Cats are such soft, graceful creatures that attempting to recreate their distinctive shape is a worthwhile activity in the fine arts and via crafts projects. Making a felt cat is a suitable project for the novice seamstress; it doesn't involve a lot of complicated steps and the required stitches are basic ones. A felt cat makes an appropriate gift for a cat lover as you can tailor it to look like a cat that the recipient already owns.
Draw a simple image of a cat on a piece of paper with a pencil. Alternatively, print out a silhouette of a cat from an online resource.
Cut out the image of the cat with a pair of scissors. Pin together two pieces of felt that are the same size as your cat image. Pin the image of the cat on top of the two pieces of felt.
Follow the shape of the pattern to cut out the two pieces of felt using your scissors. Remove the pins and take the pattern off of the two pieces of felt.
Remove the pins from the two pieces of felt. Pick one for the front side of the cat. Thread your needle with thread in a colour that matches your felt. Sew on two small buttons for the eyes of the cat. Use buttons the colour of a cat's eyes, like green, yellow or hazel.
Dab a dot of craft glue onto the underside of a tiny pink flat bead and press it beneath the eyes in the centre as the cat's nose. Use a pencil to draw lines for whiskers coming out from the nose, placing three whiskers on each side of the nose. Thread your needle with dark thread and sew tiny stitches following on top of the whisker lines.
Draw a slight smile shape beneath the nose with your pencil. Thread your needle with the colour thread of your choice and follow the lines of the smile shape with your needle and thread, creating tiny stitches on top of the lines.
Line up the two pieces of felt and pin them together. Sew around the perimeter with a running stitch, leaving a 1/4 or 1/8-inch border. Leave an opening so you can add stuffing.
Push the stuffing or bean bag material in through the opening until your cat is full and plump. Sew up the opening with your running stitch.
Things you need
- 2 pieces of felt
- 2 colours of thread: one matching the felt, one dark
- Craft glue
- Pink flat bead
- Stuffing or bean bag material