It’s Raining Cats & Dogs Embroidery Pattern

June 29, 2012Allison Murray


For the life of me I cannot remember the name of the movie I was watching, nor any of the actors in it. It was a movie about a boy and a girl who were dancers on a TV show that was failing to make adequate ratings. When the boy is taking the girl home, it is raining. She shouts out the door – “It’s raining cats and dogs… Don’t step in the poodles!”


I thought that was just about the cutest thing ever and started working on turning that phrase into an embroidery pattern. It may be well known, but I had never heard it before. Hope it brings a smile to your face too! Here is your free pattern so you can get stitchy this weekend!

Comments (6)

  • Abby

    July 9, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    Hello! I just started embroidery so don't tease me about my silly questions :) My question is how do you use an embroidery pattern without tracing the entire pattern onto the cloth? Or is that the only way? That's how I'm currently doing it and it takes a while, so I was wondering if there was another way? Super cute pattern, by the way! :)

  • Allison Murray

    July 10, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Hey Abby! It's really not a silly question! I was lucky that my mother and grandmother veritable encyclopedias of embroidery/sewing knowledge. It's hard to figure out all of this stuff on your own!
    While you can trace the pattern directly onto the cloth, I have found that what is easiest for me is to make an iron on transfer. I print out the pattern as I want it to appear and then, using a red iron on transfer pencil you can get from any big box or craft store, I fully trace the pattern on the back side of the printed sheet. Then, I place the transfer I have made onto my fabric (which I can easily place since the pattern as it will be is on the front of the paper) and set it with a hot iron. The great thing is the pink will wash away.
    If you aren't so concerned about whether the lines wash away or not, you can print the pattern, flipped (or the mirror image as you would like for it to appear) on a regular old copier that uses one of those big drums of powdered toner. Be sure to cut away anything, like the name of the pattern, away from your sheet. Use a hot iron to set the toner onto your fabric to embroider!
    Hope that helps, but let me know if it doesn't!

  • Paula

    June 13, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    How can I down load this pattern? It is not working for me.

  • Allison Murray

    June 13, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Hey, Paula when you click on the link at the very end it should open a new window with the printable file in it.

  • Theresa

    June 21, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    After you trace your pattern, use a pencil to trace it on the other side. Lay it on your fabric and pin it. Rub a nickel on the lines and the pencil will transfer to your fabric.

  • Allison Murray

    June 22, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    That is brilliant, Theresa. I will definitely give that a go!!

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