Made from soft felt and a variety of pretty floral fabrics, these animal bags are not only useful but simply too adorable for words. Let your little one choose a cat, bunny or mouse (or even all three) and once made you'll see them smile from ear to ear. The proof
- Fabric: floral prints, scraps
- Felt: white; beige; grey Fusible webbing
- Thread, embroidery: green; black; light blue; dark blue; yellow; orange; pink; aqua
- Ribbon, 1cm wide, coordinating
- Beads, seed, black
- Clasp, magnetic Fibre filling
- Cat bag: 21cm x 26cm
- Bunny bag: 16.5cm x 32.5cm
- Mouse bag: 19.5cm x 31cm
Stitch a cat bag
Download the templates for this project below and print the cat ones. Iron fusible webbing to the back of grey felt and floral fabric. Draw around the templates, transferring all of the instruction marks, then cut out.
Iron the floral fabric ears, nose, paws and back lining to the relevant felt pieces. Straight stitch around the ears, nose and paws using coordinating embroidery thread. Using one strand of black thread, embroider the mouth in back stitch, the spots in French knots and the whiskers in long stitch. Sew on two black seed beads for eyes, then secure a magnetic clasp to the front body and undecorated face piece.
Remove the fusible webbing on each piece. Place the two front body sections wrong sides together, then iron. Repeat with the face and two tail pieces, then do the same with the back body sections, making sure to trap the tail between the layers. Stitch all the way around each part, 5mm from the edge. Sew the front body section to the back body, then stitch the head section in place by sewing across the top, catching a length of coordinating ribbon between the layers for a strap.
Sew a bunny bag
Iron fusible webbing to the back of beige felt and floral fabric. Print the bunny templates, draw around them onto the relevant pieces, then cut out. Iron the floral fabric ears, paws and back lining onto the beige felt.
Embroider around the ears and paws in coordinating colours, then use one strand of black thread to stitch the nose, mouth and whiskers. Sew two black seed beads for eyes.
For the tail, cut out a circle of floral fabric. Use running stitch all the way around the edge, then slightly gather up and stuff with fibre filling. Gather up completely and create a knot to close. Sew to the back of the body section.
Stitch the front body section to the back one. Sew a magnetic clasp to the back of the face and front of the body. Position the two head pieces wrong sides facing and stitch 5mm from the edge. Place onto the body and sew straight across the top, catching a length of coordinating ribbon between the layers.
Make a mouse bag
Iron fusible webbing to the back of white felt and floral fabric. Print the mouse templates, draw around them onto the relevant pieces, then cut out. Iron the floral fabric ears, nose, feet and back lining onto the white felt.
Sew around the ears, nose and feet using coordinating embroidery thread, then use one strand of black thread to stitch whiskers. Sew two black seed beads for eyes, then use straight stitch all the way along the tail using pink embroidery thread.
Iron the floral lining to one of the back body pieces, then iron the other back body section to the reverse of it. Sew a magnetic clasp to the middle of the front body, then iron the matching body section to the back of it.
Attach the other half of the magnetic clasp to the back of the face, then iron the two faces together and sew around, 5mm from the edge. Lay the body section floral fabric side up, then stitch the feet and tail down. Place the front body section on top and sew around the edge, then put the head piece on that and sew across the top, catching a length of coordinating ribbon between the layers.