Who wants a cat sweater tutorial?! Okay, here we go…
Please keep in mind that I have never tried to digitize a pattern that I have made before. I tried to make the pattern so it will print out the correct size so you can just pin it onto your cloth and cut out the pieces, but please forgive me if the sizing is off. With that in mind, let’s make a cat sweater!
- 1/4 – 1/2 yard of fleece depending on the size of your cat
- Printer/paper to print out pattern
- Tape Measure
- Sewing machine (optional – you could hand sew it)
Print and Cut Out the Pattern
The first thing that you need to do is print and cut out the pattern. This pattern is sized for my 5-month-old Devon Rex kitten. She’s approximately 4 pounds and 12 inches from her collar to the base of her tail. I would classify this as a size small sweater, for kittens under 1-year-old. You can easily size this pattern up for your own cat’s size.
For the arms, you will need 2 pieces of fleece that are 7.25″ x 1.75″. You will end up folding this length-wise when you sew them onto the body, so it’s 2 long tubes.
For the neck, you will need 1 piece of fleece that is 10.5″ x 2″. You will end up folding this length-wise when you sew them onto the body, so it’s a long tube.
For the body, you will need a piece of fleece that is approximately 12″ vertically and 15.5″ horizontally.
The body pattern should print on 2 separate pieces of paper because it’s just a bit too long for 1 piece. Simply cut out the pattern and match up the dots that I put on the bottom of the body and tape it together.
The pattern is for half of the body. Just fold the cloth for the body, and match it up to the folded edge on the pattern. After you cut it out you will be left with 1 piece of cloth that looks a little bit like a tank top.
Pin on the Arms and Neck
First, take both arms and the neck, and fold them so they are long tubes, with the pretty side of the cloth facing out.
Next, put these tubes in their correct locations on the arms and neck, lined up with the pretty side of the body. Match up the raw edges and pin.
Sew on the Pieces
After that, you’ll use the Zig-Zag stitch and attach the neck and arms onto the body. If you look in the picture above, the neck has been sewn on, but the arms are still pinned. You will be zig-zagging through 3 layers of fabric – 2 from the tubes and 1 of the body.
If you look at the above picture, that is the ugly side of the fabric. The arm tubes are pinned on the opposite side.
Zig-zagging through 3 layers of fabric can be a little tricky. If you miss one of the layers here and there – no biggie. Once you take it off of your machine just take a peek and see if you missed any little edges. You can easily stick it back on your machine and go over just that part with the zig-zag. See the picture below for an example.
Make it Into a real Sweater!
Finally, fold it with the pretty sides together, and match up the sides. Be sure that you’re properly matching up the ends of the neck tube and the ends of the arms to make the one big armhole. Pin them together. Do a straight stitch on the edges, trim away the excess, then do a zig-zag stitch down for extra stability.
Turn it Pretty Side Out, and Admire Your Work!
As I said above, this is for a kitten, but you can easily enlarge the pattern a few inches here and there to make a custom fit for your cat. The main measurements are collar to base of tail, around the tummy, and the neck. The armhole is fairly universal. I hope that you found this cat sweater pattern helpful. It’s great for a Devon Rex or Spyhnx cat.