Ithaca Kitty Loves Teachers - Sew Your Own
In the late 1800’s a much beloved local pet, Caesar Grimalkin, was immortalized as a stuffed children’s toy known as the Ithaca Kitty. The Ithaca Kitty was first made by the owner’s sister, but soon was being sold across the United States and Europe in a “Make Your Own Ithaca Kitty Sewing Kit.” The History Center in Tompkins County has re-created the original Ithaca Kitty design from the 1890's, with a re-printing that includes the seven toes Caesar had on each of his front paws (this is known as polydactylism, and is a common recessive gene in local housecats).
History Center staff will help participants sew their own Ithaca Kitty to take back to their classrooms and homes. Prior sewing skills are not necessary although useful. This program will include machine sewing, hand sewing, and cutting with supervision and help from staff. Total construction of the Ithaca Kitty is expected to take 1 1/2 hours. Due to limited number of sewing machines start time will be staggered in 1/2 hour increments for the first two hours of the program.
Pre-registration is mandatory as space for this program is limited. The discounted cost for this event covers the cost of materials. Registration for this event is limited to registered participants of Ithaca Loves Teachers Winter Recess programming.
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Inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture
Ithaca, NY 14850
|Materials - Ithaca Kitty Sew Your Own||$ 20.00|