Your cats will love this! As I began sewing it together - it's as though my cats knew I was making something for them. My cat Tommy (in the photos) loved the new home instantly! She was laying all over the material even before I began sewing things together. So the fishy cat house definitely looks crazy and a little silly - but that's what is great about it! You can easily alter the pattern and just use it to create a house for your kitties without making it into a fish. That's up to you! The full pattern is available so you can download in the next step. The final cat house will be approximately 25 inches long by 9 1/2 inches tall and 12 inches wide.

Also, I researched these online and only found the same old strange looking fish cat houses that people have made, based off of one single pattern that's sold in stores. I didn't like how it looked and the reviews weren't so good. So, I made my own. It's not perfect but I like how it turned out. :) This project is a little tough to sew when you get to the end - and you have to maneuver this big thing around your sewing machine. But if you're up for it - let's get started!

I couldn't figure out what to call this!!! A cat-eating fish house - a fish-eating cat house - I'm so confused! :) lol... So I stuck with a Fish Cat House!

Step 1: Requirements for Fish Cat House

When I made my fish cat house, for the outter material I used some thick fabric I previously purchased as a remnant. For the fins I used a different material, also thick, and I got those as discontinued material at the store - super cheap. If you have extra fabric around - this may be a good project to use it on. For the outter material, be sure to use something that is thick or more stable - upholstery fabric, denim or broadcloth are fine. For the inside lining material it's a good idea to use something soft like fleece.

  • Thick fabric for the outside of the house (1 to 1 1/4 yards to be safe)
  • Fleece or other soft material for the inside of the house
  • About a yard of thick fusible interfacing/stabilizer (I used Pellon 72F Double-Sided Fusible Ultra Firm Stabilizer)
  • 1/2 inch thick foam (one yard)
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron and other Sewing Supplies
  • Fabric Glue (adhesive for the eyes and brows - but you can always sew it on)
  • You can download the pattern pieces in the next step. You can either download a .pdf pattern file (which includes all the pattern pieces in the single .pdf file) - or all the pieces have also been uploaded separately as .jpgs. If you print the .jpg pattern pieces, then when you go to print them, hit print and in the settings be sure to leave the size as it is (don't stretch to fit page). If you want to print the .pdf which contains all the pattern pieces on it, then just go to File and print it out. The choice is yours!
  • After printing the pattern, you'll see that some pieces had to be cut into 2 parts or more - just piece them back together and tape them.
<p>This is awesome! So well done :) Gorgeous kitty :) xx Nat</p>
<p>That's so cute! This is just the spring break project I've been looking for.</p>
<p>What a lovely DIY! We've featured you over on the FaveCrafts Blog! :)<br><br>http://www.favecrafts.com/blog/fc/diy-dog-bed-diy-cat-house/</p>
My little Kharman Ghia would love this. I'm gonna make one soon.
awesome to hear!
Funny...Very funny.
Ahhhhhhhhhhh! How did I miss this? It's so cute! I might need to try something like this so Lu stops stealing Roscoe's dog bed. :D <br /> <br />And Tommy is just beautiful!
Thanks Jessy! :) That's cute Lu keeps stealing the dog bed! :) Cats are so funny. Your cats are beautiful too!
Purrfect! My cats will love this. Thanks!!
Awwww so cute! lovely :-)
If there was a PET contest, this would had been a grand prize winner :). Great work Holly :). I am not a cat person but your cat looks so cute inside the fish mouth :D.
I think it has a really good chance in the craft contest, too! I hope you have entered it, you've certainly got my vote!
oh yes, almost forgot about that :).
Thank you guys so much! I did enter it into the Craft one :) thanks for the support!
LOL its usually the kitty that's enjoying a fish dinner and not the other way around. Love it and I'm sure the kitties love it too. But If I was to make something like that for my kitty it would have to be large since he loves to spread out. I would have to make a whale shark possibly. Or some other type of shark? Hummm
A whale shark would be awesome! Too cute!!!
The irony of a cat inside the mouth of a fish. Amazing job Holly!!!
That is so adorable, I love it!
Aww thanks Chrysn!
Brilliant idea! This is an awesome cathouse! :3
Thank you lotuslady :)
Cool! I like the concept of seeing a cat relaxing in a big fish, funny.
Thanks Attmos!
Adorable! Tommy sure seems to love his Fish Cat House=great idea!
Thanks!!! :) Tommy needed her own hideout!
This is the coolest thing I've ever seen.
Thank you so much - that is such a nice comment! Awesome!
...and much prettier than a actual catfish :-)
Thanks!!! :)
Soo nice! If my cats will look at instructables they will sure pretend one!

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