I love to take Christmas pictures of my cats. Especially if I can get them to wear something that reflects the holiday, and then sit still for the camera. Somehow, I can never seem to get those two things to happen at once.
This year, I made a cape for my Manx, T’Siri, out of fabric I had in my sewing room. I couldn’t find anything like this in the stores. All the stuff made for dogs are too small, too big or too “doggy.”
In this project, I’ll give T’Siri’s measurements in parentheses.
You will need:
• Scrap fabric of main color, at least a half-yard
• Scrap faux wool
• Hook and loop tape
• Sewing equipment or fabric glue
• Measuring tape
Take the following measurements:
Around the neck (11″)
Around the rib cage where you want the cinch to go (15″)
From the neck to the back of the hips (13″)
Across the shoulders (6″)
The width of the cape at the waist (10″)
Record these measurements on a piece of paper. You can make a paper pattern first, test it on the pet and adjust as necessary.
If you don’t sew, fabric glue or glue tape that works with an iron is a perfect alternative.
Lay out your fabric. If you made a paper pattern, lay that on the fabric and cut out, keeping the grain of the fabric running down the center.
I made the collar, or cape neckpiece out of a scrap of faux wool that I have. I cut a 3-inch wide piece of fabric 12″ long. I sewed it into a tube, leaving an opening at the center for the cape to be attached, marking the center with a pin or marker.
I inserted a ribbon through the tube, and stitched the openings closed, leaving the elastic enough space to open and close. Of course, elastic, snaps or hook and loop tape also works well.
Cut out and hem the cape. Mark the center of the neck, and where you want to attach the cinch. Cut out the cinch, the part that goes around the pet’s waist, giving a one to two inch overlap for fastening. Elastic, ties, snaps or hook and loop tape all work well here.
Try the collar and cinch on the pet. They should fit around the neck and waist easily, and should not be tight.
Attach the cape to the collar, matching center marks. Attach the cinch. Try it on the pet to see if everything works.
Trim the edges with laces, gold trims or other ornaments. Be careful to use items the pet won’t eat or get stuck on their teeth. Do not leave the cape and the pet alone.
T’Siri looks like a Christmas kitty with her new cape. Holding her still for a picture, however, is another story.
Source: The author of this article has over 40 years of experience in diverse forms of crafting, designing, and building furniture, outdoor projects and more.