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Are you looking to make an easy cat costume? Well, you’re in luck! This gorgeous black cat costume is not only super cozy and adorable, but it’s also incredibly simple to make. All you need is some soft black plush fabric or faux fur, a bit of bendable wire, a needle and thread, and a headband. With these few materials, you can create a stunning black cat costume that will make you stand out from the crowd.
The Most Popular Halloween Costume
A black cat costume is undeniably one of the most popular choices for Halloween. Everywhere you look, you’ll find people donning cat ears and whiskered faces. It’s a simple and classic choice that never fails to impress. But just because it’s popular doesn’t mean your DIY cat costume can’t be unique and eye-catching. With a little homemade magic, you can create a black cat costume that is truly one of a kind.
How to Make an Easy Cat Costume
While I used a sewing machine for this cat costume, you can sew it by hand if you don’t have one. No glue gun is necessary either! The first step is to create the cat ears. You can find various methods for making cat ears, but I’ll share a simple and refined technique that I’ve found to work best.
DIY Cat Ears
First, cut out a triangle shape from your chosen fabric, making sure to extend it down about an inch at the bottom. Sew the front and back pieces of the ear together, leaving the bottom open. If needed, trim any excess fabric and turn the ears inside out. To hold up the fabric ears, insert a piece of bendable wire into each ear. Finally, attach the ears to a headband, ensuring they are evenly spaced and securely sewn in place.
Fingerless Gloves and Leg Warmers
To complete the cat costume, make fingerless gloves and leg warmers/boot cuffs using the same fabric or faux fur you used for the ears. Measure your wrist and hand width, and the desired length for the gloves. Cut out the fabric accordingly and leave an opening for the thumb. Sew the fabric edges together, leaving a thumb hole. For the leg warmers/boot cuffs, measure your ankle and the circumference of your heel and ankle. Cut the fabric to the desired length and width, ensuring it can slip over your ankle comfortably.
Creating a Cat Tail
Making a cat tail is even easier than the ears and gloves. Cut a rectangular piece of fabric to your desired length and twice as wide as you want the tail to be, plus an inch for seam allowance. Fold the fabric in half, lengthwise, with right sides together. Sew along the long side, leaving one end open. Stuff the tail with polyester stuffing or any other material of your choice, and close the open end. Attach the tail to your skirt or costume using safety pins or any preferred method.
A Stunning Half Circle Skirt
I absolutely love this skirt! It’s a half circle skirt with a bubble skirt overlay, giving it a unique and elegant look. To make this skirt, you’ll need some basic sewing skills and a sewing machine. Cut out a half circle shape from lining fabric, making sure the fabric doesn’t stretch. Stay stitch along the top to prevent fraying and sew the crinoline to the liner, gathering the fabric at the top. Add a ribbon waistband to secure everything in place and create pintucks at the bottom of the skirt for extra volume. Hem the liner, and voila! You have a stunning skirt for your black cat costume.
Cat Costume Makeup
To complete your black cat costume, don’t forget the makeup! Apply false eyelashes, create a black cat nose, and draw on some whiskers. These simple touches will enhance your overall look and make you the most stunning cat on the block.
So, why spend money on a store-bought costume when you can create your own fabulous black cat costume? With a little creativity and some basic sewing skills, you can design a unique and impressive costume that will make you the star of any Halloween party.
Written and photographed by Janice Croze, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom and Janice Croze Photography. Additional photography by Andreas Bernauer Photography.