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Felt, Sewing  |  September 8th 2011  |  0 Comment

Felt Cat and Scotty Dog Ornament Tutorial

 A few weeks ago, I shared the handmade ornaments on my tree and said I’d try to make a tutorial for the felt pet ornaments. Several people wanted to know how to make them, so I finally found time to write the pattern up. I made these a few years ago, so I don’t have any step by step pictures, but if you can hand sew, I’m sure you can figure out from the instructions how to make them.

 

 

You probably won’t get these made in time for Christmas this year, but keep in mind that by changing the colors, you can easily customize these for other events. Make the hanger longer and attach an ornament on a gift bag for someone with a new pet. I’m sure there are many ways you can adapt these ornaments so they aren’t just for the Christmas tree.

To make these, you’ll need:

1 piece felt per ornament
Contrasting embroidery thread
embroidery needle
ribbon or metallic cord for hanger
ribbon for bow
fray check to seal ribbon ends
fabric paint in tube (I used the puffy paint, but any kind is okay)
small amount of fiberfill
Pattern for cat or dog (below)
hot glue or fabric glue

Kitty Pattern:

Scotty Dog Pattern:

1. Enlarge or decrease the pattern to the size you want. I tried to size the patterns so when you click on them, they will be the right size. I’m not sure that worked though.

My dog is approx. 4 1/2 inches tall at the highest point at the ear to the bottom of the leg and approx. 5 inches wide from tail to nose.

My kitty is appros 4 inches long from tail to leg and approx 4 3/4 inches wide from the end of one leg to the other.

However, you can adjust the pattern to make yours any size. You do not need a seam allowance for these patterns.

2. Cut 2 cat or dog shapes out of your felt.

3. On the piece that will be the back, glue a loop of ribbon to what will be the inside of the piece. Meaning when you line the front and back together, the ends will not show from the outside. Just for time, I hot glue the ribbon, but you can use fabric glue and wait for it to dry.

4. Once the ribbon is dry, put the two felt pieces wrong sides together. Thread an embroidery needle with 3 or 4 threads.

5. Any stitch you feel comfortable using is okay. I just put the thread from the front to back and went all the way around, but you can do a blanket stitch or a running stitch if you want to. Go all away around, but leave a small area open for stuffing. Do not cut the thread.

6. Lightly stuff ornament with fiberfill.

7. Stitch ornament closed, knot and cut threads.

8. Make a simple bow and glue on the cat or dog’s neck.

9. I highly, highly recommend practicing this step on a scrap piece of felt first to get the feel of how the paint will work on the felt.

Using fabric paint in a tube, make a dot for an eye on your Scottie dog. For a cat, make 2 dots for eyes, then paint on other details. You might find an artist brush or your embroider needle a better tool for painting on the mouth and nose.

10. Use fray check on the ends of the bow so the ribbon won’t fray.

11. Put ornament aside for a few hours and allow paint and fray check to dry completely before using.

Source: cozyhomescenes.blogspot.com