Introduction: Keyboard Cat

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No, not THAT keyboard cat, silly. There's a new keyboard cat in town... 

The the geeky lovechild of keyboard cat and long cat. Oh yeah, this cat has nerd to spare...

Is your desk not up to your nerd standards? Do you have lolcats on your screen but not on your desk? Incidentally, do your wrists sometimes get tired? No more I say! Down with cat-less keyboards and limp wrists. We're going to make ourselves a keyboard cat wrist rest!

(P.S. - Don't know what keyboard cat and/or longcat are? Check out - and welcome to the internet)

Step 1: The Supplies

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So, we’re going to make the geekiest wrist rest your desk has ever seen, in a few easy steps. It’s comfy enough for any computer, and dorky enough for lolcat lovers, meme-followers, and nerds of all flavor. The kitty rest we’re going to make is like longcat's long-lost cousin or the nerdy programmer sibling of keyboard cat.

We’ll need:
-about half a yard or so of fabric
-matching thread
-scissors & pins
-a big ol’ bag of rice.

If you decide you want to go the ol’ fashioned way like me and hand embroider, you’ll also need floss, a needle, and an embroidery hoop.

Step 2: The Planning

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We need to plan out the dimensions of our kitty. Now, kitty isn’t hugely technical. Basically, start with the measurement of your keyboard. Add the desired width of your cat (usually around 4 inches or so). Then draw a little rounded square for your kitty head, (just a little larger than the body) and a couple of legs and a tail. Don’t worry about it being perfect. Keyboard cats are known for their quirkiness.

If you're embroidering, you will also, of course, need some dork-worthy embroidery. For this occasion, I’m going to combine and separate two different designs. This is, of course, plenty easy to do with hand embroidery. If you’re doing it with machine embroidery, it’s also possible, you just have to watch which stops you sew.

In this case, I’m taking the nerd glasses from “talk nerdy to me," and the text from “adorkable," designs available on my website, if you should feel so inclined.

Step 3: The Embroidery

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So, once you know the size of your cat, you can figure out how large you want your embroidery to be, and print and transfer accordingly. I’m starting with my little nerdy glasses. Be sure to leave enough space around the glasses for hooping

I started with a nice solid satin stitch for our nerdy glasses. I only embroidered up to the edge of where our kitty face will end.  I added a little triangle nose, and then embroidered his body with "I'm Adorkable". Because he is.

If you're not so inclined towards the needle and thread, you could probably just draw or pain on his little nerdy glasses.  But for heavens sake, give him something, or he'll just be a weird little blank face kitty rest, which doesn't make you dorky, it makes you creepy.

Step 4: Kitteh Head!

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Embroidery is done! Let’s start with our kitty face.

Cut your kitty face out to size. Remember to leave plenty of space for seam allowance. Also, cut another piece to size, so you have two halves of your kitty face to stitch together. In case you’re wondering, my kitty face was a little wider than 4 inches (without seam allowance) and about 3 1/2 inches high.

Before we stitch the two halves together, we need some kitty ears! Fold some fabric in half and cut two small triangles for ears. Stitch along the edges of the ears and turn them right side out.

Put your two kitty pieces together right sides together. Carefully pin your ears pointy side in.

Step 5: Stitching & Stuffin' the Kitteh Head

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Sew a seam around the edge of your kitty, making sure it catches both the ears. Be sure to leave a small gap at the bottom edge of your kitty face so you can turn him right side out.
Once he’s turned right side out, behold the dorkiest kitty face you’ve ever stitched. Even his ears look dorky. That, my friends, is a feat of crafting.

Now it’s on to filling our kitty with rice. Kitties get nice and plump on a steady diet of rice.
If you need some help filling him up without a mess, try making a little funnel out of scrap paper, and filling the rice up that way. After he’s full, use a small stitch to sew the gap up nice and tight.

I have to admit, this might be the weirdest photo I’ve ever taken for a tutorial...

So, here’s your adorable little disembodied kitty head. You could stop now, but that would make you pretty weird.

Step 6: Legs N' Things

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Now, a kitty body needs kitty legs, and kitty probably wants a tail too. Cut some long legs and a nice long tail, making sure you leave enough width for seam allowance. You’re going to want to make these a lot longer than you need them, so you have plenty of room to stitch them into your kitty.

Stitch around your legs and your tail, and then carefully turn them right side out. Once you’ve pushed out all the edges, carefully fill each of them with a little bit of rice.

Tip your legs so the rice gathers at the bottom, keeping them clear from your stitching. Stick them back under the machine and sew them shut at the open end. When you’re done you should have four nice kitty legs and one nice long kitty tail.

Step 7: Stitching the Body

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So, now it’s time for our kitty body. Carefully cut out two of your body shape (around your embroidery). Make sure it’s at least as long as your keyboard plus seam allowance. Place the two layers right side together. Take some kitty legs and a tail and place them facing inwards, making sure enough of the ends are left out to be caught by the seam. Do the same at the other end with the front legs.

Pin both sides together, taking care to pin the legs in place. Sew a seam around the edge twice to make sure no rice leaks out, making sure to leave a small gap along the long edge so you can turn it right side out.

Step 8: Stitching N' Stuffing

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Once it’s turned right side out, you can fill the rest of your kitty with rice. Fill him till he’s nice and full, but remember, he doesn’t need to be a fat kitty, just a little bit flat kitty. Once he’s full enough, stitch the gap closed.

Step 9: Finishing Da' Kitteh

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Finally, it’s time to stitch the kitty head in place. Place it so it just overlaps his front arms, then lift up his head a bit and whip stitch him in place.

Step 10: Keyboard Catness

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Finally, place your kitty upon his rightful throne of dorkiness, right on your desktop. He’ll hang out in front of your keyboard, like a good little keyboard cat, until you’re ready to get to work. His dorky little face will brighten your day every time you take to the keyboard, because you have to admit, he is adorkable.

If you're nerdy enough to like this or my other tutorials, you can check out lots more in our tutorial section at Urban Threads.

Viva la keyboard cat!!


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ROBO HUB (author)2016-12-10


zposner (author)2016-12-10

Very cute, and usefull

Whovian123 (author)2016-07-24

going to have to try this thanks!!!

Kekshexe made it! (author)2016-07-06

It was an easter present for my sister. She startet a new job in may and since we didn't know, which way her desk and keyboard would be positioned, I made a KITTEEH that could lie in this or that direction. I just added a velcro to her head and body and stiched the "Adorkable" on botch sides. Voilà - side-switch-keyboard-kitteeh.

Very nice instructable, great idea!

Only thing I missed: the width of the cat. I think mine is a bit skinny..

thinkiam (author)2016-03-20

I love this and am going to try it, but I have a question. Couldn't I just cut the initial body outline with the legs and tail included rather than sewing them all on individually? Or is there a specific reason for doing it this way that I'm missing?

GinnyS5 (author)thinkiam2016-03-26

If you sew them as one the crotch area becomes unattractively overly gathered and not as flexible as doing each part separate. Plus it give you the option to change fabric colors if you should like to.

marlene802 (author)thinkiam2016-03-20

I would say she did them separately due to the rice. If it was all one piece the rice in the "limbs" when moved around and poor kitty wouldn't only be flat footed but tailed too. Not sure if this is the reason or not but sounded reasonable to me.

DanielaR1 (author)2016-03-21

Genius and cute!!!

LeslieGeee (author)2016-03-20

Totally Adorkable !!!!!! :)

Ida_23 (author)2016-03-20

No conflicts with the mouse?

Great work, I'll try to do it. Thank you!

BridgeStt (author)2016-03-20

PURR-fect! I'm going to make one for the keyboard, and one (with a tad bit more stuffing for my non-keyboard cat :)

Althea MaeH (author)2015-11-27


Werewolf-Pasta (author)2015-05-15

I'll definitely make this.

jcee52 (author)2015-01-12

the glasses and little pink noise are adorable!

nsteinmann1 made it! (author)2014-02-11

Just made mine and I've gone for a slightly wilder version :-) Thanks.

Luv2cook74 (author)nsteinmann12014-12-19

love your lion! :)

Luv2cook74 (author)2014-12-15

awesome, I love cats!

Phoenix Flare (author)2014-07-09

Wow! Creative and trendy!

etrlp (author)2014-02-22


MorganGardiner (author)2014-01-15


Thainna Jubiry Rios (author)2013-09-02


beshtia (author)2013-05-20

Just finished mine.It's simple and awesome!Thanks for the idea and tutorial.

Maro237 (author)2013-05-07

How long did it take you?

herpies free since 03 (author)2013-04-03

This is very misleading. When I saw the title, I thought we had to use actual cats. When I actually took my cat and put it on the keyboard, he broke my keyboard. You're lucky I'm broke and can't afford a lawyer. Or else you would be SO sued right now, like legit. Seriously. I mean it. For realsies. Naw dip.

sassimo03 (author)2011-10-10

I'm SO going to make one now! The nerdy cats are too cute! X D

Juleemt (author)2011-10-03

super cuteeeeeeeeeeeeeee ♥

cbraga (author)2011-05-02

Made my own Keyboard Cat, a little different, but still cute ;)

kscott3 (author)cbraga2011-07-19

AWWWW i love yours he is so cute with the milk spot ♥

UrbanThreads (author)cbraga2011-05-02

Aww love it. The black is a good idea :)

kscott3 (author)2011-07-19

WOW those are sooooo adorable i wish you could order them awww ♥♥♥ them

ababypenguin (author)2011-05-17

Awesome! I can't wait to make one. However, I don't know about using rice to stuff it with. I can imagine the Keyb Cat getting covered in sweat and dirt over time. Except you can't really throw a plush filled with rice in the washing machine can you! :p He might come out very soggy and swollen. I want to make one, I just have to find something that can replace the rice...

ignore my last post :p the rice feels so comfy! Thanks for this 'ible! It was so fun to make and I learned a lot about sewing lol

tommagic1 (author)2011-03-24

Be careful not to let your keyboard cat get near your mouse!

hintss (author)tommagic12011-03-24


The nerdling (author)hintss2011-05-04

henrey in side lol i bet your neme is henrey

hintss (author)The nerdling2011-05-07

henry, actually. it was intentionally misspelled by my friend, who drew that, to show incompetence.

The nerdling (author)2011-05-04

you could use the tiny styrophome balls in bean bags.
it will be alot more comfy and portable because you will be able to fold it better and it will be lighter

luzma (author)2011-03-28

very nice! just finished mine!

UrbanThreads (author)luzma2011-05-02

Love him!!

enrhedando (author)2011-04-15

a parte de cómodo cuando se escribe mucho, es precioso!

Mimikry (author)2011-04-03

great one!
i'll make one of these!

T0C (author)2011-03-30

Hah! L


bowmaster (author)2011-03-27

Very nice!!! I'd use something else rather then rice, a mouse could attack your cat and make a home in it.

cemo702 (author)2011-03-27

just so pretty cat
nice idea. thnk you

silfora (author)2011-03-25

I Love it!!! Its exactly what I need, will try to make it!!! Thanks a lot!!

chicopluma (author)2011-03-25

it looks much more comfortable that the ones at sale and it reminds me the dog of dilbert

Dream Dragon (author)2011-03-25

Looks like you've made a bit of an impact, I was reading this project earlier and then someone emailed this link...

Well done, and thanks for sharing!

ducktape.mac (author)2011-03-23

FINALLY!!! just what i needed!!!! my wrist feel like they are gonna fall off whenever i am typing up a paper or doing an outline. it's also affordable. those gel things go for like 25 bucks.

this one i can make using household materials.

Cheap was right! The fabric was actually a tea towel I already had and the bag o' rice... well, if you don' use it all, you can just eat it!

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