One Kitty is fun … LOTS of Kitties are super fun and maybe even useful as educational tools.
Kitties are 3 inches tall and stand on their own. I wanted to make an educational toy to introduce math concepts from simple counting and sorting to fractions and even percentages. Sample worksheets that fit the Kitty Counters can be found at the bottom of this post. I also welcome any input on fun and/or educational ways to use these (via website comments or email firstname.lastname@example.org or post to Facebook My Funny Buddy Facebook)
Materials (for one Kitty):
5″ x 6″ piece of felt for body
scrap of white felt for eyes
embroidery floss and/or thread
Download PDF pattern here: Kitty Counters Pattern by MyFunnyBuddy
Digital PDF pattern includes abbreviated text instructions. For in depth instructions with photos, please see full post below.
1. Cut 1 each of A, B, C, D. (from downloaded PDF here: Kitty Counters Pattern by MyFunnyBuddy)
* Refer to Face Template on FRONT (A) for location of Eyes, Pupils, Nose and Whiskers
2. Sew EYES (C, D) to FRONT (A) using 1-2 strands thread or embroidery floss.
Note: I used Open Backstitch to attach eyes. For stitch help, see Stitch Glossary here: Sewing Tips.
3. Eye Pupils: Make a French Knot in each EYE using 6 strands black embroidery floss.
I leave end of floss unknotted when pulling needle through for eye pupils, then tie both loose ends together AFTER completing Eye Pupils and Nose, Steps 3 & 4 (see photos below).
For help in threading 6 strands of embroidery floss go to: Threading 6 Strands
For French Knot help, here is a great illustration French Knot – How To
OR simply search online: “How to Make a French Knot”
4. Nose: Stitch 2 straight stitches for Nose, using 6 strands embroidery floss.
5. Whiskers: Stitch 4 straight stitches for Whiskers, using 2 strands embroidery floss.
6. Sew FRONT (A) to BACK (B) using 2 strands embroidery floss or thread.
Begin stitching at dot marked START on FRONT (A) and BACK (B) (I tie a knot in first stitch in BACK, see photo). Stitch up and around ears then down to other dot marked END. Do NOT tie off yet.
Note: Kitty in Photos is stitched with Whip Stitch. Blanket Stitch would also work. For stitch help, see Stitch Glossary here: Sewing Tips.
7. Flatten side edges of Kitty while folding FRONT (A) along “Fold Line” marked on pattern. “xxx”s and “ooo”s are marked on FRONT (A). Match edges with “xxx”s together. Then match edges with “ooo”s together.
8. Begin Sewing from side seam toward front of Kitty, ending at folded edge. Bring needle into front corner where stitching stops and out near side seam, where bottom stitching begins.
9. Continue to sew along all 3 straight edges of bottom to Kitty Body, easing Body around square bottom.
10. Stuff before completely closing bottom. Complete sewing around entire bottom and tie off.
Enjoy your Kitty!