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Ideas Using Whimsical Cats Embroidery
Here are some super easy upcycling ideas using the Whimsical Cat Set.

We used the smaller design to make funny patch pockets for a denim skirt, and used the larger design to make an outer patch pocket for a canvas marker tote and a cross-body purse for a kid.
A denim skirt with embroidered pockets

A canvas marker tote with an embroidered pocket
A cross-body purse for a child
You will need :
  • embroidery threads either polyester or rayon - you can either follow our color cards or choose your own colors,
  • fabric for the outer part of the pockets (for all projects we used an old denim shirt),
  • light-weight cut away embroidery stabilizer,
  • 1 fat quarter of cotton fabric for the lining (it's enough for all 3 projects),
  • sewing threads
  • scissors,
  • iron,
  • chalk pencil or removable fabric marker,
  • a piece of partchment paper,
  • for the purse, you 'll also need two 1" rings and 7/8" wide grosgrain ribbon or a cord for the handle.
Upload a file, or both files, from the set into your embroidery machine. Select and prepare threads. Stabilize the fabric, hoop it tightly and embroider the design.
A stitch-out of onw of the designs from the set with cats in different colors.

Cut away the excess stabilizer around the embroidery. Press, if needed.
Making a Patch Pocket:
Position a piece of parchment paper over the stitch-out. Trace the outline of the embroidery. Cut out the paper template.
Photo shows tracing of the embroidery outline

Place the template over the stitch-out.
Photo shows the paper template over the stitch-out.

Trace the template with the chalk pencil.
Photo shows the chalk outline of the template around the embroidery.

Add 1/4"- 1/2" for seam allowance around the embroidery and up to 1" over the upper edge of the embroidery. Cut out.
The stitch-out is cut-out.

Position the stitch-out over the fabric for the lining, face to face. Pin along the edges.
Pin the stitch-out onto the lining fabric.

Stitch together along the sides and bottom, leaving the upper edges open. Cut out.
Cut out the lining following the edges of the upper part.

Notch the curve.
Notch the curve.

Turn the working piece out . Carefully press.
The working piece turned out.

Tuck the upper edges 1/2" in. Press. Topstitch along the upper edge, seam allowance 1/4". The patch pocket is ready.
Photo shows the finished patch pocket.

Now we can stitch the pocket wherever we want it. For example, an apron, or a market tote.
A patch pocket stitched to a market tote.
Or a skirt:
Topstitching the patch pocket to a skirt.
For our skirt, we used 2 pockets and made the stitch-outs in mirror image.
The skirt with 2 pockets embroidered in mirror image.
Stitch-out as a mirror image.
For the cross-body purse, make one pocket with the stitch-out and another one without embroidery. Use the same paper template as for the embroidered part.
2 patch pockets - with and without embroidery.

The pocket with the embroidery is the front panel of the purse, while without it is the back of the purse.
2 patch pockets - with and without embroidery.
Out of grosgrain ribbon cut 2 pieces 4" long each. Thread them through the rings. Align the short ends and pin together.
Grosgrain ribbon threaded through the rings.
Place 2 patch pockets, wrong sides together, align the edges, pin together.
Insert the ends of the ribbons with rings between 2 pockets at the upper edge. Pin.
Photo shows how to pin both patch pockets together.
Topstitch along the edges to sew the pockets together. Topstitch the ribbons with rings in place.
Topstitch along the edges of the pockets.
Cut a length of the grosgrain ribbon for the handle. The length depends on the height of the child. Thread the ends of the ribbon through the rings, fold and stitch in place.
Finished purse with embroidery of whimsical cats on the front panel.
Have fun!
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