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DIY Cat Clothes: 8 Plans and Patterns You Can Make Today (With Pictures)

Rachael Gerkensmeyer

By Rachael Gerkensmeyer

White cat in red clothes

Dressing kitties up in clothes is fun and sometimes necessary. Some cats get cold during the winter months and can use extra protection from the chilly weather. Other cats simply enjoy wearing a shirt or sweater.

You can always buy clothes for your cat, but making cat clothes is a great way to show your love and to create a bigger bond with them. Luckily, there are plenty of plans and patterns available for various cat clothes, so you can create a cool wardrobe for your kitty. Here are eight plans and patterns that you can start making today:

1. Simple DIY Sock Onesie

Materials and Tools: An old long sock, scissors
Difficulty Level: Easy

This snuggly DIY sock onesie is sure to keep your kitty warm on chilly days. It was designed to keep cats from licking their incisions after being spayed or neutered, but it can be used at any time as a cute outfit for your feline family member. All you need is a long sock and scissors. After cutting a few strategic holes in the sock, it should fit on your kitty like a glove.


2. DIY Repurposed Cat Sweater

Materials and Tools: An old hoodie sweatshirt, scissors, a needle, thread
Difficulty Level: Moderate

You can make a new sweater for your cat by repurposing an old hoodie. You will have to cut the hoodie completely open, and you will only be using a portion of the hoodie when all is said and done, but you will be left with an adorable little sweater that will keep your kitty warm and cozy. This project requires sewing with a needle and thread but does not require any extensive sewing experience.


3. DIY Cat Bandana

Materials and Tools: ¼ yard of fabric, thread, included bandana pattern, embroidery floss, pins, scissors, sewing machine, Velcro
Difficulty Level: Moderate

If you have a little experience using a sewing machine, you can create a customized DIY bandana for your kitty that is sure to look adorable. This bandana is snug enough to stay on but will not impede your cat’s movements. The project should not take longer than an hour after gathering all the necessary tools and materials.


4. Cute DIY Shirt for Kittens

Materials and Tools: An ankle sock, scissors
Difficulty Level: Easy

Kittens look adorable in little shirts, but they tend to mess them up while playing and exploring. So, why not make your kitten a cute shirt out of an ankle sock that is okay to ruin? This DIY kitten shirt project will help you do just that. All you need is an ankle sock, scissors, and about 15 minutes to make your own kitty shirt. Whenever your kitty ruins a shirt that you make them, you can just make another.


5. Unique DIY Cat Hoodie

Materials and Tools: Material, sewing machine, needles, thread, tape measure, scissors
Difficulty Level: Hard

If you want your cat to wear store-quality clothes, this is the perfect DIY clothing project to consider. This DIY cat hoodie looks like just it came off a department store shelf when complete. Choose your colors, your embellishments, then take measurements and get to sewing. Before you know it, your cat will look like they just got off work.


6. Protective DIY Cat Coat

Materials and Tools: Material, tape measure, pencil, sewing machine, needles, thread, scissors
Difficulty Level: Hard

This DIY cat coat is great for winter months when it snows. Whether your cat goes outside or not, this coat will keep them warm so they don’t have to hide away in a bed to stay comfortable. This plan comes complete with a little hood, but the hood can be left off if your cat does like having things on their heads.


7. DIY Lion’s Mane Cat Hat

Materials and Tools: Yarn, tape measure, knitting needles
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Sometimes it is fun to dress our cats up during the holidays, especially when Halloween comes around. This DIY lion’s mane cat hat is a great costume option, but it can also help keep your kitty warm on a regular chilly day. Use a traditional orange or brown color to match a real lion’s mane, or get creative and use a variety of vibrant colors that will help you keep track of your cat when you supervise their time spent outside.


8. DIY Christmas Cat Hat

Materials and Tools: Yarn, tape measure, knitting needles
Difficulty Level: Moderate

You can make the Christmas holiday even more fun with the help of a DIY holiday cat hat. Dressing your cat up in a Christmas hat will help keep them warm while giving you that fuzzy holiday feeling. This is a knitting pattern, so a little experience is helpful but not necessary.

Final Thoughts

Not all cats like to wear clothing, but those that do will enjoy handmade clothes just as much as store-bought options. From super simple to complex, the DIY cat clothing plans and patterns featured on this list are sure to cure your cravings for cuteness while helping your cat stay warm and cozy.


Featured Image Credit: MabelAmber, Pixabay

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