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Free Cat Embroidery Pattern

Sly Cat - a free embroidery pattern from Shiny Happy World

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Here’s a free cat embroidery pattern for you to play with!

My daughter has been drawing cat faces all over the place.

It’s her new favorite doodle.

She drew one recently in chalk on a slate stone in our yard and I loved the effect – so that’s what I was going for with this simple line drawing.

The image is just under 6 inches square. It would be cute on a tote bag or T-shirt – or a towel. It also fits perfectly into a 7″ hoop.

This is a great pattern for beginners. You only need one stitch and there’s nothing too fussy or detailed about it.

I stitched it in a pale (chalky) color on a dark background and with a slightly thicker thread than I usually use.

Here’s how to do it. . .

Download the pattern here.

Transfer the pattern to your fabric. I always use Sulky Sticky Fabri-solvy to transfer all my patterns – it’s especially awesome for dark fabrics like this. You can see it in action here.

(If you use an iron-on transfer method, remember that you’ll need to reverse that pattern image.)

Stitch your design. I used backstitch for all the stitching, and a full 6 strands of DMC #519 on a dark grey fabric.

Soak out the stabilizer and iron it dry.

Finish it up however you like! You can use this free cat embroidery pattern on a T-shirt, tote bag, pillow cover, and more.

Happy stitching!


  1. That is the most adorable kitty I have seen in quite a while! Thank you!

  2. Very very cute and I love the way your handling the “free” patterns also. While we all love free, making a living and eating are necessities in life and I totally agree that if anyone feels inclined to contribute, it’s at their discretion. thanks for making these available to us

  3. Thanks Robin! And thanks for your thoughtful comments about how I’ve decided to handle the “free” patterns. I’ll probably continue to tweak things over the next few months as I fugure out a balance between “free” and “for sale” that works for me AND for all of you. I appreciate your patience – and your support.

  4. What a cool and cute cat. Thank you!

  5. You’re very welcome! And thank YOU!

  6. Anonymous SAYS...

    So fabulous… I stitched this and then I bought your book! I feel some stitching coming on! Thank you .