Note* This isn’t a finely finished product. This was more of an experimental prototype. Normally I would add extra fabric pieces and sew it with my machine to create clean, closed seams; however, since my cat will not be wearing this on a daily basis (he is grateful for that), I figured I would just outline the basics. That would make it accessible and easy for anyone even if they do not have access to fabric and a sewing machine–or if they are as lazy as I am. A glue gun could also work.
Ultimately, I should have used green thread and black elastic but I made do with what I had on hand. Alas, I opted for the easiest, least expensive, thus, most democratic options!
Item used: Ikea SAGOSKATT plush toy
Other materials: scissors, needle, thread, elastic strip–3/8″(any width will work, as long as it is not too wide.)
My cat Chibby is a monster–not a mean or bad cat, just wild and crazy! I wanted to make him a Halloween costume that truly reflected his special brand of crazy wackiness. I looked at local stores and they had mostly dog costumes and I found them to be pretty lame and lacking personality–definitely not Chibby-worthy. While I was at my local Ikea picking up a few HYLLIS units so I could try out the awesome “Hyllis All the Way” hack by @ skreytumhus.is, I noticed all the great plush toys and realized they would make great pet costumes! Really, the toy section at Ikea is a virtual goldmine full of potential materials for your next Mad Hatter-themed pet party! I was first tempted to buy one of the giant plush rats and attach it to a saddle and make Chibby a beast of transportation, but that just didn’t pack enough crazy for my monster. I strolled through the toy section and voila! I spied the Sagoskatt hand puppet. It was actually a monster! Perfect!
This probably doesn’t qualify as a true hack, but since Halloween is coming up, those of you pressed for the perfect cat costume (or small dog costume) may find it handy.
I started with the SAGOSKATT plush toy $4.99.
It has an opening for a small hand, but I opened it up in the back with scissors.
I needed to make an opening big enough for Chibby’s head. I kept cutting and removing stuffing from the back part near the opening, but kept as much of the upper filling to keep the head puffy.
Front view: I cut away the bottom of the mouth and made an opening for Chibby’s face. I trimmed back the fabric but did not cut it off. I cut perpendicular notches into the fabric so I could fold it back and have enough seam allowance to close-up the opening. It is kind of like making a big donut, except I kept the fabric at the back opening intact so it made two tabs (like the back of a baseball cap.)
Not the best instructional photo, but you can see where I was stitching the front of the “donut hole” to the back. The part on the lower right will be a tab where I attached elastic. that part will go around the back of Chibby’s head.
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