Meet Betsy, an adorable kitty who will warm your heart with her Liberty fabric loveliness. I have a Liberty Kitty Tutorial for you today – a really fun project.
She wants to brighten up your day, sitting calmly in your sewing room, on your sofa, or nestling up to your favourite books on a high shelf. She’ll make herself at home anywhere. Betsy can be adapted to use any fabrics that you’d love to pair together, whether vintage or newly-acquired. She would make a gorgeous gift for any furball-loving friend. I sewed most of her with a sewing machine, as that’s my preference for speed, but it’s also a wonderful hand sewing project.
Liberty Kitty Tutorial:
Finished size: Cat stands approx 24cm (9”) tall
Materials & Tools: Fat quarter of Liberty fabric for cat plus scraps of contrasting Liberty fabric for ears and collar. Lightweight fusible interfacing (e.g. Vilene). Toy stuffing. Silver Charm with jump ring. Scissors, pins & pencil. Thread & sewing machine or needle for hand sewing. You can buy the Betsy P fabric here.
Download printable templates below:
Body, Tail, Collar, Ear, Head
Cutting: Main fabric: Cut 2 of body, 2 of tail, 2 ears of main fabric and 2 ears of contrast fabric, cut 2 of head. Transfer markings to face. Contrast fabric: Cut 2 ears, 1 collar. Interlining: cut 1 collar, cut 1 face.
TIP: Pin paper template to 2 layers of fabric
NOTES: Secure stitches at the beginning and end of each row. Seam allowance 1cm (3/8”) unless otherwise stated. Always secure stitches and start and end of sewing.
1: BODY: Place 2 cat body pieces right sides together, aligning carefully, pin them together and stitch together, leaving an opening at the neck and a 7cm (2 1/2″)
2: Trim seam to approx 0.5cm and clip curves. TIP: Clip curves every 0.5cm at tight corners and every 1cm at less tight curves (take care not to clip stitches!). Turn body right side out, press and stuff moderately firmly (or until he is pleasingly squishy to you!) TIP: take your time with stuffing, adding small bits at a time. Turn the seam allowance of the gap to the inside of the body side and slip stitch closed. Leave neck open.
3: TAIL: Place 2 cat tail pieces right sides together, aligning carefully, pin them together and stitch together, leaving an opening of 5cm (2”) on one side as shown.
4: Repeat step 2, this time with the tail, leave open at end of tail.
5: Turn open edge seam allowance to wrong side and pin to back of body at one side (use picture as a guide) ensuring that the tail wraps snugly around the body. When you are happy with the position, test how the cat sits/stands. Hand sew the tail in place using slip stitch.
6: COLLAR: Fuse interfacing to wrong side of collar. Fold ¼” to wrong side at one short end, press and trim the corners.
7: Fold ¼” of both long edges to wrong side, press. Fold in half, press.
8: Slip the charm onto the collar and along to the middle. Form a loop with the collar, tucking the raw end 1cm into the open end with the folded edge.
9: Sew the ends together using slip stitch.
10: Slip collar onto neck of cat body.
11: EARS: Take one contrast fabric ear and one main fabric ear and with right sides together, align edges and stitch together as shown, leaving a gap at the bottom.
12: Trim seam, corners and clip at corners.
13: Turn right side out and press. Stuff with a small bit of stuffing and stitch closed ¼” from bottom edge of ear.
14: HEAD: Fuse interfacing to wrong side of face fabric. Embroider face using black thread. Tip: use 2 strands of thread.
15: Place one ear on right side of face (between markings) having contrast fabric (inner ear) against face. Pin and stitch in place on face, ¼” from edge of ear.
16: Repeat step 15 with other ear.
17: With right sides together stitch back of head to face around edge, leaving gap at neck between markings.
18: Trim seam allowance, clip curves and turn right side out, press. Stuff head. Turn seam allowance at gap to the inside.
19: Attach head: Push neck of cat into gap at bottom of head, slip stitch head to neck, closing the gap.
…Thanks for viewing my Liberty Kitty Tutorial – make sure you send me pictures of kitty’s you have made! Enjoy your kitty!