This sweet little kitty makes a gorgeous doorstop — and everyone will be ultra-impressed you made it yourself. This embroidery project would also make a great gift, if you can bear to part with it, that is.
A sandbag positioned in the bottom of the cat gives the doorstop weight while keeping it soft enough to avoid painful stubbed toes. The top is filled with toy stuffing, which gives the cat its shape.
For your embroidery project, you will need
- 0.5m blue cotton
- 46 x 30cm cotton voile backing fabric
- 25cm white cotton
DMC six-stranded cotton thread:
- 3347 Medium yellow green
- 743 Medium yellow
- 987 Dark forest green
- 3779 Ultra very light rosewood
- 3328 Dark salmon
- 472 Ultra light avocado green
- 989 Forest green
- 3348 Light yellow green
- 3811 Very light turquoise
- 598 Light turquoise
- 744 Pale yellow
- 950 Light desert sand
- Blanc White
- 779 Dark cocoa
- 3860 Cocoa
- Embroidery: size 7, 9
- Milliner: size 8
- Washed sand (used for kids’ sandpits, available from hardware stores)
- Toy stuffing
- Sewing thread to match
How to embroider your cute cat doorstop
- Start your embroidery project by cutting a 46 x 30cm piece of blue fabric.
- Transfer the embroidery design onto the blue cotton, including the cutting lines. Overlock or tack the cotton voile to the back.
- Embroider the design according to the embroidery template.
- Place the fabric face down on a towel and iron the embroidery from the back when you’ve completed all the stitching.
- Check that the traced-on cutting lines haven’t distorted during stitching and redraw them if necessary, then cut out the embroidered front of the cat.
- Lay the front face down on the right side of the remaining blue fabric and use it as a template to cut out the back of the cat. You want a mirror image of the front.
- Use the template provided to cut out the base from the remaining blue fabric.
- Fold a section of the white cotton over on itself and use the template provided to cut out the sides of the sandbag — you want two pieces that mirror each other.
- Cut out the sandbag base using the template provided.
- For the sandbag, join the two pieces of white fabric, right sides facing, at the sides using a 0.6cm seam. Insert the sandbag base into the bottom and pin, tack, then stitch in place with a 0.6cm seam. Turn the right way round and fill the bag with sand, then stitch the top closed by hand.
- Stitch the cat front to the back around the sides and head with right sides facing, using a 0.6cm seam.
- Cut notches into the seam allowance on the convex curves (especially around the ears) and clip the concave curves (especially the neck). Then turn the cat the right way round and press the seams lightly.
- Sew a row of stitching around the bottom of the cat, 0.6cm from the edge, and a similar row around the base as guides for when you come to attach the base.
- Fill the top of the cat with stuffing and then position the bag of sand so it sits solidly at the bottom of the cat, covered by the unstuffed fabric. Place some stuffing around the sides of the sandbag until the cat is stuffed firmly and is balancing nicely.
- Pin the base into the bottom of the cat — fold the seams over on the sewn lines as you go — and tack, then stitch in place by hand with a double strand of sewing thread, closing up the cat.
This embroidery project was taken from Embroidered Home by Kelly Fetcher, Kyle Books, R465