Do you love cats and crafts? We've got 30 of the neatest cat crafts perfect for adults. Some are made for your cat and some are made for the love of cats. See all of the tutorials!
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The other day I was looking at my DIY cat scratching post and A. realizing I needed to buy some new sisal rope and B. deciding that I was so pleased that this thing will literally last for years. And I decided I was in the mood to come up with some more cat crafts and so I took to the internet for some inspiration. And wouldn’t you know I found 30 crafts for cat lovers that I just love.

Today some our our projects made for your cat and some are made for the love of cats. See all of the tutorials!

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Have a kitty that loves to hide away? Using the yarn you have on hand you can create a lovely crochet cat sack hideaway they'll just love!

Crochet Cat Sack Hideaway

Have a kitty that loves to hide away? Using the yarn you have on hand you can create a lovely crochet cat sack hideaway they’ll just love! This is a fab little project to stash bust, especially if you find yourself with some leftover bulky yarn after a hook!

What you need: Bulky Yarn, Steel Ring

Sock Cat Video Tutorial

Over at Professor Pincushion you can watch a tutorial video to make these adorable sock cats. If you’ve ever loved a sock monkey, you will definitely need to give him a kitty friend! By the way, his name is Oscar!

What you need: Sock, Polyfil, Embellishments

DIY Pet Portraits

More often than not I share free patterns and tutorials, but the pet portraits you can make from this tutorial at Lia Griffith is giving me all of the feels. Before you click over, be advised it is a paid membership site.

What you need: Photographs, Printer, Photo Frame

How to Paint Cats on Rocks

To be honest you don’t see a whole lot of new rock painting tutorials these days and that’s a real shame. But luckily you can get the step by step directions to paint up some cat rocks with the tutorial at Where Your Treasure Is.

What you need: Rocks, Paint

Curiosity Cat Quilt Design

So I absolutely love a colorful quilt, but add a kitty in there and it somehow transcends love into something more. Over at 100 Billion Stars you can grab this free cat quilt design in a printable PDF. Just click on the “Curiosty” design to save or print the PDF.

What you need: Fabric, Quilting Supplies & Tools

DIY Cat Shoes

If you or someone you know loves cats you simply must make a pair of these adorable cat sneakers from Persia Lou. Learn how to add HTV to a pair of shoes and grab the free SVG file, too!

What you need: Canvas Sneakers, Cutting Machine, HTV, Mini Iron

Cat Wire Bookmark

I have found that cat lovers are very often book lovers, too, making this wire bookmark shaped like a cat from Amy Latta just purrf-ect! Even if you haven’t made much jewelry or manipulated much wire, this is still a pretty beginner friendly project!

What you need: 16 Gauge Jewelry Wire

How to Sew a Cube Cat Bed

I think out of all kinds of people cats prefer crafters the most. And if you’re the crafty kind of person who quilts, you’ll definitely want to see just how easy it is to sew this gorgeous cat cube that uses padded mailers. How genius is that? Get the details at Swoodson Says.

What you need: Fabric, Padded Mailers

Cat House Side Table

If there is one thing a cat loves, it’s a hidey-hole. But not every cat owner wants cat stuff prominently placed all around their home. This combination cat house and side table By Brittany Goldwyn is genius, gorgeous, and totally doable!

What you need: Plywood, Hairpin Legs

Crochet Kitty Counch

If you like to crochet, I’ve got a totally wild cat craft for you… the pretty much viral sensation, the Crochet Kitty Couch from Yarnspirations! Get the free PDF pattern and tuck into this amazing cat craft. It looks a bit time-consuming but I swear I’m going to make one some day!

What you need: Medium Weight Yarn, Upholstery Foam

Catnaps Embroidery Pattern

There’s something I think every cat lover loves about seeing a kitty curled up in a circle taking a nap! Turn that image into this cute and simple embroidered piece with a free pattern by Bees Knees Industries. You can also purchase 3 additional designs to stitch up a whole set!

What you need: Fabric, Floss

These DIY projects for cat lovers will keep you in style and in smiles! So much fun and totally purrfect!

Neil Diamond and Lola Cat Portrait

If you have a cat and Photoshop you’re already halfway to having your very own portrait of your kitty with one hip popstar of the past. Check out the full tutorial at Aunt Peaches!

What you need: Photoshop

Little Feline Pouches

When she found herself with a lot of plastic snaps, Bubanana decided to use them to sew up some adorable cat-shaped pouches. If you’re feline good about this craft (see what I did there?) grab the free pattern & whip some up!

What you need: Fabric, Interfacing, Snaps

Knit a Cat Bed

Though I cannot knit I truly wish I could when I see something as cute as this DIY knit cat bed at A Beautiful Mess. Knit as a flat piece and then sewn into a bed this seems like a fantastic beginning knitting craft for a cat lover!

What you need: Extra Bulky Yarn

This DIY Cat Scratching Post lasts for years and is budget friendly and gives your cats something other than the sofa to scratch on!

DIY Cat Scratching Post That Lasts for Years!

This DIY Cat Scratching Post lasts for YEARS and is budget friendly. It also doesn’t hurt that it gives your cats something other than the sofa to scratch on! The original scratching post was made in 2012 and is still in daily use. See! It’s a scratching post that literally lasts for years!

What you need: 4×4, Plywood, Sisal Rope, Post Cap, Rug

The What’s New Hat

Heidi at Hands Occupied is one of my favorite makers and anytime I think about cat crafts I always think about her What’s New Cat Hat. She lists this cat hat pattern as intermediate, so if you know how to use some knitting needles this would be a fabulous project for you!

What you need: Thick & Quick Yarn

Furry Copper Pipe Cat Bed

Anytime anything even remotely furry gets brought into this house there is a mini turf war between the dogs and the cats! So this gorgeous DIY cat bed made out of an old furry sweater and copper pipe from A Crafty Mix is one just for the kitties (or small dogs :)

What you need: Copper Pipe, Copper Fittings, Furry Fabric or Sweater

Knitted Alien Cat Hat

So this is pattern from Craft Foxes is a different type of knitted cat hat… not as in cat-themed hat for humans. But as in hat to be worn by a cat. Isn’t that adorable? If you have the kind of cat you can dress up (I most certainly do NOT) this would be such an adorable little knit project!

What you need: Worsted Weight Yarn, Polyfil

Musical Kitten Gift Wrap

Can you even with this adorable cat-themed gift wrapping idea from Handmade Charlotte? Print the free accordion shapes and bust the paper stash for this fun way to wrap up a few presents for a cat lover.

What you need: Paper Bags, Kraft Boxes, Paper, Printer

Palm Springs Kitty Scratch House

If you don’t just want a cat scratcher but want an entire cat scratch house for your lovely cat check out this project from A Beautiful Mess. With step by step directions, this project is doable for a new woodworker. And the details like the wallpaper and light fixture for the porch? Adorable!

What you need: Plywood, Cardboard Scratcher, Embellishments

You have NEVER seen a pet bed as adorable as these amazing cat bunk beds! So perfect if you have 2 cats and crazy cute! Build one with the free plans!

How to Build Cat Bunk Beds

You have NEVER seen a pet bed as adorable as these amazing kitty bunk beds! So perfect if you have 2 cats and crazy cute! Build one with the free plans!

What you need: Lumber, Travel Pillows, Fabric

Kitty Cat Crochet Poncho

Designed for adults, this adorable crochet cat poncho from Yarnutopia also has some written advice for how to size this poncho up or down. Which is good because I can think of a few littles who would love this cute crochet!

What you need: Worsted Weight Yarn

Crochet Captain Cat House

I just love the idea of my cat sleeping in a Yellow Submarine, don’t you? With this free crochet pattern from Hobbii they can do just that! And reviewer Tina has made SIX of these cat houses. That in and of itself is a glowing recommendation in my eyes!

What you need: Bulky Yarn

In my experience kitties prefer homemade toys over store-bought every time! These super adorable catnip gifts are both easy and inexpensive to make and totally cat approved!

Easy DIY Catnip Gifts Cat Toys

In my experience kitties prefer homemade toys over store-bought every time! These super adorable catnip gifts are both easy and inexpensive to make and totally cat approved!

What you need: Felt, Polyfil, Catnip

Booper the Carefree Cat

Recently I’ve been loving the idea of working on improving my sewing skills so that I can make and donate handmade softies this Christmas. This free pattern from Fluffmonger is really giving me some motivation to make that happen. So adorable, right? By the way, his name is Booper (LOVE).

What you need: Fabric, Fleece, Polyfil

Here Kitty, Kitty Pillow

If you know me you know that I love cats and I’m partial to a gingham craft project! So this project from Smile and Wave DIY is totally in my wheelhouse. And those hot pink eyelashes it’s true love!

What you need: Fabric, Polyfil, Yarn

Felt Kitty Face Sewing Kit

Not only is this DIY felt kitty face sewing kit from Sew 4 Home adorable, there’s a real kitty that helped in the making if it! Seriously, if you click over for any reason, one of them is to see a gorgeous calico lady!

What you need: Felt, Floss, Embelishments

Embroidery Scribble Cat

I just love the freehand design of this DIY scribble cat embroidery project from Catholic Sprouts. Use a photo of your cat of find the silhouette image online to make your own artsy embroidered kitty.

What you need: Fabric, Floss, Embroidery Hoop

Felt Cat Coasters

Aren’t these felt cat coasters from Your Cat just the cutest? Get the free pattern to make your own. That is, if you’re lucky enough that anybody in your house actually USES coasters :)

What you need: Felt, Polyfil, Floss

Cats love homemade! This cheap DIY pet project cardboard cat scratcher can help you use up that Amazon Prime box stash and kitty will be sitting pretty!

DIY Cardboard Cat Scratcher

Put those Amazon boxes out in the garage to good use! Make a cat scratcher that will last for months (if not years) rather than the store-bought weeks!

What you need: Cardboard, Glue

30 Projects and Crafts for Cat Lovers

Do you love cats and crafts? We've got 30 of the neatest cat crafts perfect for adults. Some are made for your cat and some are made for the love of cats. See all of the tutorials!

This post was originally published on March 3, 2014.

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4 Comments

  1. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for including our upcycled kitty pillow!

  2. Hey Alison,
    thank you so much for posting my DIY cat mug :-) and for your GREAT HUGE ENORMOUS GIANT feedback.
    You have a really nice website – especially the cat stuff is super cute. I’ll return!
    Cheers,
    Sarah from
    Deli From The Valley

  3. I’ve got some fabric printed with photos of my cat already, and plans for it! Hahaha. I want that graphic tee though! But I don’t want to make it, too lazy. I just want it to show up on Etsy so I can buy it with a gift card I have, lol.