Free Kitty Counters Sewing Pattern

One Kitty is fun … LOTS of Kitties are super fun and maybe even useful as educational tools.

Kitty Counters with matching Rugs
Kitty Counters with matching Rugs

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 info@myfunnybuddy.com 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
stuffing

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.

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Cut 1 each of A, B, C, D. (from downloaded PDF here: Kitty Counters Pattern by MyFunnyBuddy)

Kitty Pieces Cut Out of Felt
Kitty Pieces Cut Out of Felt

 
* 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.

Attach Eyes - Open Backstitch used in photo
Eyes Attached – Open Backstitch used in photo

 
3. Eye Pupils: Make a French Knot in each EYE using 6 strands black embroidery floss.
Notes:
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”

Eye Pupils - French Knot using 6 strands embroidery floss
Eye Pupils – French Knot using 6 strands embroidery floss

 
4. Nose: Stitch 2 straight stitches for Nose, using 6 strands embroidery floss.

Nose - 2 Straight Stitches using 6 strands embroidery floss
Nose – 2 Straight Stitches using 6 strands embroidery floss
Completed Nose and Eyes
Completed Nose and Eyes
Loose ends of floss from Eye Pupils and Nose
Wrong Side of Front – Loose ends of floss from Eye Pupils and Nose

Loose ends of black embroidery floss tied together
Wrong Side of Front – Loose ends of black embroidery floss tied together

 
5. Whiskers: Stitch 4 straight stitches for Whiskers, using 2 strands embroidery floss.
Whiskers - Straight Stitches using 2 strands embroidery floss
Whiskers – Straight Stitches 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.
Knot thread on BACK (B)
Knot thread on BACK (B)

Sew Front to Back - Whip Stitch illustrated using 2 strands embroidery floss
Sew Front to Back – Whip Stitch illustrated using 2 strands embroidery floss

Front to Back - Stitching Completed
Front to Back – Stitching Completed

 

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.

Open Kitty and flatten along Side Seams (stitched seams)
Open Kitty and flatten along Side Seams (stitched seams)

Bottom folded down and pinned to side, edges marked xxxx on pattern
Bottom pinned to side, edges marked xxxx on pattern

 

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.

Sew from side seam to front corner
Sew from side seam to front corner

Bring needle into front corner seam and out near side seam
Bring needle into front corner seam and out near side seam

 

9. Continue to sew along all 3 straight edges of bottom to Kitty Body, easing Body around square bottom.

Continue sewing bottom to Kitty Body
Continue sewing bottom to Kitty Body

 

10. Stuff before completely closing bottom. Complete sewing around entire bottom and tie off.

Stuff
Stuff

Completed bottom - all 3 sides stitched to body
Completed bottom – all 3 sides stitched to body

Completed Kitty - Side View
Completed Kitty – Side View

 

Enjoy your Kitty!

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Sample Worksheets:
Addition Worksheet
Fractions Worksheet
Fraction/Percentage Worksheet

Fraction Worksheet
Fraction Worksheet

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