How To: Make a Cat T-Shirt
Give your cat something to meow about - make him or her a cool T-Shirt!

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Cat T-shirts can be just as cool as dog T-shirts. Sure, cats may be harder to please, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a super cool T-shirt for your feline friend.

This tutorial will lead the way:

To complete this project, you will need a few simple items. Most of them you will probably find in your house. The missing ones will be easy to find at the craft store or online.

This is what you will need:

  • An old T-shirt
  • Measuring tape
  • Chalk or marker
  • Thread and needle or a sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Image editing software
  • Inkjet printer and ink
  • Iron-on inkjet paper and an iron
  • Ironing board or other surface
  • A cat!

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To make a T-shirt that will fit your cat snugly, you will have get the measurements right. This will probably be the hardest step in the whole project because cats don’t like to be handled and won’t stay still.

With your tape, start by measuring around your cat’s neck. For the length, measure at the back starting from the neck to the tail’s base.

Finally, measure the chest just behind the front legs. Add a little room to these measurements for comfort.

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Following the measurements and using the shape of your original T-shirt as a guide, draw the shape of your cat tee on your fabric with either chalk (recommended) or marker.

Cut the back and front pieces of the tee with your scissors and stitch them together either with a sewing machine or by hand. If you’re familiar with sewing, this will be a cinch.

Even if you’re not comfortable sewing, don’t worry. You don’t have to be obsessively precise. Just get your measurements right and the rest will follow.

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This is the fun part. Choosing a nice design will add a lot to the T-shirt. It doesn’t have to be anything complicated. It can be black and white. You can even just use text.

But make sure it’s funny, cute and matches your cat’s personality.

In your image editor, create a new document sized 8.5” x 11″. Set it at 300 pixels per inch in the CMYK mode. Import your graphics or write/draw directly into the new document, making sure to leave enough space around the borders.

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Print your design on the inkjet paper, making sure to mirror the graphics horizontally in your image editor before printing (otherwise they will be flipped in the final shirt).

Lay the T-shirt flat on any even surface and position your printed transfer paper carefully with graphics facing down on it.

With your hot iron, slowly pass all over the paper, applying constant pressure everywhere. When you are done, let it cool for a couple of minutes before peeling off the paper.

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Making a personalized T-shirt for your cat isn’t rocket science, but you should ask him or her what kind of tees are in style among the felines this year! As you know, cats are always very stylish and will not wear anything that isn’t totally awesome.

Stock images by normanack, zizzy104,

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  1. I LOVE this!!!