Black-and-White Kitty Brooch
Designer: Alyssa Thomas of Penguin & Fish
These cute kitty brooches are a snap to make! Scraps of felt and a few simple embroidery stitches create a purrfect accent for shirts, jackets, or even purses.
- Wool felt: 2 pieces black, 1 piece white: each piece 3" square
- Embroidery floss: black, white, orange (or your choice for the eyes), light purple (or your choice for the nose and mouth)
- Fabric scissors
- Embroidery needle
- Water soluble marker
1. Print the downloadable PDF (found at the bottom of this post) and cut out the "Kitty Shape" template and the "Face Markings" template.
2. Lay the two black felt pieces on top of each other. Pin the "Kitty Shape" template to the felt pieces and cut along the template, cutting both felt pieces.
3. Pin the "Face Markings" template to the white felt piece and cut along the template. You should now have two black kitty shapes and one white face markings shape.
Assemble and Stitch the Front of the Kitty Brooch:
1. Pin the white face markings piece to one of the black kitty shapes, lining up and centering the bottom, straight edges. Using a blanket stitch and white embroidery floss, stitch along the edge of the face markings piece, attaching the face markings piece to the kitty shape. Don't stitch along the bottom straight edge.
2. After stitching around the edge, add a few straight stitches to the lower half of the face markings piece to add some fur to the belly of your kitty. Finish by weaving in the ends of the floss on the back of the felt.
Stitch the Nose, Mouth, and Eyes:
1. With a water soluble marker, draw an "X" (about 1/4" in size) in the center of the face markings piece about 1" from the top of the kitty shape.
2. Draw a line connecting the top two points of the "X". You should now have a triangle (the kitty nose) with the bottom point connected to an upside down "V" (the kitty mouth).
3. Using the light purple embroidery floss, satin stitch the triangle and stitch the upside down "V" with two straight stitches.
4. Using a backstitch and the orange embroidery floss, stitch two "U" shapes, one to the left of the nose and one to the right of the nose, within the black kitty shape. As an alternative, you could stitch "O" shapes or upside down "U" shapes to change your Kitty's expression.
5. The front of your kitty brooch is now complete. Set aside.
Attach the Pinback
Take your second black kitty shape felt, and flip it so that it's a mirror version of the front of your kitty brooch. Using whatever color embroidery floss you like, position and stitch the pinback to the second black kitty shape.
Line up and pin the front and back pieces, with the wrong sides together. Using a blanket stitch and the black embroidery floss, stitch the front and back pieces together. Tie off your floss and hide the end between the front and back pieces.
Yay! Your Black and White Kitty Brooch is now complete. Also check out the variation Kitty Brooch we made (see picture at top). Same design except we used orange felt and didn't use the face markings piece.
About the designer:
Alyssa Thomas, the founder of Penguin & Fish is an illustrator, designer, and artist. As a child, Alyssa would make everything from beaded bracelets to large papier maché masks and then barter them with her brothers at the “trading post” outside her bedroom door. Alyssa earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. She works as a product designer for the children’s apparel and stationary industries and illustrated her first children’s picture book, No Monster Here. Alyssa started Penguin & Fish in 2004 as a hobby to create lovely and quirky hand embroidery patterns, embroidery kits, sewing patterns, and artful plush. Today, Penguin & Fish’s products can be found in quilting, sewing, gift and children's stores worldwide and at penguinandfish.com. Penguin & Fish is a Minneapolis, Minnesota based company and all products are designed and manufactured in the USA.