For the month of May, T'onna from Navy Wifey Peters Aboard the USS Crafty made lovely burlap Christmas Mug Rugs for gift giving. These cuties brought back memories of a cute cat coaster I remember seeing online. While mug rugs are usually quilted, mitered, and larger than coasters, I was still inspired from T'onna's adorable creations to make this charming felt Cat Hug Mug Coaster.
- Cat body template
- Felt - gray/white
- Needle/embroidery thread
- Beads (eyes)
To get started, I created a pattern to save to Word, print, and cut-out.
Next, put the paper pattern pieces directly on the felt and cut out instead of tracing and cutting out - thus saving a step!
Then match the two body pieces together (wrong sides together). Start a blanket stitch (a decorative hand stitch to finish the unfinished edges)just before adding the paws to the body, so you can include them in the blanket stitch when getting to those areas.
Continue blanket stitching around the entire cat body and tail until reaching the previous starting point.
Next, take the right side of one head and hand baste the ears on . . .
and then the mouth.
Take the other head and match to the first. Begin blanket stitching the two together, leaving an opening to add poly-fil. Push enough filing inside to plump up the head and ears.
Blanket stitch the opening close.
Stitch the bottom edge of the head between the front legs and center edge of the body so that the head will sit upright and hugging when a mug is placed on top.
And finally, using a different thread, stitch on whiskers and beads for eyes.
Your cat hug mug coaster is now complete! So easy!!!!
Make several for gift giving and then enjoy using your cat hug mug coaster!
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Happy Holiday Crafting!