Japanese Cat Dolls
45 – 60 min
Cats go Meow meow. White Cat meow, Black Cat meow, Striped Cat meow. There are other cats too: tabby cat, alley cat, calico cat… You can make your cat according to the neighborhood kitty you know.
Ask your campers to describe cats they have seen. What color are the cats? Do they have stripes or spots?
Cut out Pattern Pieces
Make the Face
Glue the eye whites on the pupils (Square 1).
Straight stitch the mouth with 6 strands of brown thread (Square 5).
Make the Head
Position the whiskers on the backside of the face and glue them on. Put the glue on the end points of the whiskers. Wait until the glue dries (Square 6)
Stuff the head with cotton.
Make the Body
Use 6 strands of thread to make two triple French knots on the clothing front (Square 8).
Inserting the arms and legs, overlock stitch them in, stuff with cotton, and sew shut with 1 thread of clothes colored thread (Square 9).
Finish the Kitty
Sew the head onto the clothes with 1 thread of face-colored thread. If desired, draw in the stripes with your colored pencil (Square 10 & 11).
Take it Further
Why not have campers make a pattern of an animal or monster of their own? Have them sketch it on paper first then make a simple pattern. Use the techniques above to sew the creature.
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