Crafts for your cat: Classy Cat Tuxedo!

Hey, everyone! I found a book in my book cabinet that I had bought long ago. It was about cats, caring for them, and most importantly, pampering them! I found so many things in it, like clothing or toys that you could make, kitty treats to create, and so much more! I’d absolutely love to share them all with you, so every so often I will post them here. 😀

Got a special event coming up–a royal ball or wedding? If your handsome male cat needs to be a special guest, make this elegant tuxedo for him.

What you need:

  • Nontoxic fabric glue
  • Cotton fabric (white or black)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Velcro
  • Small bowtie (black, red, or patterned)
  • 3 white buttons (optional)
  • Nontoxic fabric marker (gray)

How to make:

  1. Measure a length of 5-7 inches (13-18 cm) (depending on the size of your cat) of white fabric, 3 inches (8 cm) wide.
  2. Cut fabric into a rounded oval shape, making one of the shorter ends flat toward the edge.
  3. If any of the edges are frayed, smooth their edges by gluing to the back. If you have three white buttons, glue them down the center of the fabric so they look like the buttons of a blouse. Otherwise, use a thin gray fabric marker to draw real-looking buttons down the center.
  4. Use the fabric marker to draw very thin pleats straight down the fabric. They should look like six soft lines going straight down the shirt. Make sure that two of them are on either side of the buttons.
  5. Cut a long strip of fabric, about 8 inches (20 cm) long to make the shirt collar. Measure the length around your kitty’s neck so that you can adjust how long it should be. (You MUST make sure that it fits loosely around his neck, not tight!) Cut to fit.
  6. Using fabric glue, glue pieces of Velcro to the ends of the fabric collar. Make sure they attach together before you glue them permanently.
  7. Glue the straight edge of the rounded “blouse” to the collar strip so that it hangs down the middle.
  8. Glue the small bowtie to the collar center, at the top of the “blouse”; place it above the first button. (Make sure that you glue the bowtie very well–you don’t want it to fall off!)
  9. Leave flat to dry–overnight is best.

Remember, never leave your cat alone with any clothing or toys that you make. You want to keep an eye on your cat at all times while he/she wears or plays with it.

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