Since its inception over Thanksgiving weekend, the Pussyhat Project has inspired women and their allies nationwide to knit, crochet, or sew kitten-shaped hats in solidarity with the Women’s March in Washington. The obvious message of the double-entendre is to stand in opposition to a President-elect who famously bragged about his predilection for grabbing women without their consent, and the accessories serve both a practical and a symbolic purpose: to keep marchers warm, and serve as a mark of unity for those defending basic human rights.

Because I am someone who values the rights of women in my life — and all the women I’ll never meet — I wanted to knit a pussy hat of my own. Alas, my erstwhile knitting phase only lasted two months, yielding only half of a scarf and one very random trip to a baseball game with the office knitting club. But I wasn’t going to let my lack of expertise get in the way of this historical moment. I found a way to create a pussy hat using the limited arts & crafts skills I do possess (mainly cutting, gluing, and doodling). Susan B. Anthony would have wanted it this way. If you have limited knitting skills, you probably will also.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how I made my pussy hat, and how you can too!

You’ll need:

  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • Construction paper in multiple colors

1. Place construction paper of whatever color you want for the head band lengthwise. Measure an inch and a half, mark the paper with a horizontal line at that point, and then cut along it. Repeat.

01-band

2. Glue the two strips together at either end to make a circle.

02-cat-face

3. Grab construction paper of whatever color you want for the cat’s face. Trace the outline of a cat head with ears. Cut out.

03-eyes-snout

4. Draw two eyes on a white piece of paper with a marker. Cut out.

5. Cut out two circles of a color of your choice for the irises.

6. Cut out two smaller circles from black paper for the pupils.

7. Cut even smaller circles from white paper for eye glimmers.

8. Draw the outline of a cat mouth on white paper. Cut out.

9. Color in a nose and a tongue with a marker.

10. Create fringe by cutting thin strips into white paper. Snip off at a length of four inches. These will serve as whiskers!

11. Cut two cute little teeth from the white paper.

04-assembling

12. Glue the whites of the eyes to your cat face.

13. Glue the irises to the eyes.

me-pussyhat14. Glue the pupils to the irises.

15. Glue the glimmers to the pupils.

16. Glue the cat’s mouth onto the face.

17. Attach teeth and whiskers.

18. Glue head band to the back of the cat face.

Et voilà! Now, you’re ready to show some solidarity at your local Women’s March (or just walk around with a cat face on your head for no reason)!

 

Want to learn more about the Pussyhat phenomenon? Check out this piece from The California Report:

L.A.’s Pussyhat Project Crafts a Political Statement

Los Angeles’ quaint Atwater Village is the unlikely epicenter of a political movement that’s gone viral. The founders of the Pussyhat Project are responsible for the thousands of protesters who’ll be wearing pink cat-eared hats at this weekend’s post-inauguration Women’s March in Washington, D.C.

Don’t Know How to Knit? Make Your Own ‘Pussy Hat’ Out of Paper! 17 January,2017Emmanuel Hapsis

Author

Emmanuel Hapsis

Emmanuel Hapsis is the creator and editor of KQED Pop and also the host of The Cooler. He studied creative writing at University of Maryland and went on to receive his MFA in the field from California College of the Arts. In his free time, he sings his heart out at karaoke.

Sponsored by

Become a KQED sponsor