Easy to Make Yarn Kittens - Pattern and Instructions

Updated on March 11, 2017

This is a pattern which my father-in-law used. The white cat in the above photo was made by him for my daughter about 18 years ago. The pattern is very simple, can be used by adults and children alike, and requires a few simple materials:

  • Category 4 medium Worsted Weight yarn
  • Felt squares for ears and tongue
  • Pom-poms for nose and eyes (wobble eyes can also be used)
  • Optional fishing line for whiskers
  • Either Elmer's glue or a hot glue gun
  • Set of templates (instructions below)



Templates for Head and Body, Legs and Tail can be made out of either stiff cardboard or plexiglass (shown).

Dimensions for the Head and Body Template are: 4 x 3 inches. On one 3 inch side, cut a slit 1 3/4 inches.

Dimensions for the Legs and Tail Template are: 1 1/2 x 3 inches. On one 1 1/2 inch side, cut a slit 1 1/14 inches.

For the Ears, cut a triangle 2 inches at the base and 1 inch high. Slightly curve your cuts so it will more resemble an ear.

The Tongue is basically a half-inch rectangle with a curve on one end.

Note: Cut the template for the ears and the tongue out of a lighter weight cardboard to make cutting simpler.

Completed 45-wrap HEAD pom-pom
Completed 45-wrap HEAD pom-pom | Source


The kittens are made of a series of different sized pom-poms:

  • Head: 3, 45-wrap pom-poms, using the Head and Body template
  • Body: 8, 50-wrap pom-poms, using the Head and Body template
  • Legs: 9, 20-wrap pom-poms, using the Legs and Tail template (Need 4)
  • Tail: 12, 20- wrap pom-poms, using the Legs and Tail template


To Make the Pom-Poms:

Instructions apply for both sizes of templates: Cut a 6 inch piece of yarn. Insert it into the slot on the template. Pull that piece of yarn aside and begin winding from your ball of yarn, keeping count of how many wraps depending on which size you need to make. Once wraps are made, cut the yarn.

Using the original 6 inch piece of yarn, tightly tie the pom-pom. and remove it from the template. DO NOT CUT the tie-off tails! Leave them long because these will tie your kitten together.

Completed LEGS AND TAIL pom-pom
Completed LEGS AND TAIL pom-pom | Source

Continue making pom-poms until you have made the number required for a complete kitten.

  • Head: 3
  • Body: 8
  • Legs: 36 (9 per leg)
  • Tail: 12

Tie Together

Using the leftover tie tails, tie the body parts together. Stack one pom-pom on top of another. Bring the tails of the lower pom-pom above the other and tie securely.

Tie each body part together separately. The end result should be this:


Using the long ties, tie the parts together as would line up appropriately on a real kitten.



Carefully trim though all the loops. This will make a very shaggy kitten.

DO NOT however trim through the loops of the final pom-pom on each leg! Leave these so they will make a sort of pad for each paw.



Trim your shaggy kitten to your desired fur level. Now all that is left is the face.

Cut ears and tongue from your desired color of felt. Suggestion: use pinking shears for ears.

Using either Elmer's glue or a hot glue gun, glue ears, tongue, eyes, nose, and optional fishing line whiskers in place.

Beyond this, use your imagination! You can add collars, bows, bells, ribbons, anything you want. Just be sure to use caution when giving this toy to young children because of small parts.




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      Loraine Brummer 3 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Very cute. I'd like your permission to include this hub in my All Cats Crafts article. Making this kitten looks like so much fun.

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      Suzanne Day 4 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      An unusual technique! I look forward to trying out a yarn animal of somekind myself. Voted interesting.

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      Tolovaj 4 years ago

      It doesn't look too complicated and I am sure kids can participate at the project too. In last years libraries in our city started to promote such crafts and children are very happy when they make their own toys and take them home.

      Thanks for detailed instructions. They will come handy!

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Oh how precious! As so easy! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial. :)

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      Priyanka Estambale 5 years ago from United States

      Cutee!!! Loved the kittens...!!! Voted up!

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      SimpleJoys 5 years ago

      So glad you like them. They really are fun to make and you can have a lot of fun with different colors of yarn! Thank You!

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      peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love your pom-pom yarn kitten. They are easy to make and lovely for kids. Would definitely make a great gifts for kids. Voted up