Introduction: How to Make Your Own Cat Plushie
Ever wanted to make your own kitty friend to bring along to your adventures and where ever you go?
Well now you can! Here is a fun, yet simple project to make your very own feline friend!
For this project, you will need the following:
- Fabric (Of any color; for this project I used pink)
- Black and White felt
- Thread (Black, White, and a color that matches your fabric)
- Cotton Balls
- Safety Pins
- Sewing Pins
- Pencil (For outlining)
- Black and White charcoal (For outlining)
With your fabric, fold it in half and turn it inside out. Using white charcoal, draw an outline for the head.
After drawing the design, attach a safety pin on each ear and another near the lower portion of the head. Cut out the outline.
Starting from the bottom side of the head cutout, sew around the cutout, leaving a two inch opening at the bottom to flip the cutout inside out and make room for stuffing.
After sewing, flip the head cutout inside out. Begin stuffing by stuffing the ears with pieces of cotton ball (to make them more rigid). After stuffing the ears, begin stuffing the head with Poly-Fil. Once the head cut out is filled, sew the opening of the head closed.
With white felt and a pencil, draw a circle for the eye and cut out with scissors. Place the cut out of the circle on top of another piece of white felt and secure with a safety pin, cutting around the circle to make another eye.
With black felt and a piece of white charcoal, draw a smaller circle for the pupil and cut out. Perform the same steps for the pupils as the eyes, except use the sewing pins to secure the smaller circle instead to cut around.
Place the pupils onto the "eyes" and with black thread, sew on the pupils. After sewing the pupils onto each eye, position an eye on each side of the head. To ensure the eyes stay in place, secure with a couple of sewing pins and begin sewing the eye onto the head using white thread.
After completing the head, use the other half of your fabric to draw a body outline. You may make the limbs as long or short as you like.
To ensure that both sides of the fabric are even after cutting out, secure each limb with a safety pin. Begin cutting out the outline. Once the outline is cut out and starting on the upper part an arm, sew all around the body, leaving an opening at the top of at least 2 inches.
Turn the body outline inside out and as with the ears of the head, you may first stuff the limbs of the body with cotton ball to make more rigid. Proceed to fill the rest of the body with Poly-Fil. Make sure to not completely fill up to the top part and to leave a bit of the flap, as you will sew its "neck" onto the head.
Position the head onto the neck flap, and if needed, secure in place with sewing pins and sew on the head.
Almost complete! This step is completely optional, though if preferred, you may use ribbon ( of about 16 inches or so) to wrap around its neck and make a bow/collar for your plushie.
And tada! You have now created your very own friend!
As some of you may have noticed, I chose not to make it a tail...makes it easier to have the plush accompany you and fit snugly into your backpacks,purses,pockets, etc. :)