DIY Ewok cat hat: May the feline be with you

CNET Crave writer drafts her pets into modeling a homemade Ewok cat hat based on an Instructables project.

Amanda Kooser
Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET. When not wallowing in weird gear and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.
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CNET test cat Dashiell models the Ewok hat. Amanda Kooser/CNET

Ewoks aren't real. This is unfortunate. Sometimes we just have to make do with what we can find laying around the house. For Instructables user carlsonbryant, that happened to be a cat and some scrap leather.

Carlsonbryant lays out the steps for turning your regular domestic feline into a denizen of Endor. The ingredients are basic. You need a piece of leather or leather-like material about a foot square, a leather punch, scissors, and some type of twine or string to hold it all together.

I took on the mission of building my own Ewok cat hat using the instructions. It took about 20 minutes of drawing on a old piece of chamois, cutting out the pattern, punching holes, and tying it all together. The cats hovered around me as I worked, batting at the leather and strings.

My finished Ewok cat hat didn't look quite as nice as the original featured on Instructables. I had botched the outlining job just a bit and the marker showed. No matter, it was time to try it on.

Behold, a cat Ewok hat (pictures)

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CNET test cat Delia came first. The fit was perfect for her little head. She already has a round face, so the Ewok effect was pronounced. However, she only deigned to wear it for about 10 seconds before it came off. Next came her brother Archer, but his big head dwarfed the hat and it wouldn't stay on.

I turned to the last available test cat. "Help me, Obi-Wan-Dashiell, you're my only hope," I muttered. The gray tabby took to it like Jabba the Hutt to a snack. He purred. He modeled it for at least a minute before he got distracted by something moving outside the window. It was a minor triumph, but a triumph all the same.

I've learned some things from this craft project. One out of three CNET test cats actually enjoys wearing an Ewok cat hat. Some cats have really big heads and need bigger Ewok hats. Smooshy-faced cats will give you the best approximation of an Ewok. Most of all, I've learned that I'm probably not really cut out for "Star Wars" craft projects. I should probably leave the next one up to the experts on Etsy.

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Instructables user carlsonbryant sharees a refined version of the Ewok cat hat. carlsonbryant/instructables

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