Kitty has been wearing ears for decades, bought and tried every style available on the market as well as making her own. Every time she wears one of her ear creations, we hear “OMG I love those, can I buy some from you?”
While she adores every single one of her personal ear sets, she’s never believed them to be excellent enough to take someone else’s money. She could always see the hidden flaws. Good enough for personal use, but… you know how that goes; everyone is their own worst critic.
In 2019 Kitty started working with leather and this allowed her to learn more about creating a consistent & repeatable high quality pattern. We finally have an excellent, solid, consistent design that we are proud to sell and know it to be an excellent product.
We enjoy these so much that Kitty is shifting Kitten Stitches away from embroidery & fabric pattern design to completely focus on Kitty ears. The old products will remain online to allow re-downloads of past purchases, but new embroidery designs are on hold for the knowable future.
We are confident that these ears are simply the best made on the market . So much so that we have submitted the finished product for patent under visual arts protection.
Cosplay, daily fun fashion, high fashion, leather fashion, BDSM, kitten play, you name it: these ears can compete in all these areas and more. Anyone who knows Kitty- including all her friends who have been asking her for years to do exactly this – knows she doesn’t say this lightly.
TLDR: After years of requests to make kitty ears for others and declining because the product wasn’t good enough yet for her own standards, Kitty finally has a high quality, repeatable design that we are proud to sell and are now ready to take over the world.
𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗲𝘅𝗰𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗼𝗻 𝗮 𝗿𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿? 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗮𝗳𝗲𝘁𝘆 𝗯𝗮𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝗱𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗮 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗰𝘁 𝗖𝗟𝗜𝗖𝗞… 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙡𝙤𝙘𝙠𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪’𝙧𝙚 𝙜𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙖 𝙧𝙞𝙙𝙚…
Yea, me too. 𝗧𝗵𝗮𝘁’𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝘆 𝗜 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝗦𝗡𝗔𝗣𝘀 𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗯𝘂𝗰𝗸𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗽𝘂𝘁𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗻 𝗰𝘂𝗳𝗳𝘀.
Hidden snaps underneath the side straps in addition to center strip; this baby holds strong.
OMG I LOVE this pattern. Can’t wait to create a matching set of wrist and ankle cuffs for myself this weekend.
Pattern is self drafted from others I’ve seen online. Technically it’s a guitar pick holder – I thought they were so cool when I saw one online. Mine will keep Benadryl handy for sunscreen emergencies, and maybe a tiny bit of cash. It’s only 2.25 inches wide, so it’s definitely not a wallet.
I got to practice pattern drawing (this is version 2.0 after some R&D blunders) and leather cutting with the knife blade on my Cricut Maker. That was the big deal for me: I wanted to know how well Cricut cuts leather. Answer: “perfectly”.
The leather is black pigskin with a foil printed hair design. Metallic, shimmers in the light. Unbelievably cool.
If you are a cosplay kitty like me, you’ve bought and made dozens, if not hundreds, of Kitty ears over the years.
I’ve been a sucker to purchase every kitty ear headband from hot topic and Claire’s boutique over the years; and hated every one of them. Headbands give me a headache, or they pinch. NEXT!
I’m a barrette kitty.
I’ve never found perfect ears until I learned to make them myself; and my preferred attachment is snap style barrettes (see example below). But how do you attach the ears to a barrette in a way that lasts over time? hot glue? meh. marine glue? Better, but you’ll get a contact high while they dry, and they still eventually come undone as the barrette bends to open & close. I’ve even painstakingly wrapped the ear base and barrette in thread, but it just looks messy and takes so long.
So I designed a sleeve to slide the barrette into, with the curved edge to correctly attach a concave ear. And it worked AMAZEBALLS.
Rather than looping thread over and over the barrette, I sew or rivet seams. No glue either.
Now that my prototype showed proof of concept, time to perfect the pattern.
What fabric to use? I settled on leather & vinyl. You can see in my canvas prototype example, the edges on fabric ears fray easily. Yes, you could take the time to serge or finish the seams if you choose canvas, but OMG I don’t have that kind of patience, do you? Plus canvas is kinda flimsy and I tend to abuse my ears, wearing them often.
Laying the barrette over the leather and drawing the pattern worked for prototyping, but to make these consistently I got out the calipers and made an actual pattern that fits a 70mm barrette perfectly, holding the ears at just the perfect angle; turning them inward just enough. It’s the little details that makes true “Kawaii desu ne
that includes the correct size ear cutout to fit the curve of the barrette sleeve pattern.
I happen to have a super talented husband who laser cut this pattern for me in clear acrylic for regular reuse.
I loved the clear acrylic for making my Louis Vuitton kitty ears because it helped me make sure I got the LV logo in exactly the right spot for the finished product.
Our 12 year old has her first diabirthday this week. Everyone who’s been through a T1 diagnosis knows: this first year was super tough, and we wanted to give her something extra special. So I blinged out her insulin pen case. I love it, and I hope she does too. Hopefully it will help cheer her up every time she has to reach for it.
I decided my LV Bucket purse should get a second life as Kitty ears. #notsorry.
Cream leather inner ear, belly dance bells, new design for barrette holder. Pattern download & instructions coming soon.
*edit: i have had many requests to purchase these. They are one of a kind and I can’t part with them. Sorry.
Here’s the finished product, I’ll share with you exactly how I made her below, complete with a free pdf download pattern for the arms, feet, bow and side panels.
Figuring out how to make the handle look like pearls was the most interesting challenge. The rest is just rectangles cut to easy dimensions.
- Free downloadable handbag_harriet_pattern.pdf
- Blue polar fleece (3/8 yard – I was so inexact I really didn’t pay attention here)
- Contrasting polar fleece for liner
- Scrap white polar fleece – 19″ x 4″
- Scrap pink (or any color you choose) for the bow
- Stuffing for “pearl” handle
- White yarn to tie off pearls in pearl handle
- Handbag Harriet face embroidery design (we used the 5″x7″ version) & thread
- Cut 2 rectangles (front and back of the handbag) in baby blue fleece: 8.5″ x 11″
- Cut 2 rectangles (for inside liner) in contrasting fleece: 8.5″ x 11″
Why did I choose 8.5″ x 11″? because it was easy. I could use a plain sheet of paper for my template size. and it seemed like a good size to make a nice big face using my 5×7 embroidery loom. you can go smaller or larger if you want. there really are no rules here. Just make sure you change the sizing of the bottom & side panels accordingly.
- Using the pattern pdf, cut arms, feet, and side panels.
- Feet (Cut 4)
- Arms (Cut 4)
- Side (cut 2 outside fabric) (cut 2 liner fabric)
The side panels are simply trapezoids. the bottom is 3″ wide and the top is 1.5″ wide. the height is 8.5″ . You can change these dimensions to be wider or just 3″ wide rectangles. Whatever works best for you.
*Note how un-perfect my shapes are. This project should not be stressful; you don’t have to be perfect in any way. Your sewing machine will round out corners for you, and extra fleece when you match up edges is easily trimmed.
- Cut a blue bottom panel: 3″ wide by 11″ long
- Cut a contrasting liner bottom panel: 3″wide by 11″ long
- Cut a piece of pink scrap in the shape of a bow. Give the bow a longer center – that’s to let you tie a knot in the middle to make it more 3 dimensional.
- Get ready to make your “pearl” handle by cutting a long strip of white polar fleece, about 4″ wide and 19″ long
Step 2: adding the face
Embroider the face on one light blue panel using this embroidery pattern. (this tutorial uses the 5″x7″ version) Giggle at how cute. set aside for now.
Step 3: put it together
You are basically sewing a box shape. If this kind of project is new to you, it will be easier to do the liner first.
Now the Handle
You’ll notice in this picture of Handbag Harriet, she has what looks to be a pearl handle. How to get that effect while still keeping this soft for little ones and not using anything expensive? Here’s my solution.
Fill tube with stuffing from right side. Tie very tight double knots every 1 inch. You’ll see the pearl look begin to appear. Leave 3 inches on right side, un-stuffed, matching the left side. These flat 3 inches will be what you sew into the top seam of the handbag later. Cut your yarn very close to the knots.
Tie the bow
Sew the hands and feet
Sew hands and feet together. Leave a space (at the top on the feet, and on the arms leave one whole side) to allow you to turn these right side out. no need to sew the holes shut once turned right side out. The open part will be laid inside the seam of the purse and be naturally sewn shut.
Now it’s coming together!
These next steps will be familiar to you from sewing the lining. (Aren’t you glad you practiced with that first?) Lay your side panels face down along the side, over the arms and face. You’ll notice this is the second time I bother to pin. that’s to keep the arms in place when I sew.
Sew straight down the sides, this will also close the open seam on the arms. Cut off excess arms when done.
Now we come to the feet
Place the unstitched section below the bottom of the face panel. As you place the feet, slightly cross one over the other. The final effect is like a cute little character crossing her feet. Lay your bottom panel face down, pin and stitch along the bottom. You will be sewing through 8 layers of fleece at one point, so take your time here. Now use your experience in making the liner to piece and sew the back panel to the sides and bottom.
Add the bow
Place the handle
Pin the liner in place
With your face layer RIGHT SIDE OUT and your liner layer INSIDE OUT, place your face layer, with the handle pinned to the side panels, inside the liner. As you pin the liner to the face layer, you will have to tuck the bow in
to be sure it doesn’t get caught up in the top seam. When you sew around the top you will be sewing 3 layers: Face layer, Handles, and liner, all with one clean seam.
Turn everything right side out
Top-stitch that little hole shut before you finish tucking in the liner.
Well Played! You made a handbag to hold all those little Shopkins, and anything else your little girl wants to carry around in her new fancy bag.