Here’s a fun little craft project to do with your kiddos. A quick Kittie Kat stuffie they can color and help you stuff. Older kids might even be able to help with the sewing. I’ve made a printable PDF download for you all. You have a few options:
1) print onto inkjet compatible, paper-backed cotton or canvas. You can get this at some craft stores or online. Dharma Trading Co. has some here.
2) print the download onto iron-on transfer paper. You can also get that at Dharma Trading Co. here.
3) print out onto regular paper and use a lightbox and fabric markers to trace the design onto your fabric.
I printed onto inkjet compatible cotton canvas. Then got situated with my trusty fabric markers and some fabric dyes for the larger areas so i could paint them in a bit quicker.
Here’s a detail of the fabric texture. (Click the image to see it larger on your screen)
And here’s how she looked all color-i-fied.
Then i cut out the kittie leaving about 5/8″ of the fabric all around.
I used this piece as a template to cut a piece of fabric for the back of the kittie. I just used some woven, fun fabric from my stash. You don’t need much. I pinned the 2 pieces with right sides together.
Next, I stitiched a 5/8″ seam all around. The fabric marker bled through, so it gave me a good guide as far as staying very close to the black outline of the kittie. I backstitched on either side of an approximately 4″ gap at the base of the kittie. This will be the hole for turning and stuffing. Before turning, i trimmed close to my stitching line and added some notches around curves to make the turned shape lie smoothly. You might want to add a 2nd row of stitching very close to your first row if this little stuffie is likely to get a lot of wear.
Next, I turned and pressed the stuffie so she looked like this.
Then stuffed her with fiber fill and hand-stitched the opening shut. I instagrammed her keeping me company at my desk, see?
She might need some sequins…..but that’s for another day. : )
Oh! and see her cute back?
Click the image below for your PDF download if you want to make a few of your own! Meow!