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Free Cat Sewing Pattern – Felt Pocket Kitty!

Free cat sewing pattern

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.

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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!

How to make a cat softie


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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!


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  1. These are so cute – and with the heart shapes, a perfect DIY valentine gift! I can see them being really useful soothing separation anxiety in little ones.

  2. Stephanie, your pocket kitty is so so sweet!! I want to make some for myself 🙂 What a perfect project to kick off Sew a Softie for Valentines. Thanks again for joining in. Must try Fabri-Solvy too

  3. Oh my goodness! These are adorable! I hadn’t thought of using my hemostats for stuffing. They would be terrific for those hard to reach places.

  4. I live in El Paso, TX and our church has recently began participating in receiving refugees as they travel from S. and C. America, through Mexico and across the border. We help them with a warm shower and bed and food and help them with scheduling their trip to their final destinations. The congregation helps with providing new clothes and other essentials, I am a part of the Child Care team in our church, I thought this would be a great opportunity to teach the children about giving so they drew pictures and then I made felt figures and then softies to give the refugee kids as they go on their last leg of the journey. Here is one of them:

  5. Adorable. Great gift or stocking stuffer for my granddaughters. Also make great tree ornaments or gift package decoration. Great job designing these cuties!

  6. […] Today’s felt craft project is something I first found months ago. I’ve been wanting to make it, and share my experience for months. Finally this summer, the stars aligned, and here we are. Meet the absolutely darling Pocket Kitty from Swoodson Says. Stephanie designed this pattern and you can get your own copy by visiting her site. It’s a free download, so please get one for yourself. […]

  7. Just made as a Christmas ornament for my son – he loves cats and picked this pattern. I’ll attach a ribbon to the back for hanging. Thank you!

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