Who can resist a something so cute?
So I am here to save you, and show you how! I got this pattern from Wee Wonderfuls. It is actually a free pattern that you can download off Hilary's site:
So, after reading through all the lovely instructions, I decided I wanted to make my Kitty a bit larger, but by all means keep it easy and just print her pattern if you like. All I did was bring it into my computer and I uniformly made it about 25% bigger (I bought 1/2 a yard of fabric to supplement this change). After that, I cut out my pattern!
Then I pinned the pattern to my fabric, per the instructions (doubling my fabric over). These where my fabric choices (I chose to make the belly a different pattern for fun)
Then I cut out the fabric, and followed further instructions as to sewing the little beautiful together. Needless to say I made a dummy kitty first, which didn't turn out too hot, then I made a second as seen headlessly standing proud in the foreground of this next photo...
When it came time to stuff, I made the mistake of not packing that little bugger to the brim with stuffing the first time. The second one I stuffed, and I mean STUFFED the living daylights out of the kitty and it was much better. I used a knitting needle to stuff the skinny parts. (Just try not to snicker as you read this and try not to break any seams!).
Then I assembled the head and before attaching the head to the body, I hand-sewed on the felt stripes on both the head and the body... (I picked a real nice contrasting color to the pink).
Then I sewed on the eyes and nose which I chose to cut out of felt because buttons are a no no if you actually plan to let your little one play with this toy. Choking hazard!
Feeling like Jack Skelington's girlfriend in the Nightmare Before Christmas, I somehow managed to sew up all the open holes and get the head on. It looked good, but I thought for cuteness sake I'd add a bow around it's neck, but again, if you're going to give it to your child: A: Really sew that head on, and B: Lose the ribbon, we don't need any choking, again.
And there you go! A cute, cuddly, home-made plush toy for either baby, or bragging shelf!