Introduction: How to Sew a Kitty Cat Hat Set

About: We have cats. I like to costume and make fun things.
Make your very own kitty-cat themed warm and fuzzy winter gear set.

Pick your colors - for this pattern, I've used only about 12x15 inches of pink for paw and ear trim, 1/2 yard of purple (main) color fleece, 1/3 of a yard of cream (contrast) 1/4 of a yard of black (trim) fleece.

Tools used: circular fleece cutting tool, cutting mat, sewing machine with 2 different settings, 3 colors of thread, scissors, serger (not necessary, but makes things faster), medium weight fabric sewing machine needle, measuring tape and a dozen or so pins.

Project will probably take about 2 hours, maybe less.

Print and cut out all pattern pieces.  The only piece that is not a full size pattern is the hat dome, but there are instructions on the pattern image for making it for your size.  This hat base will have trim added to it in the second step.

Step 1: Cat Hat Part One

pin each ear wrong sides out, stitch or serge top edges together, leaving the bottom open. Turn right side out.

Pin ears on the inside of the hat base as shown, stitch the full length of the round edge, right sides in.  Go slowly over the ears, leave bottom (head opening) open.

Turn hat inside out.  ears should be sticking more or less straight up and out a bit, but not floppy.

Step 2: Cat Hat Part 2

Stitch short edge of hat trim, wrong side out, to make a loop with one seam

As in photo, insert top edge of the trim inside the hat, with the hat right side out and the trim piece wrong side out. Overlap will help stiffen the hat base.  About 3 inches of fleece will be inside the hat. Stitch 1.5 inches from the bottom edge of the hat, all the way around, so the two pieces are attached.

Fold the trim over to the outside of the hat.  Change stitch to 1.5 or less and 4 out of 5 on a wide zig-zag stitch.  Right on the edge of the trim, just inside the black, zig-zag stitch all the way around. The zig-zag stitch eliminates an open edge.  Doing the stitch in the middle of the edge instead of just inside the edge will make the fleece want to roll up under your needle.

Hat is done!

Step 3: Scarf Paws Part One

Pin paw pads to paw contrast base.  Pink paw pads face out- right side up on right side of paw.  Use the zig-zag stitch, length 1.5 ish to prevent bunching of paw dots.  Stitch at a slow, even rate all the way around each of the 8 paw circles, just on the inside edge of the paw dots, to keep all the pink thread on the inside of the pink fabric.

(while you have the pink or whichever paw color thread in your machine, stitch the nose to the mouth in the same manner)

Stitch paws to scarf ends, as in photo.

Step 4: Scarf Part 2

Pin both scarf pieces together, right sides in.  Pins every 9-12 inches along the edge work fine.

Stitch all the way around the outside of the scarf, except for a 3-4 inch opening in the middle of a long edge.  This part will most likely be behind your neck and less visible when closed from the outside.

Turn scarf inside out, then stitch the hole closed by folding the fleece inside and using white and black or appropriate color threads.  Stitches disappear pretty well in the fleece anyway, so it still won't be very visible.  Press flat or cool iron if desired.

Step 5: Finishing Scarf

Scarf turned right side out, pre-stitching hole.

Step 6: Face Mask

The face mask.  These things are apparently all the rage at the moment in anime culture.  This one will have the added benefit of keeping your face warm.

Stitch the mask curved sides together to make a slight cup shape, turn right side out.

As with the paw dots, zig-zag stitch the mouth, with white or other same color thread in a zig-zag all the way around to make it flat against the mask.  Sharpie on the mouth shape or black zig-zag stitch on for a happy cat face.  Stitch two narrow (1/4 inch or around there), 12 inch or so lengths of black or any other color fleece to the mask so you can tie it around your ears.  Another option is to fold over the long ends of the mask and stitch, inserting a line of cord to tie instead of fleece lengths.

You're done!

Step 7: You're Finished!

Yay, final image : )

As an option, you can easily add a matching tail by cutting a long rectangle of your main fabric color, and a short rectangle of the contrast color.  Stitch together to make one long rectangle, then fold/stitch into a tube, turn inside out and stuff.  stitch closed and add strings to tie to the back of your belt.

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