Halloween Cat Clothes Pin

Make one for yourself to wear on a jacket or shirt when trick-or-treaters come to call.


What You Need:

+ enlarge image You could say this easy-to-make pin is the cat's meow.
  • 4-inch square of felted black wool for applique foundation
  • 4-1/2-inch square of felted brown tweed wool for pin backing and trim
  • Scraps of felted gray tweed and orange wool for appliques
  • Perle cotton or wool thread: black and orange
  • 1-inch metal pin back
  • Freezer paper
  • Finished pin: About 3-1/4 x 3-1/2-inch

Instructions:

1. Download the free patterns for this project (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software).

Cat patterns

Adobe Acrobat

2. To felt wool, machine-wash it in a hot-water-wash, cool-rinse cycle with a small amount of detergent; machine-dry and steam-press. If you use wool from a piece of clothing, cut clothing apart and remove seams so the wool can shrink freely.

3. To use freezer paper for cutting the applique shapes, complete the following steps.

4. Lay the freezer paper, shiny side down, over the patterns. With a pencil, trace each pattern the correct number of times. Cut out the freezer-paper shapes.

5. Using a hot, dry iron, press the freezer paper shapes, shiny side down, onto the designated fabrics; let cool. Cut out the fabric shapes on the drawn lines. Peel off the freezer paper.

  • From black wool, cut: 1 of Pattern A.
  • From brown tweed, cut 1 of Pattern A
  • 1-1/2 x 3-inch rectangle for bow
  • From grey tweed, cut: 2 of Pattern B
  • From orange wool, cut: 1 of Pattern C

1. Referring to the Applique Placement Diagram, position the eyes and nose on the black cat face; baste in place. Use black perle cotton to blanket-stitch each eye in place.

2. Use the black perle cotton to make a French knot in the center of each eye.

3. Use the orange perle cotton to blanket-stitch the nose in place and to straight-stitch whisker and ear markings.

Complete the Pin

1. Layer the appliqued cat face and the brown tweed cat with wrong sides together; baste. Using orange perle cotton, blanket-stitch through both layers around the cat face.

2. Tie a knot in the center of the brown tweed 1/2 x 3-inch rectangle to make a bow; tack in place.

3. Secure the pin back to the back of the cat face to complete the pin.

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