Fancy up your Halloween look with Hannah Read-Baldrey’s pretty kitty collar.
When it comes to all things feline, we’re definitely somewhere on the crazy cat lady spectrum, which puts Hannah’s cat collar top of our ‘to-make’ list. We’ll be wearing it with an LBD and bright red lippy to give cute-but-spooky vibes at Halloween parties, then pairing it with a simple top to add a touch of kitsch to everyday wardrobe staples. So much classier than whiskers and a tail made from black tights, yes?
- Two pieces of black cotton twill fabric, 43 x 32cm (17 x 12 5⁄8)
- Iron-on interfacing, 43 x 32cm (17 x 12 5⁄8“)
- White embroidery thread
- Embroidery needle
- Tailor’s chalk
- Sewing thread in white and black
- Spotty ribbon, 60cm (23 5⁄8“), 0.5cm (¼”) wide
- Fabric glue
- Two small gold bells
- Hook and eye
How to make the collar
Back one piece of the black twill fabric with interfacing, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Pin to the second piece of black fabric with wrong sides together, sandwiching the layer of interfacing between the two.
Use the template on page 99 to mark out a cat shape on the fabric, then carefully cut it out through both the layers, using scissors or a craft knife and cutting mat.
Unpin the two fabrics. Using the template as a guide, mark the eye and eyelash placement onto one of the fabric shapes. Embroider on using three strands of white thread and small straight stitches.
Pin the two pieces of fabric back together again, this time with right sides out. Sew around the outside of both pieces to join, as close as possible to the edge. Next, zigzag stitch or overlock all raw edges on the collar, including the gap above the cat’s tail. If using zigzag stitch, go around the edges two or three times on a 2.5 width and the tightest setting, trimming away any black ends as you go.
Wrap the ribbon around the cat’s neck and tie in a knot. Trim the loose ends at an angle and glue to the collar to secure in place, then sew the bells on top of the knot.
Sew the hook to the reverse of the ear, and the eye to the reverse of the top leg, using the image as a guide. These can then be used to fasten the collar when wearing.
About Hannah Read-Baldrey
Hannah is a stylist, crafter, author and presenter. She’s a passionate blogger and a self-confessed obsessive Instagrammer – have a peek at her beautiful daily posts @couturecraft.
Portrait photography by Tiffany Mumford