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Sew a Christmas Cat: An Easy Sewing Project for Beginners

These simple softies make an easy sewing project for beginners. My four-year-old started making them yesterday. So far she has made seven!

Adorable felt toys to sew at Christmas time.

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Sew a Christmas Cat

Every Monday morning, my three oldest children go off to school. That’s the sign for my youngest daughter, Anna, to go into project mode. Every Monday, this girl is a craftaholic! We paint wood, draw pictures, and make things out of cardboard.

Yesterday, Anna wanted to sew a Christmas Cat. This was inspired by the book, The Christmas Day Kitten. Anna made her kitten white because then it looks like snow. But she used pink thread because she loves pink.

Simple Softies for Kids to Sew (Beginner Sewing Project)

Her Christmas Cat completed, Anna decided to sew cats in more colors, as well as dogs and butterflies. We came up with some very simple sewing patterns (see below, if you’d like them for yourself). Anna picked out colors of felt and thread, and spent the morning sewing up a storm.

These simple softies make an easy sewing project for beginners. My four-year-old started making them yesterday. So far she has made seven!

How to Sew Simple Felt Toys with Kids

You don’t need any fancy materials to make this easy sewing project for beginners. Here are the materials we used.

Materials

Even preschoolers can sew simple toys with these instructions!

Anna hasn’t done much sewing, so we kept this sewing project simple. I cut out the pieces for her, and used Clover Wonder clips to hold the edges in place. Anna used a whipstitch to work her way around the edges.

Kids love making their own toys! This simple sewing project is a great place to start.

She left a section open at the bottom to stuff.

A simple softie sewing project for beginners.
Simple toys young children can make themselves.

Then she stitched the animals shut after stuffing.

Finally, she used an Ultra Fine Sharpie pen to add a face. She also signed her name on the back of each animal.

Simple toys to sew.

Would you like to make these with your child? Download the pattern!

More Sewing Projects for All Ages

I created this post as part of the Sew a Softie for Christmas campaign. Want to keep sewing with your kids? You can find the rest of my sewing tutorials here – I have something for everyone! Tag me on Instagram or share a photo on my Facebook page if you make one of these softies with your kids!

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

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