Dress up your kitty (or small dog) for the 4th of July with this Free Patriotic Cat-Kerchief Sewing Pattern and tutorial! This DIY Cat Outfit is the perfect way to dress up the cat and celebrate the holiday with the family! This post is sponsored by FELIWAY®, but all opinions are my own.
DIY Cat Outfits:
Summer has arrived in Texas! I read online that this last May was the hottest May on record for our area. I believe it- it’s been hot, hot, and more hot.
The heat and humidity we get here in Central Texas during the late spring and early summer will often combine to make for some crazy strong storms and we definitely had a doozie last night! Lots of thunder, lightning, and wind. (Check out the neighbor’s trampoline – yep, one neighbor’s trampoline was tossed up in the air and landed upside down on the other neighbor’s trampoline!)
With all the commotion last night, it was no surprise to wake up and find I had a visitor right next to me in my bed (Rocky) and another visitor (my lil missy) sleeping on the chaise lounge in my room. I couldn’t help but smile as I know they are both afraid of late night thunderstorms.
It’s not only thunderstorms that Rocky is afraid of, he is also very frightened by fireworks. The loud pops and booms always send him scrambling to hide in my room. I’m always afraid he’ll get locked in there one day and begin using a spot in my room instead of his litter box.
While we love celebrating the 4th of July around here, (as you can see by this post – no one is immune to being dressed up in patriot outfits ) I do wish others would respect the city ordinance of no fireworks within the city limits. Since we all know that’s not going to happen, I have to do what I can to keep my pets calm and happy during these events.
One of the ways I comfort my cats is with the combined use of the FELIWAY® CLASSIC Diffuser and the FELIWAY® CLASSIC Spray. (I’ve been using the FELIWAY® MultiCat Diffuser to help ease the tension between my two cats and it really seems to be helping. I swear that is a smile on my perpetually grumpy-refuse-to-look-in-my-direction-for-photos cat.)
The way the Diffuser works is it plugs into an outlet and continuously releases a copy of a natural pheromone or “happy messages” that comforts cats and kittens in stressful situations like thunderstorms, fireworks, and even loud unruly visitors.
The FELIWAY® CLASSIC Spray takes it a step further since you can spray it directly in your cat’s bedding or travel carrier and the spray does its work by providing “happy messages” to cats which helps make them feel more comfortable and secure at home. (I spray it right onto Rocky’s bed.)
Other tips to help make your cat feel safe during thunderstorms and fireworks:
- Make sure to bring him or her indoors.
- Let your cat hide in his favorite hiding spot. (Perhaps spray a favorite blanket or pillow with the FELIWAY® CLASSIC Spray and put it in their favorite spot.) Let him come out when ready.
- Stay calm yourself and gently comfort and pet your cat if he’ll let you (but don’t give extra attention if he doesn’t want it, this will stress him out even more.).
- Distract your kitty with toys, catnip or his favorite treat.
Ready to make your kitty an adorable patriotic cat outfit? Read on for the instructions and free pattern link!
How to make your own Patriotic Cat Outfit:
Materials needed for the Cat-Kerchief
- 2 18 by 11 pieces of fabric
- pattern: Download Cat-Kerchief Pattern here
- Hook and loop fastening tape (I used the sticky back velcro for fabric)
- basic sewing supplies
Fold fabric in half and line up pattern piece on the fold of the fabric. Cut one front piece and one back piece.
Right sides together, pin the two pieces together and sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Leave a 2-inch gap at the top for flipping the cat-kerchief right side out.
Cut tiny notches into the curves of the pattern, taking care not to cut into the seam.
Fip the kerchief right side out.
Press the seams flat, tucking in the gap. Pin the gap closed and top stitch all the way around the kerchief.
Cut two small pieces of the hook and loop.
I recommend trying the kerchief on your cat to get the perfect fit, you don’t want it too tight, but not so loose they can slip out of it
Sew the hook and loop in place. (or in my case, just peel off the sticky back.) And you are done!
Now go try it on your kitties and take some pictures!
If you make a Cat-Kerchief with this pattern Please, Please, Please share a picture! You can share to my facebook page or tag me on Instagram with #scatteredmompatterns!
Now it’s your turn! Would you make an outfit for your dog or cat? Let us know in the comments below and I would also be interested in hearing if you’ve ever had any success with the FELIWAY® Products.