Draw a paper pattern for the cat's body in the shape of a long oval with a flat bottom. The chest pattern is moustache shaped at the top, wine glass shaped in the middle, with a round bottom. The chest is half the length and one inch less the width of the cat's body. Make a pattern for the face shaped like a sleeping mask but one inch wider than the chest pattern. Draw a tail tip pattern the width of the tail that looks like an egg broken in half with jagged edges. Draw a pattern for the tail and ears.
Using the patterns you just made, cut two cat bodies for front and back. They should include one face, two cat ears, one tail from the black felt. Cut one chest piece, two cat ears, and one tail tip from the white felt.
Pin the chest piece in place on the front cat leaving enough room for the cat face piece. Using black thread blanket stitch both sides and around the bottom of the chest piece but not across the top. Pin the face piece in place over the chest piece. Using black thread, blanket stitch the curved bottom of the face and use a running stitch to secure the top of the face to the body. Stem stitch the cat whiskers, satin stitch the cat nose, and sew on two white buttons with green thread for eyes on the face. Stem stitch the mouth with black thread on the top chest piece. Running stitch, with white thread, three swirl designs below the chest piece.
Use a blanket stitch to make a pair of ears using one white and one black piece for each ear. Place and pin ears with white sides down and the ear bottoms flush with the edge of the cat's head. When positioned correctly the ears will cover the button eyes. Baste in place.
Sew the white tail tip to the end of the black tail using white thread and a running stitch. Position the tail on the back body piece and pin in place. Use white threat to blanket stitch both sides and the tip of the tail. Do not blanket stitch the flat base of the tail.
With right sides facing each other, pin the front and back cat bodies together. Leave a 2 ½ inch opening on the side of the cat for turning and stuffing. Sew the sides and cat's head together using small hand stitches or use a sewing machine and a ¼ inch seam allowance. Do not sew the bottom of the bodies together. Using the cat body pattern, draw a slightly oval shaped circle (starting from the top seam allowance) to create the base, and cut this piece from black felt. Fold the circle in half long ways to mark the middle with a pin on each side. This mark will be matched to your cat body side seams. With right sides still together, pin the base in place and stitch. Turn the cat right side out. Fill the bottom of the cat with beans and tightly stuff the rest of the cat body with polyfil. Pin the fill opening together and blind stitch closed.
All patterns have a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
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- All patterns have a 1/4 inch seam allowance.