My husband has been nagging me about making a new walking harness for Skyline as the first one I made for him is now too small. Actually, let’s take a step back and I’ll explain why my cats need walking harness.
Boffi and Skyline are exotic shorthair breed, I think their ancestors are Persian and American shorthair. The breeder lady recommends keeping them indoor as they are less agile. There’s also a busy road in front of our house with buses and cars speeding pass so we decided to give them supervised walks in the nearby park instead.
The walking harness I just made is the 4th one and I used left over cotton fabric from a dress which I made last year (no idea why I chose such pink colour and why would I get super big polka dot print…). Firstly, I re-drafted the pattern to make it longer (along Skyline’s spine it is).
Secondly, I interfaced the pink fabric to stablise it.
After cutting out two layers of fabric (front and lining), I sew along the edges with right sides together but leaving a 10cm gap for turning over. After I flipped it right side out, pressed it flat to get nice rounded edges then I edge stitched along all sides.
Next, my new addition – a 3M reflective tape which I found on eBay. I top stitched two cut strips onto the harness like a cross.
Then I sew a grosgrain ribbon along the centre of the harness to hold a metal ‘D’ ring in place where the walking lead will be attached to.
Lastly, velcros are sew to the four straps (2 for the neck and 2 for the tummy). I always remind myself that the hooks tape (the stiff scratchy one) should be facing out, the soft fluffy tape would face into the body.
Skyline showing off his new outfit:
He’s now ready to go out!
The cat harness pattern is available for download now. The pattern will need to be printed on A3 paper at 100% scale. Please let me know if you have any questions.