In our house, cats are more than just a favourite; our cats rule our home and everyone in the family or who visits our home loves our furry friends and knows just how much we all, as a household, adore them. In fact, we adore all cats, whether they’re ours or not! We’re sure it’ll come as no surprise to you, then, that we’re always on the lookout for cute ways to put our DIY skills to good use making fun things inspired by our favourite animal and furriest family members.
Just in case you adore the idea of making DIY cat themed crafts and projects just as much as we do, if not more, here are 15 of the very best tutorials we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration!
1. Sock monkey style plush cat
If you’ve never experienced the fun of making a sock monkey before then we’re sorry to tell you that you’ve been missing out! As a fellow cat lover, however, we’d encourage you to put your basic sewing skills to good use by making this slightly alternative version of the same idea and crating a sock kitty instead! See how they’re made in more detail on Professor Pin Cushion!
2. Stitched leather cat phone sleeve
Are you the kind of cat lover who is so invested in your adoration of your furry friends that you find yourself wishing you could show that off a little bit in some subtle, stylish way on a daily basis? Then perhaps making yourself a cat themed phone accessory would be the best idea for you! This adorable stitched leather phone case is dual functional because it will help you show off your love for cats and keep your phone from getting scratched. Get the full details for how it’s made on Lana Red Studio.
3. Personalized kitty mug
Whenever we get up early in the morning, before the rest of the family is awake, our cats are the perfect company for our sunrise coffee. That’s probably why we loved this idea from Phenomenal Haley for making a kitty cat nose and whisker themed mug so much! This project is particularly great for those who love hand drawing details (and it’s very easy to make).
4. DIY cat pencil case
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about simple cat themed crafts that might put your sewing skills to good use but you’d rather make something that has some kind of practical function rather than just a plush toy or decorative piece? Then we have a feeling you might get along a little better with this idea from My White Idea! Their tutorial walks you step by step through the process of making a simple fabric cat shaped pencil case.
5. DIY stuffed kitty pillow
Maybe the concept of making a plush cat piece using your simplest sewing skills actually appeals to you very much indeed but you’re a bit more of a beginner than the sock kitty calls for and you’d rather make something with a slightly simpler shape? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Crafted Sparrow made this adorable stuffed cat pillow with an embroidered face.
6. Wire kitty bookmark
If there’s one thing we love almost as much as we love spending time with our cats, it’s reading a good book (which, if we’re being honest, we usually do while we spend time with our cats). That’s probably why this adorable idea from Amy Latta Creations caught our attention so well! They teach you how to make little cat shaped bookmark using simple wire bending techniques.
7. Detailed DIY felt kitties
Just in case your sewing skills are actually a little bit more advanced than we’ve discussed so far and you’re feeling pretty intent on making some kind of cute cat shaped plush but you’d rather something slightly more challenging than any of the options we’ve shown you so far, here’s an alternative tutorial from Lia Griffith for your consideration! They show you how to make a few different kinds of adorable felt kitties step by stitched step.
8. Cute DIY kitty flats
Perhaps we really caught your attention when we started talking about the concept of loving cats so much that you wish you could show that love off in a subtle way through your fashion and accessories but you’re just not sure that the leather stitched phone case we talked about earlier is quite the design for you? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at the way Living Chic carefully hand painted the toes of a pair of flats to look like adorable little cat faces!
9. Cat pumpkin decor
Like us, are you the kind of DIY enthusiast who adores gathering any kind of seasonal or holiday idea along a theme you like no matter the time of year, just to make sure you have plenty of awesome crafting ideas that you’ll really enjoy when that season finally does roll around? In that case, we have a feeling you’ll happily bookmark this adorable pumpkin cat craft from Morena’s Corner just as quickly as we did!
10. Clay kitty coasters
In the same way as you can subtly show off your love for your cats in your personal style through fashion accessories, you can also do that within your home aesthetic through funny little themed decor details! These adorable hand painted cat shaped coasters outlined step by step on A Beautiful Mess are the perfect example of what we mean. Their tutorial even shows you how to add the ears.
11. DIY wire wrapped cat ring
Just in case you’re still scrolling through our list looking for small, simple, and crafty ways to show your love for crafts off through your personal style and accessories, here’s another awesome wire bending project that you can wear rather than just marking a a page in a book with! We adore how easily True Blue, Me & You outlines the steps they took to make this cute wire wrapped ring that looks just like a kitty cat with little ears and whiskers.
12. Cute kitty paper bookmarks
Maybe you adored the idea of making cute little cat shaped bookmarks because you really do come from a whole family of cat and book lovers, but you’d rather find a much simpler design that’s easier for your kids to try and make for themselves as well? In that case, we think you simply must take a look at the way DIY Candy made these adorable cat shaped bookmarks that look like they’re hanging onto the edge of your page with their little paws.
13. Quick and easy knitted cat hat
Just in case you’re more of a yarn enthusiast when it comes down to which DIY skills you like to put to good use the most then we’re please to report that your patience has finally paid off! Here’s a fantastic tutorial for knitting lovers who want to make themselves a nice hat complete with its own cat ears. Lion Brand Notebook has the full instructions for you, complete with helpful pictures.
14. DIY embroidered kitty purse
Rather than being a knitter or even an outright sewing enthusiast in terms of the skills it takes to construct actual pieces, have you always been more of a needlework enthusiast of embroidery buff? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at the way Petit A Petit embroidered an adorable cat face onto the side of a tote bag to give it a themed makeover!
15. Aromatherapy eye pillows
As if the idea of making any kind of eye pillow or sleep mask yourself isn’t already quite satisfying, this fantastic tutorial from Adventures in Making shows you how to not only make one that’s filled with dried herbs for aromatherapy purposes but that’s also shaped like an adorable sleeping cat! We think these would make a fantastic gift for a fellow cat lover.