Have you tried felt crafts yet? This is my first, and I’m in love! This easy Felt Craft has simple sewing and embroidery stitches. And when you’re done, you’ll have a precious Pocket Kitty.
May I introduce you to an Adorable Pocket Kitty felt craft? I really think you’re going to want to see this.
How cute are they? So cute, right?
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.
I have not sewn anything like this since high school Home Ec class. Which was my favorite class, BTW. I absolutely LOVED it!! The baking and the sewing and stuff like that really made me happy. I think I would have been a great Home Ec teacher, and would have enjoyed doing that for a career. Except like every thing else that fits my temperament best, it’s been eliminated.
So now you understand why I write this blog and try out fun projects and recipes and share it all with you right here. I’m secretly a Home Ec teacher sharing my favorite projects with the world!
Back to the project…..this gave me a chance to do a little hand sewing. I made French Knots for the Mouse Friends I showed you last week. The kittens had me doing a little Back Stitch and a variation on Satin Stitch for the nose. Both projects had me sewing Running stitch on the body portions of the projects. With my kittens I made a little modification the faces. On the raspberry kitten, I followed the directions exactly and stitched the face onto the kitten body. For the other ones I made, I simply used my craft BFF, Tacky Glue, and glued the face to the body. A hot glue gun would be overkill on a project like this, and frankly, I have burned my fingers with them quite often. I definitely would not let a child anywhere near a hot glue gun, so Tacky Glue to the rescue.
The project is darling either way, so it’s up to you. I love them both! I added a piece of super bulky weight yarn for a fluffy tail. The original pattern does not call for a tail, and field research indicates that if you make these for toddlers, the likelihood is they are going to pull the tail off anyway.
The “field research” we did also indicated that little girls absolutely adored these kittens! They took them every where. And they are the perfect size to ride along in a cup holder in the mini van. They also rather enjoy sliding down slides and being gently squished by tiny hands.
Pocket kittens also slip into a back pack for school very easily. They can accompany a nervous child through those challenging first days of getting back into the routine of catching buses and being away from home. Maybe they are a good idea for mom to have on hand as well.
Here’s my supply list for Pocket Kitties:
- Two colors of felt
- Three colors of embroidery floss
- Embroidery needle
- Something to make a tail. I used super bulky weight yarn.
- Tacky Glue
- Polyester pillow stuffing
- Fabric Scissors
- Paper cutting scissors
- Pattern from Swoodson Says
- Optional** ribbon trim and yarn to tie a bow on the kitten’s tail
Put it all together, and this is what you get!
A couple of tips about making this project:
- Perfection is not mandatory. Part of the charm of this project is it’s folk art whimsy and perfectly imperfect nature. So don’t get hung up on making the cutouts or the stitching perfect.
- The embroidery floss had 6 strands, so splitting them and using 2 or 3 strands at a time worked much better.
- Definitely get the embroidery needles for this project. You will do yourself a huge favor. I had quite a bit of frustration when I tried sewing the first project and couldn’t get it to work. I was feeling awful about my sewing skills, and Deanna from Busy Little Bird (who supplied me with these beautiful supplies) reassured me that it was because the needle I was using was too blunt. So quick trip to Michael’s for needles and Voila! It was a completely different experience.
- I swear by Tacky Glue for projects like this. It’s an actual brand, so look for that. I read about it on some other craft blog, and now that I’ve used it a few times, I can tell you it’s absolutely wonderful to use in these small projects.
- Set yourself up to make more than one kitty. This is such a cute project, so give yourself permission to make several in different colors.
- Get your felt from Busy Little Bird. You can certainly pick it up in the big box craft store. I have some of that in my supply cabinet. But the difference between that product and what Deanna has is night and day. Seriously. No comparison on quality. And I like that I can support another woman in business. That means a lot to me.
- Be sure to check out our Mouse Friends pattern and tutorial as well. Because the kitty and the mouse are adorable together!
I am absolutely hooked on felt crafts now. Have you ever tried them? While I would not recommend this project for a small child, a teenager could definitely do this. This could be a fun activity for sleepovers.
Kids are going back to school and slumber parties will be cranking up again. Something like this is a fun project and the girls would have an adorable souvenir to take home with them.
And how nice to get them doing a low tech project instead of scrolling Instagram or Snap Chat all night. They might still Snap their projects, but hopeful you can distract them long enough with this to encourage them to make 2 or 3 kittens and mice to take home in the morning. Throw in baking homemade chocolate chip cookies (or even this recipe) and pizza and you’ve got a slumber party straight out of Home Ec heaven! Now you know what Saturday nights are like at my house.
Here’s a video that walks through the steps to make the Pocket Kitty project. Watch that for complete instructions!
Be sure to follow me on Instagram @pattymacknits and Busy Little Bird on her Instagram @busylittlebird this month to participate in our very informal make along. Feel free to ask questions and to share your projects with us. Stephanie Swoodson is @swoodsonsays
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