Growing up in Japan, Studio Ghibli’s movie, Kiki’s Delivery Service was my absolute favourite. I even had a haircut just like Kiki, and of course, I wished that I had a talking cat like Jiji! As part of Sew Geeky’s Ghibli Episode, I’ve decided to make a cute little cat purse inspired by Jiji. I managed to put this project together using only the fabric in my stash – don’t you love it when that happens? The beauty of small projects like purses is that you really don’t need much fabric at all. The best part of this project though, was the trip down memory lane to when I ran around the house with a broom, pretending to fly like Kiki!
You will need
- Jiji cat purse free sewing pattern
- Black fleece
- White or cream fleece (for eyes)
- Pale purple cotton fabric (for ears)
- Other cotton fabric (for lining)
- Dark fusible interfacing – medium weight
- Iron-on applique contact sheet
- Black zipper (15cm or 6″)
Download the sewing pattern from the Free Sewing Patterns page. Print it on US Letter or A4 paper, ensuring you don’t choose “Fit to Size” on your printer. Check that the test square is the correct size.
Cut the fabric to make Jiji’s head. You need to add seam allowance (see diagram below) to the following pieces:
- Front Head (cut 1 each from black fleece and interfacing)
- Front Head without ears (cut 1 from lining fabric)
- Upper Back Head (cut 1 each from black fleece and interfacing)
- Upper Back Head without ears (cut 1 from lining fabric)
- Lower Back Head (cut 1 each from black fleece, lining fabric and interfacing)
Attach the eyes and ears to the head with an iron-on applique contact sheet. Using the zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine, go over the outline of each piece. Hand stitch the nose with pink embroidery thread.
Make the purse lining. Press the seam allowance for the zipper opening, and stitch each end to meet either side of the zipper. Right sides facing, stitch the front and back pieces of the lining together.
You could add a little handle, or shoulder straps to make this purse into a handbag for a little girl. I’m using my Jiji purse for travel, as a nice soft bag to store my jewellery. I hope this project brings out your inner Kiki too! xx
Click each picture below to check out the stars of this episode of Sew Geeky!