HOW TO MAKE… FELT SOFTIES
Wool felt in Natural, Peach, Blossom, Mocha, Fawn, Blush, Pale mint, Moss and Pistachio, 1mm ( 1 /8") thick (we got ours from www. paper-and-string.net) Riley Blake Designs Ava Rose Flower cotton fabric in Cream Matching sewing threads Two black brads, 0.5cm ( ") One white plastic pearl bead, 3mm ( 3 /8") Three white plastic pearl beads, 4mm ( ") Four mustard yellow seed beads Embroidery thread in black, pink, red and mustard yellow Pale pink satin ribbon, 4mm ( ") wide Pink powder blush Cotton bud Soft toy stuffing Erasable fabric marker Pinking shears We may have reached peak cuteness with this project – what could be more adorable than cat and mouse BFFs Kitty and Percy sharing a strawberry picnic? And what makes them almost too pure for this world is the off-the-scale level of detail involved – blushing cheeks, bows and tiny pearls.
Use three strands of matching embroidery thread for sewing throughout, unless stated otherwise, and turn to page 98 for our embroidery stitch guides. Using the templates on page 98, cut two head pieces and one cape piece in peach felt, and one face piece, two leg pieces, two foot pieces and four arm pieces in fawn felt. In pale mint felt, cut two boot pieces, two mouse pieces, four ear pieces, two sole pieces and four paw pieces. Cut two cat ear pieces and one mouse tummy piece in natural felt. From blush felt, cut two strawberry pieces and two inside ear pieces. Finally, cut one hair piece in the mocha felt.
Place the hole template onto one head piece and trace the outline using erasable pen. Cut out the hole along the markings. Pin the hair piece onto the face piece
and sew along the fringe using backstitch and matching thread.
Pin the face piece under the head piece so it looks centred through the hole, and sew together around the edge of the hole with backstitch and matching thread. Sew the cat ear pieces in place with whipstitch. Using erasable pen and the image as a guide, draw on the mouth, cheeks and eyes. Sew over the lines using backstitch and red embroidery thread for the mouth, satin stitch and black embroidery thread for the eyes, and satin stitch and pink embroidery thread for the cheeks.
Using matching thread, blanket stitch the head pieces together, starting at the neck opening, and fill with stuffing. From the pistachio and moss felt, cut four small leaves and attach them to the head with a few stitches. Cut out four 1cm ( 3 /8") circles from natural felt and two bigger circles from blush and blossom felt for the flowers, leaving irregular edges to give a more natural look. Attach the flowers to the head with a couple of stitches and add a mustard yellow seed bead on top of each one.
Sew two arm pieces together using blanket stitch and matching thread, leaving a small opening for stuffing. Stuff, sew the gap closed, then repeat. Fold one leg as pictured and stitch along the longer edge with blanket stitch, leaving the top open. Sew the foot in place and stuff. Wrap the boot around the foot and sew the ends together with blanket stitch and matching thread. Add the sole, then repeat for the second leg.
Trace the outline of the dress template onto the WS of the cotton fabric, then cut it out using pinking shears, leaving a 0.5cm ( ") seam allowance. Use this piece as a template to cut out a second