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What a Head Start on Christmas? These Crazy Cats Are Easy to Sew

Magazine article Sunset

What a Head Start on Christmas? These Crazy Cats Are Easy to Sew

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Our independent friend, the cat, has movable joints, a hand-embroidered smile, and a bit of a zany streak in this stylized incarnation. Durable polyester stuffing keeps the felt creature firm, however much it's tossed and tumbled. An investment of about $10 and 4 to 5 hours can produce this individualistic pet. What you'll need to make a cat

Materials include: wrapping paper or 1-inch pattern paper; 1/4 yard of thick, 72-inch-wide felt, preferably with a high wool content; a 1-pound bag of polyester fiberfill; two skeins of embroidery thread (use the full six-ply thickness) in a color that contrasts with the felt; an embroidery needle and a 5- to 5-1/2-inch-long (130mm) needle; two matching 3/4-inch buttons for eyes; four size 36, 7/8-inch button forms to cover with felt (or uncovered buttons with large shanks); dental floss.

On a piece of paper of least 16 by 20 inches, draw a grid of 2-inch squares and copy the pattern below. Pin the pattern pieces to the felt and carefully cut out. Sewing and stuffing the pieces

Using the blanket-stitch, tightly sew the felt pieces together with embroidery thread. Stitches should be about 1/8 inch deep and not more than 1/4 inch apart.

Sew the tail pieces together, then the arms. About 3 inches short of completing each appendage, pack as much stuffing as possible into the opening, then continue stitching (and stuffing) until closed.

To make each leg, start stitching leg pieces together the long distance between E and F. Stuff the leg to the ankle. Matching point F on the leg to F on a foot pad, stitch the pad to the leg. Stuff the foot just before you stitch cavity closed.

Join the center back seam from C to D and the center front seam from A to D. …

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