Episode 111: Sassy Softies
Sassy Softies by Casey Buchanan
Casey Buchanan recycles a thrift-store sweater into a cute felted wool softie.
- Felted sweater
- Felt scraps
- All-purpose thread
- Needles: 100/16 machine, hand sewing & hand embroidery
- 2 buttons or safety eyes
- Tailor's chalk
- Embroidery floss
- Fabric glue (optional)
- Download and print out the cat pattern. Tape together the pattern pieces.
- Turn the sweater wrong side out. Position the pattern over the sweater, and then trace the pattern outline using chalk.
- Pin the sweater layers together. Cut out the cat pattern through both layers.
- From the felt, cut out an oval approximately 4"x5" for the cat's face. Cut a 5"-diameter half-circle for the cat's tummy.
- Set the stitch length to 3mm. With right sides together, begin stitching the cat perimeter along one long edge, using a scant 1/4" seam allowance. End stitching, leaving a 4" opening for stuffing. Turn the cat right side out.
- Using pencil, draw the cat nose, whiskers and mouth on the felt oval. Mark the placement for the safety eyes or buttons.
- Thread an embroidery needle with two strands of embroidery floss. Embroider the mouth using a backstitch. If desired, switch to a different floss color to embroider the nose.
- Thread the needle with one embroidery floss strand, and then embroider the whiskers.
- Attach the safety eyes or hand stitch the buttons to the felt oval at the placement marks.
- Position the face on the cat body; pin, and then hand stitch the face perimeter or adhere using fabric glue. Repeat to attach the tummy to the body.
- Stuff the cat body with fiberfill, using a chopstick or knitting needle to push the fiberfill into the tail and corners.
- Slipstitch the opening closed.
Tip: Whether you're using a premade pattern or making your own, keep in mind that a felted sweater is usually pretty thick, and not really suited to small pieces like thin tails or small limbs.