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YOU WILL NEED

OK! An important note to begin with is that everything you make will need to fit inside your C6 envelope. It’s a good idea to check the little felt pouch fits nicely before you start sewing.

To make the felt envelope pouch:
Cut out a shape 155mm wide x 180mm long with regular scissors.
Lay felt flat, white side up and fold the spotty side over to 75mm, pin.
Then, with pinking shears cut zig zaged edges on both left and right of the pouch, being careful to make sure zig zags from both the back and front of the pouch match up (see example).
The back of the pouch should be 30mm higher than the front.
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Using the red felt, cut out a shape 15mm x 50 mm, then cut a triangle out of both ends in (see example)
Fold the red felt around the left side of the pouch Pin. (see example)
Hand or machine stitch both left and right sides of the pouch, stitching in the red felt.
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Making the invitation template
Cut out a shape 132mm wide x 98mm high out of white paper. Using the example below as a guide
from the top cut down, across and up to make the “cat head” shape. You may need to do this a few times until you
are happy with your cat head shape. MAKE SURE your template fits inside your felt pouch.
Lay your template over, a piece of thick paper and your spotty felt and loosely cut out a rectangle.
Then, carefully, with a good pair of scissors cut slowly around your template, cutting into both your felt and paper, you should now have a felt cat head and a paper cat head.
Cut out a piece of gross gran ribbon 80mm long.
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Position your wooden button eyes onto your felt cat head and stitch on. Stitch on whiskers and or mouth (see finished example)
Loop gross grain ribbon and carefully stitch all the way around the felt and paper heads joining them together
Choose some type out of your letter beads, it could be the word “party,” “fun”, children’s names, what ever takes your fancy.
Put your needle through the letter beads and stitch onto your felt pouch.
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If you don’t have time to stitch all the way around each invitation, make a paper cat head, i.e. instead of having a felt front cut out two pieces of paper, stitch on the eyes and a mouth them glue the 2 pieces of paper together with paper glue (looping the gross grain ribbon in between the papers) Put invites under some heavy books for a few hours so they dry straight and flat.
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Add party text to the back of your cat head. Design something in your sketch book first.
Make sure it is perfect, then use this as a template to carefully add text to the paper side of your cat head.
In my example I have used a white pen.
Or try designing your text onto the computer and lazer printing onto heavy card.
When cutting out your paper cat heads have your laser printed card ready, and cut out with your template
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