Last Minute Easy Cat Ears Costume Tutorial

This isn't a crafty blog, but I came up with this quick way to make cat ears for my four month old baby's kitty costume and I figured it should be shared.  The Eat Make Grow Blog Hop is bringing out my crafty side.  I'm pretty thrilled with how adorable these kitty ears are for a Halloween costume.  We had a pumpkin carving party yesterday and she was a big hit.  I have the party menu up on Pinterest if you're more interested in the food.

To make the ears I cut the points of the collar off a black dress shirt, hand sewed them onto a black headband and then outlined with pink embroidery floss.  To make this costume work you don't need a kitty face onesie, a black shirt would work just as well.  Use eyeliner to draw on whiskers and pink lipstick on the nose and you're good to go.  If you have a little one, I'm not sure at what age make-up is safe.  I'll leave that up to you to figure out.

Here's how I made the kitty ears. 

These are the materials:

  1. Black headband
  2. Black dress shirt with collar to cut up
  3. Pink embroidery floss
  4. Black thread
  5. Scissors
  6. 1 needle for embroidery, 1 for thread
I got the dress shirt from a thrift store for 50 cents.  The baby headbands were a couple bucks for a multi-color pack of six from a drug store.  The pink embroidery floss and black thread I had on hand.  

Since I didn't think about writing this up as a tute I didn't take any pictures as I was making it, but you can see above how the ear is made by cutting off the point of the collar.  It works great because they are already  finished.  

Then I hand sewed the ears on to the headband with the black thread.  I eyeballed where the ears should be by putting the headband on the baby and marking with a straight pin.  The ears will curl forward on their own because of the curve of the head.  

Then I took the pink embroidery floss and outlined with big loose stitches.  That's it.  Not difficult if you can get a hold of the materials.  Start to finish it took me about 10 minutes once I had everything I needed. I actually did it while nursing the baby right before the party started. 

Here's the whole costume:

She had some green legging.  She didn't need them because it wasn't that cold.


  1. Cutes patoots! We'll make a crafter out of you yet!

  2. Fun project! And cute baby to boot!!

  3. Anonymous11/02/2012

    Love it!
    And that menu sounds delish. :)
    How was Halloween, Foy?

  4. So adorable! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at ‘Or so she says…’. I would love to have you back again to share even more of your great ideas. There’s a link party kicking off in the morning (every Sat. through Tues.) Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

  5. How cute is that?! Easy and fun project--thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

  6. Whenever you add animal accessories or costumes to a baby, it's going to be CUTE! That's just a simple fact right there. Just like these giraffe costume, they are the perfect Halloween costumes for kids and toddlers. Easy to wear and very affordable.

  7. This is so cute!

    I would love for you to link up at the Empty Your Archive party which has children's clothes as one of it's themes this week - Alice @ Mums Make Lists x