What’s better than a free cat sewing pattern? A free cat sewing pattern that fits in your pocket! My two year old is obsessed with her new kitty-cats; I’m sharing this pattern as a fun, easy thing to sew up by hand for Valentine’s Day. It is simple enough to sew with older kids too, I designed it as a part of the ongoing Sew A Softie Day project. The kitties slip right inside a child’s pocket as a little friend, and are super quick to make. They are the perfect size for little toddler hands to hold and carry, without being so small that they’re easily lost- measuring approximately 2.25″ wide and 3.75″ tall.
The cat’s face is a heart, and so is the nose! The facial features are very simple to embroider, but they could also be drawn on with a fabric pen. If you are looking for more ideas, I have a list of free Valentine’s Day softies to sew here!
“My kitties!! I love them!” she says; I can’t get over how cute they look, hanging out of her pocket.
I made both of these, including taking pictures, while watching a movie (The Imitation Game, which I’d never heard of and found quite fascinating) so I’m confident in saying they’re a fast project. I can see this cat as an ornament, an applique, maybe even a garland of cool cats? See how many kitties were sewn up and sent to a children’s hospital, in this post!
I sewed even more pocket kitties since this post, go see the family of 4 pocket kitties I made!
Check out my favorite hand sewing tools, if you’re new to working with wool felt or embroidery!
How to make a cat softie
- Small amount of stuffing
- Transfer method for the pattern (I love Fabri-Solvy*, see a blog post about how to use it, here!)
- Embroidery floss or thread
- Chopstick or hemostats* for stuffing
- Wool blend felt – 2 8 X 10″ sheets of each main body color, will leave enough coordinating for the faces if you want. These are all from my favorite, Benzie Design*.
- Free cat sewing pattern – sign up for my newsletter and get the full pattern once you confirm your subscription! If you’re already a subscriber, you can access the pattern with the password in each newsletter, in the resource library:
Step 1- Cut two body pieces, 1 face, and stitch the eyes and nose. You can get creative but I used a back-stitch for the eyes and a satin stitch for the nose.
Step 2-Center and sew on the heart face piece, I used a running stitch.
Step 3- Sew on the whiskers! I used perle cotton for these with one big stitch, and love how they look. If you used Fabri-Solvy like me to transfer the pattern, now is the time to wash it all off!
Step 4- Sew around about 1/8″ from the edge, with the two body pieces wrong sides together. Leave a small gap, stuff, and then finish sewing it up. I used a running stitch.
Read to sew your own? I’d love to see them if you make any pocket kitties!