Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Show and Tell: sock kittens

Marilyn has submitted a great project just in time to make for a holiday gift.


These kittens are so cute. Here’s how Marilyn made these.


"I made these soft, stuffed kittens for my three little granddaughters. For my "Kittens in Kimonos", I started with a pair of soft, fleecy socks."


  • Turn them inside out and stitch two seams, 1/4" apart, from the top of the cuff to the heel.
  • Stitch across the edges at the end of the cuff and clip between the two seams. This creates the legs. 
  • Clip the opening at the heel so that it's large enough to turn the sock right-side-out. (The toe of the sock becomes the kitten's head).  
  • Insert stuffing into head, body and legs. Hand stitch the opening closed. I used polyester fiber-fill for the stuffing.
  • From the second sock, make the front legs (arms) in the same way you made the back legs, but cut them off at the heel. 
  • Insert stuffing into the arms.

 
  • Cut a tail and some ears - there is no need to stuff the ears or tail. Hand stitch the arms, ears and tail to the body.
  • Draw a face onto some cotton felt, then embroider the features, trim off the excess fabric and sew the face onto the head.
 

"I made a tiny kimono pattern from tracing paper. I had plenty of leftover fabric and I lined each little kimono with contrasting fabric. I tacked the tie belts to the backs of the kimonos, so that they can't come off and get lost. I made a buttonhole in the back of each kimono for the kittens' tails to go through."


"To make the kittens look more feminine, since they were for little girls, I made headbands for them, using leftover ribbon, elastic and roses."

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What little girl wouldn’t love to receive one of these kittens? Marilyn, your granddaughters are so lucky to have such a talented grandmother. Thanks for sharing your “Kittens in Kimonos”.

1 comment :

  1. Oh my goodness are those ever the cutest things!!! I see a few of these in my future! Thank you for the great tutorial and super fun idea!

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