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Learn to make a cat inspired purse with this Cricut Maker tutorial. Cut out the DIY cat purse pattern pieces with the Cricut Maker and then I’ll teach you how to sew it up!
Sometimes I get lost in all the pretty sewing patterns in Design Space. There’s so many sewing projects I want to make, but I just don’t have enough time. I love not having to print a pattern to start a project!
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My daughters love everything kitty and carrying things in a bag right now, so I knew they would just love a cat purse. With the precise cutting of the and the washable markings of the Cricut Maker, I knew this project would be easy to create for them. If you want to cut out clothing you can always make boy’s swim trunks with the Cricut Maker!
I have always loved animal themed sewing projects. I love bear backpacks, cat purses, elephant shirts, mouse socks, and monster pants. It’s fun to make kids’ clothing just a little extra special like a purse that looks like a cat!
I chose to cut all my fabric and interfacing pieces separately, but I could’ve cut multiple layers of quilting cotton with the Cricut Maker at one time. Also, if I would have interfaced all my fabrics first, then I could’ve cut it all out on any of the Cricut Explore machines!
- Cricut Maker*
- Mouse Pouch Pattern in Design Space
- Pink and blue outer quilting cotton fabric*
- Lining quilting cotton fabric
- medium interfacing and heavy interfacing
- Fabric grip mat*
- Fabric cutting tools*
- Washable fabric marker*
- Sewing tools
- 14 inch zipper
- Black embroidery floss
- 2 black buttons or Kam snaps
- Optional: Small piece of leather
DIY Cat Purse with the Cricut Maker
1- Use the Cricut Maker to cut out all the pattern pieces. You can cut out multiple layers of fabric with the Cricut Maker and the first video shows you how to create the ears and strap pieces.
2- Interface all the pieces with the cut interfacing.
3- Gather all the pieces with all the markings.
4- Pin the pink and blue ears right sides together. Sew them together with a 1/4″ seam allowance but leave a hole along the bottom for turning.
5- With fabric scissors trim the corners.
6- Turn the ears right side out and poke out the corners. Press the ears flat tucking in the seam allowance of the hole.
7- Edgestitch around the edge of the ear.
8- Sew buttons onto the eye markings OR add Kam snaps for the eyes. Pin your ears on for ear markings. My ears are actually pinned on upside down. They should point up to the curve.
9- Fold the straps longwise right sides together and sew the long edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
10- Turn the straps right side out.
11- Edgestitch along each long side of the straps.
12- Pin the straps onto the outer fabric one inch from the marked center line.
13- Open the zipper and clip 1/8″ clips along the zipper tape every 1/2″. Pin the right side of the zipper to the right side of the curved edge. The bottom of the zipper should be on the side of the face.
14- Pin the right side of the zipper to the right side of other of the curve. Change your sewing machine foot, and baste the zipper tape to the fabric.
15- Lay the lining piece right sides together onto the outer fabric and zipper. Match up the curved sides and the center lines. Pin the lining to the zipper and outer fabric. With a regular stitch and the zipper foot, sew the three layers together. The zipper foot should line up right next to the zipper.
16- Notch the seam allowance of the curve edges. I had to use my fabric scissors to notch the straps, but I used my pinking shears for the rest of the seam allowance. Trim the edges of the zipper off. Turn the bag right side out through a hole at the bottom of the zipper.
17- Since you cut through the bottom of the zipper you need to prevent the zipper pull from coming off. Safety pin the zipper pull to the fabric.
18- Cut four four inch pieces of black embroidery floss. Tie them together in a knot and tie a knot at the end of each. Sew the knot onto the nose at the center nose mark.
19- With right sides together sew the noses together at 1/4″ seam allowance, but keep the whiskers out of the seam. Notch the seam allowances.
20- Turn the nose right side out.
21- Pin the nose onto the bag at the nose marking. The nose will cover the zipper. Make sure the whiskers still poke out the sides.
22- Whipstitch the nose onto the bag.
23- Box out the corners and pin. There will lots of layers to sew through.
24- Sew each boxed corner with a straight seam at 1/2″. Then zigzag the raw edges to finish them.
25- Rinse the bag to wash out all the marker markings. Let the bag dry.
26- Tie a piece of pink leather to the zipper pull to look like a tail and make zipping easier.
If you make something using this tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!