Create your own litter of Pet Friends with this beginner friendly pattern and tutorial from Below the Kōwhai.
In this pattern you’ll find six furry friends that are often found around the home. You will have your choice of a Cat, Dog, Horse, Lopsy Bunny, Mouse and Rabbit… or make a whole litter! They make the perfect companion for the little child in your life, providing endless hours of collecting treasure, going on adventures and role playing with their new Pet.
You will be guided step by step through the process to create your own Little Pet Friends Bag including embroidery detailing and unique animal details for each pattern. 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 pattern and it’s 6 Pet Friends from Below the Kōwhai and look out for more wild animal friends in the future!
Features of the Little Pet Friends Bag:
- 6 unique pet friends to choose from
- Cat, dog, horse, lopsy bunny, mouse and rabbit.
- Embroidered pet detailing and ears
- Children’s sizes 1-10
- Fully lined, box bottom bag with flap
- Velcro closure
- Twill tape strap (or heading, herringbone, webbing tape)
- PDF includes: A4/Letter format for you to print at home
- Full tutorial, photos and support to help you create this bag
The Little Pet 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 animal details together with the embroidered 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, quilting cotton 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.
Small length of wool for the horse mane.
(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 pattern and tutorial 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 10 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 Pet Friends 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
Because this is a digital product and can be saved to your computer, I am not able to offer returns on any purchase, unless at some fault of my own. So, please choose carefully and make sure you are purchasing the correct pattern!
In lieu of returns 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.
Naomi Hilliam (verified owner) –
These bags are just the cutest. I’ve made two different animals so far, and definitely plan to make more! The instructions are clear and easy to follow and the finished product is super professional. My kids LOVE their bags and take them everywhere. Such a wonderful pattern
thefabricmamma (verified owner) –
My kids and I love these little bags! I’ve made two so far and am planning on making the flopsy eared bunny one next, just in time for easter! Super user friendly pattern with lots of adorable options!
kristiemonbaker (verified owner) –
SUCH a gorgeous pattern! I was a little apprehensive as I had never done any embroidery before, but the instructions are super clear and it’s such a beautiful and surprisingly quick sew! I’m so happy with how my daughter’s lopsy bunny turned out, my boys have now requested pups of their own! 🙂
lanacookie (verified owner) –
I made the cat bag for my daughter and it is beyond adorable, I want my own!! Will make the flopsy bunny next, and thinking of making some for presents. Clear easy instructions and a quick scrap busting sew.
Maria Doohan (verified owner) –
Thanks for a fun and addictive pattern, so simple too
Angela (verified owner) –
This is an absolutely lovely pattern with clear instructions. Even with the hand embroidery, it’s a quick, simple project that can be made with scraps and small cuts of fabric. My girl loves her bunny bag, and I’m sure that I will be making many more of these for gifts!
vjt (verified owner) –
This is such a good go to for a gift or quick make holiday bag. I even made one in the form of a ‘fidget’ bag for my Mother in Law with dementia. Such a great pattern!
Bryony Puketapu (verified owner) –
This pattern is so adorably sweet. Then instructions are foolproof and easy to modify for the kids who are VERY particular about their animals
Janet Urquhart (verified owner) –
Super cute results from a clear, easy-to-follow tutorial that includes plenty of helpful photos and diagrams. A really nice way to use any small amounts of fabric left over from other projects.
I made the lopsy bunny and the cat and was very happy with both!
Betty Ackerman (verified owner) –
Easy to follow! Glad I still have a cm ruler! I made the Kitty one and I’m sure my granddaughter will love it!
Suzanne Ross (verified owner) –
I have just made my first bag from this pattern (the lopsy bunny version) – it is super cute and I’m sure the birthday girl receiving it will love it! Thank you for such a gorgeous pattern with a clear, easy to follow tutorial 🙂
Deborah Riddler (verified owner) –
This is without a doubt my favourite pattern to sew. It comes together so quickly and looks so good when it’s done. The tutorial is clear and very easy to follow. These sweet bags are so perfect to whip up for birthday presents, and they only use a small amount of fabric. Love them!
Hanna Lin (verified owner) –
Bought this set after trying out the free Cat Bag which was such an easy sew. Great for gifts, easy to customise with this set and it’s something ‘homemade’.
Embroidery was much easier than I thought too 🙂
Dulce Hernandez (verified owner) –
Love this cute bag pattern. It started off with the free cat pattern and I needed to buy this pattern to make all the other cute animals. So far I’ve just made the bunny cause those ears are just too cute. Definitely recommend !! instructions are very clear and easy to understand.
Katie Peat (verified owner) –
These adorable little bags are super cute, very easy to sew with lovely clear instructions, and they make perfect gifts for little friends. I love that they require so little fabric, and I’ll be making many more of these with leftovers from other makes!