DIY Leather Cat Ears Headband

One of the most popular costumes during Halloween is the cat costume. There are varieties of cat costumes being sold in stores, but for the thrifty the best thing to do is to make their own. I will not be sharing how to make the head-to-toe attire, but I’ll be showing how to make your own subtle cat ears headband. It’s pretty easy, and it took me around 30 minutes to make this.


leather/leatherette fabric

sewing machine, if available




tape measure

studs, if desired


The first step is to measure your head’s circumference by simply wrapping the tape measure around your head. Mine is 28 inches, and I added an inch on both ends for the buttons (28 in + 2 in = 30 in). Lay the cloth flat and measure 30 in (length) and 4 in (width). Then cut, like so.


Next, flip the fabric so that the left/inner side is facing you, fold in two, then stitch the edges together. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can always sew by hand. Your fabric will look slightly cylindrical afterwards, so to flatten it, turn it over and stitch the opposite edge, like the photo above.


When your headband’s all flat, find the middle. Depends on how narrow or wide your cat ears would want to look, find point A by measuring 2 to 3 inches from the middle section. Subsequently, find point B and C by measuring 5 to 6 inches from A. By this time you should have a perfect triangle. The next thing to do is to place C’s tail below B’s, then pull gently to create a knot.


Your knot should like a triangle knot (#5), if not try readjusting it. After that, proceed to making the opposite ear by doing the same steps earlier. After doing so, you’ll see that your headband is starting to look like a kitten’s ears.


If you want to include some accessories, that’s okay. Actually I’d recommend it so your headband will look more interesting. In my case, I placed gold studs on the ears for some contrast. Lastly, fasten your headband with a snap button by handsewing it at the end.

1392036_10202091118508521_1323802300_nAaaand that’s how it’s done. Here’s how it should look like when worn. One good thing about this is you can also wear it in school or any ordinary day. I teased about the tutorial weeks ago on Instagram. My IG followers always get the first dibs so follow if you like! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! πŸ˜€

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  • Wow this looks so cool especially for Halloween costumes.

    • I know right πŸ™‚

  • Jhoveleen David

    Great tips! I could try making this at home with my daughter who’s fond of arts and crafts.

    • You should! It would be a fun bonding moment! πŸ™‚

  • Erzsebet

    this is an excellent article on how to do it – simple and easy to do steps!
    I really appreciate it because I also like making a lot of things myself πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Erzebet! Good luck πŸ™‚

  • phyaboo

    I love how this doesn’t use any sort of glue at all. dealing with glue is always messy for DIY projects, thumbs up for this! πŸ™‚

    • I’m glad you noticed, Phylicia! I don’t like using glue because, as you said, it’s very messy. πŸ™‚

  • I’m sure you won’t. It’s very easy. πŸ™‚

  • Thanks, Sara! πŸ™‚

  • Thank you! πŸ™‚

  • nice diy daphne!1 how are you?

    • Thanks, Andrew! I’m doing good! πŸ™‚

  • Kim

    You make it look so easy. Great design. I like the little studs, too.

    • Thanks, Kim! πŸ™‚

  • Jam Daquio

    whoah! you got a playful mind out there. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Jam! πŸ™‚

  • Cool for catwoman….and you’re good at it!

    • Aw thanks, Fernando! πŸ™‚

  • papaleng

    Thumbs Up!!! you have a very creative mind. I’ll share this post to my wife. Mahilig siya manahi eh.

    • I’m pretty sure she will! πŸ™‚

  • Jonas Ignatius Labagala

    It’s easy to make and perfect for Halloween costume party! And you can save money from buying a costume. πŸ™‚

    • You’re right, Jonas! I don’t like spending money on things I can do myself. πŸ™‚

  • @weareofficially

    WOW! Just WOW! I can’t see myself sewing that nice. I always imagine having a machine even the hand-held ones but I don’t know, I probably don’t have enough courage or enthusiasm. LOL. I think you should start your own bag business. πŸ™‚ I see you make them perfectly! Seriously, pursue at least a part-time job related to sewing/crafts. πŸ™‚ – Jo

    • You think so? I actually have my online shop where I sell my own designs. Haven’t released a new collection though πŸ™

  • I know she will! This is great for kids πŸ™‚

  • Nova Joy

    very creative and artistic, that’s nice you save money and unique costume too.

    • Thanks, Nova! πŸ™‚

  • algene may cutamora

    That’s an easy DIY! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Perfect sana to for the Halloween costumes kaya lang natapos na yung halloween party namin! Next year, DIY cat ears headband na for catwoman πŸ˜€

    • There’s always next year! Thanks, Algene πŸ™‚

  • Thanks, Rcel! πŸ™‚

  • Thanks, Len! πŸ™‚

  • a-an alfafara

    Looks fashionable and it goes with the trend now, studs and the like.

  • Marie ?

    That is one simple and cute Halloween costume! πŸ™‚


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