Create a Little Friend with this free pattern and tutorial from Below the Kōwhai!
The Little Friends Bag is the perfect companion for your little person and will make a great gift for others! However, be warned, if you make one you might have to make a whole litter!
You will be guided step by step through the process to create your own Little Friend Cat Bag including embroidery detailing and sweet pointy ears. If you’re new to these sewing skills you will be in safe hands, the instructions and included photos have been created with beginners in mind.
That’s what Below the Kōwhai patterns are all about – simple patterns with great instructions that have you sewing to the highest standard, no matter what your sewing level is.
Please enjoy this free pattern from Below the Kōwhai and look out for more animal friends in the future!
- Instant PDF download of pattern and full tutorial
- Children’s sizes 1-10
- Fully lined, box bottom bag with flap
- Embroidered Cat detailing and ears
- Velcro closure
- Twill tape strap (or heading, herringbone, webbing tape)
- Full tutorial, photos and support to help you create this bag
The Little Friends Bag has been designed with beginners in mind. In fact if you can sew in a straight line and find the zig zag stitch on your machine then this is for you!
You’ll love the sweet ears together with the embroidered cat face. You will find full instructions and an embroidery guide within the tutorial to take you step by step through the process. Give it a go and you will gain some new skills!
30-60 minutes Embroidery
30-60 minutes Sewing
As this is semi structured, interfaced and lined bag, look for light to medium weight fabrics that can be easily pressed to create nice edges rather than bulky fabrics which may be hard to sew through many layers.
Suggested Fabrics: Cottons, voile, lawn, linen and linen blends, chambray and light denims, and anything similar that catches your eye!
With this in mind, shop from your stash as you only need a small amount of fabric for this project!
Fabric and Notions Required:
Bag Main .25m (9.8”):
Medium weight fabrics: cotton, linen, quilting cotton, chambray etc.
Lining .25m (9.8”):
Light weight fabrics: cotton, poly cotton, voile, lawn etc.
Interfacing .25m (9.8”):
Iron on interfacing in a similar weight to your main fabric.
Small piece of wool or acrylic felt in a co-ordinating colour.
(also known as heading, twill, webbing or herringbone tape depending on your country)
2cm (0.7”) wide in the colour of your choice.
- Co-ordinating sewing thread.
- 1.5m (1.6 yard) x 6 strand embroidery cotton in black or co-ordinating colour.
- 3cm (2.5”) length x 2.5cm (1”) width sew-in velcro.
- Scissors, pins, needle.
- Optional small embroidery hoop (10-15cm). Because the fabric is interfaced you may find you don’t need a hoop to secure your fabric as you stitch which is why it is optional.
What You Get When You Purchase:
This is a free pattern in a PDF digital download. You will be taken through the website checkout and when completed you will receive the digital pattern and tutorial files in your email inbox.
Additionally, these downloads will also be available in the “My Downloads” section of this website when you are logged in. This is where the most updated version of your purchases will be. In the future I may revise this pattern and slightly alter it. If you’re sewing in the future, check back for the latest version.
The pattern is 4 pages long in black and white and can be printed on A4 or US Letter paper on your home computer and then assembled for use.
You will also receive a comprehensive tutorial with instructions, photos and tips to guide you in your sewing of this Little Friends Cat Bag. Please view this tutorial on your device or computer to save the trees!
What’s a PDF?
A digital document viewable in Mac Preview or Adobe Acrobat Reader. In brief, you will be able to save, view and print these documents an unlimited number of times. To learn more about PDF Digital Sewing Patterns, check out this handy blog post: Using PDF Digital Sewing Patterns.
Returns and Support
This is a free pattern! It has been thoroughly tested and I know you will love your finished product! In any event you feel you need additional help along the way I offer comprehensive online support to those who are sewing! You can contact me on Facebook, Instagram and email, and you can expect a prompt reply! I will endeavour to help you in any way I can.