Fire up the glue gun and grab your felt and your scissors, because we’ve got an adorable felt craft for you today! These sweet little purses are a perfect craft for either kids or adults. There’s no sewing required, although you can stitch them together if you prefer. Print the patterns at the bottom of this post.
Each purse requires maybe $2 in materials and can be assembled quickly.
After four boys, it’s fun to have a girly girl. She loves purses, dolls, and stuffed cats. She also loves crafting. When I take the younger two boys to their cello lessons, she stays home with the oldest two boys. One of her favorite things while we’re gone is to do crafts with her 12 year old brother. He’s very good at crafting with her! One day when I returned home, they showed me a felt cat purse that he made for her. It was adorable, and provided the inspiration for this project.
In addition to my son, I also have to say a huge thanks to our babysitter who made these purses with me!
Start with One Basic Shape
The basic shape is the same for both purses, and then you get to decide if you want to turn it into an owl or a cat! You can print the felt craft patterns at the bottom of this page.
- Printable patterns – print down below
- Felt – you get to pick the colors
- Ribbon – ours is about 2/3 inch wide
- Hot glue OR a needle and thread
- Optional: white thread for the cat’s whiskers
- Optional: printed fabric for the owl’s belly
Cut out two of the body pieces. Then cut out stripes, ears, nose, and eyes for the cat. Cut out eyes, beak, wings, and belly for the owl.
We chose to glue on all of the felt pieces rather than sewing. Hot glue is the BEST crafting material ever, am I right? Tacky Glue also works well for felt, especially if you are working with younger kids. If you accidentally apply too much, it will dry without showing. Don’t ask me how I know that… ha ha…
Now, if you’d rather sew everything together, go for it! A blanket stitch would look good around the edges, or kids can use a basic stitch to go around the edge of the purse.
Use white thread to make the cat’s whiskers. Or draw them on with a white paint pen.
Glue (or sew) the ribbon to the back of the face before attaching the front and back of the purse.
The finished result is so sweet! The perfect size for carrying around a few treasures.
The ribbon is about 28 inches long, including the ends that are attached inside the purse. Janie likes to put the purse across her body, so we tested it on her and chose a good length.
Ready to print your pattern?
Keep in mind that this a hand-drawn pattern. It’s not perfect! Click the link below. The pattern will open, and you can print from there.
CLICK HERE: Felt Purse Patterns
Need more craft ideas?
Make some Perler Bead Necklaces – these are so much fun!