Wednesday, 20 March 2013

DIY A cat ear bowler hat

Hey everyone. I LOVE THIS DIY! Since I made this hat I have worn it literally every day and I love it. It is relatively easy to make if you have basic sewing skills. But if not I think I shall be selling them in my shop this summer so stay tuned.

You will need:
A bowler hat
Felt matching your hat
Needle and thread
A template
-This is really easy to make. Firstly draw a cat ear shape that is curved at the top rather than pointy. Then draw a second cat ear that is slightly smaller than the first shape. Now cut two triangles out of the larger ear shape as shown below. If you are using a base template as well draw a crescent moon shape. The outer line needs to be round about the same length as the base of your larger ear shape and the inside the same length as your smaller's easier than all that sounds!
1. Cut out your template pieces.
2. Cut your felt pieces. The base piece is optional if you are low on fabric since it is just used as a marker but I like to work with it in fabric as it's more flexible and accurate to how the fabric will lay.
3. Take your back pieces and fold the V shapes in on themselves and sew down these seams. These darts will shape your ears and give them a 3-d look.
4. After sewing your darts your ears should look like this!
5. And inside out they should look like this. See that nice curve?
6. Now sew the front piece onto the back piece. Remember that when you pin your front on you need to be able to see the seams of your back piece otherwise when you turn it inside out the back seams will show.
7. Turn inside out and admire.
8. Stuff your ears.
9. Use your base piece as a marker for placement on your hat.
10. Using chalk or  light pencil mark on your placement.
11. Now sew on your ears. Sew the front line first to make totally sure they are straight.
12. And you're done!

Have fun with this one, it is the coolest hat to own. And if anyone makes a pink version I want to see it straight away!


  1. This hat is so cute! Also love how you did the 3D ears. I posted two finished photos of your hat and a link back to you on my Tumblr truebluemeandyou blog.

    1. Thank you very very much! It's so exciting to see your stuff on other pages. And yeah the 3D-ness was my main aim.

  2. Awww it's adorable!! I don't think I would ever have the nerve to wear it though, haha. You rock it girl!


  3. So cute! The ears blend into the rest of the hat really well, like they were meant to be there!

  4. This is so so cute!
    You really should sell these, people would buy them!
    Including myself!

    1. Thaaaaank you! I intend to. Every girl needs a cat-bowler-hat-moment.

  5. I agree with lazy explorers - you should totally sell these in your Etsy shop. I'd buy that.

  6. How fun! Love it- thx for the tut :)

  7. your template isn´t working anymore,could you fix that,thank you !

  8. Love this! I've included it in a weekly round-up of my favourite discoveries of the week, which you can see here, if you'd like to:


  9. Do you have a template available for the cut outs? I've never been good at making my own.