Redwork Cat Ornament

By  Chris Malone 

size: 4-1/2" square


  • Fabric: white solid, 8” square; red print, 5”x10”
  • Fleece, 5” square
  • Red embroidery floss
  • Red glass seed beads, size 11/0, six
  • Red wire-edged ribbon, 5/8”, 16”


  • Small embroidery hoop and needle
  • Beading or quilting needle
  • Red sewing thread
  • No-fray solution
  • Iron and pressing board

Pattern - Redwork Cat Ornament

  • 1. Print and cut out pattern. Transfer pattern to center of white solid fabric square. Place fabric inside embroidery hoop.
  • 2. Use two strands floss to backstitch pattern lines for everything except stripes and whiskers, which are sewn with one strand. Use two strands floss to make French knots for eyes and nose.
  • 3. Use beading or quilting needle and red thread to sew beads to ornament.
  • 4. Remove fabric from hoop and trim to 3-1/2" square with embroidery in center.
  • 5. From red fabric, cut two 1-1/4"x3-1/2" strips and two 1-1/4"x5" strips for border and 5" square for backing.
  • 6. Sew shorter strips to sides of embroidered square; press seams outward. Sew longer strips to top and bottom; press seams outward.
  • 7. Place ornament front and back together, right sides facing, and pin to fleece. Sew all around, leaving 2-1/2" opening at bottom. Clip corners; trim fleece close to seam. Fold in seam allowance on opening; slip stitch closed.
  • 8. Use one strand floss to hand quilt around embroidered block, close to border seam. Using two strands floss, take a tiny stitch at top of ornament hanger on tail, leaving ends free on top. Tie ends in small bow, trim, and apply a dot of no-fray solution to center of bow and to ends. Tie satin ribbon in small bow, trim ends, and tack or glue to neck.
  • 9. For hanger, tie knot 2-1/2" from each end of wire-edged ribbon. Tack knots to front top corners of ornament; trim ends in "V".
  • Note
  • 1. All seams are 1/4" with right sides together. When pressing embroidered piece, place right-side-down on terry towel to avoid flattening stitches.