DIY embroidered cat jersey

DIY cat jersey | Kittenhood

You know all those cat sweaters and jerseys that almost every brand sells? In my opinion, they’re either overpriced or not that pretty, so a DIY was the one clear and simple option for me. And when I say “simple”, I mean it: you don’t need much and it will be done in half an hour – just stitch patiently! Here’s how:

DIY cat jersey | Kittenhood

What you need:

  • a jersey that you want to customize
  • thick thread and needle
  • scissors
  • tailor’s chalk

DIY cat jersey | Kittenhood

First, use the chalk to draw the cat pattern: eyes, nose, whiskers. I decided to make it even easier and avoid pupils and such, so I drew the cat with the eyes closed – a simple curved line. Then backstitch the entire pattern and you’ve got yourself a cat jersey!

Stitching a sweatshirt

DIY cat sweatshirt | Kittenhood

DIY cat sweater| Kittenhood


  1. you’re the best! you’re the best! did you do this on a machine or by hand? I don’t trust myself either way:(

    1. oh, you’re so sweet! I stitched it by hand, and since the thread is thick, you can’t go very wrong ๐Ÿ™‚ plus you can always undo it!

  2. Hahahaha, that is just so cute!!! You always have the best ideas!!

  3. Awesome DIY! Thanks for sharing:)

  4. Love the simplicity of this and the fact that it’s a cat (love cats – see my avatar). Have posted one photo and a link back to your blog on my Tumblr Blog.

  5. I think I say this every DIY post, but could they get any better then this? So cute (not to mention the gingham shirt and brooch you paired it with). Love this cat shirt.

  6. ah, so so nice.
    i’m hunting for a cat sweater too.

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  8. great idea! I would love to do this but the upper body is not exactly the part I want to draw attention to. I think the pattern will be great on a tote too ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I’m the exact opposite, haha! but a tote does sound like a great idea – even a cute clutch ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. my daughter is obsessed with The Warrior Cats books and anything CAT at the moment. I’m so excited to make this for her as a Christmas gift this year. Thank you for the lovely idea.

    1. oh, Theresa, that is wonderful! I really hope she enjoys it!

  10. You are a genius <3

  11. Lovely ๐Ÿ˜€
    I am still thinking about your leather bow DIY :>
    More, more!

  12. I’m on my “DIY” mood lately!! So I’ll be doing this to my boring sweaters, for sure!

  13. The jersey is great, but what I’m really thrilled about is the brooche you’ve pinned on your collar!

  14. I love cats and I love this. I will be making one very soon!

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