How to Make a Stuffed Cat

Making a stuffed cat is a fun and simple sewing project. This particular cat uses an old towel to simulate the appearance of fur on the stuffed cat. This cat is a precious stuffed animal that children and adults alike will love. This simple pattern is easy to make, and the entire cat should take less than four hours to finish. As long as you can operate a sewing machine, then you can easily make this stuffed cat.

Print the cat patterns, or create your own. Make a piece for the body, tail and head. Add a quarter of an inch around all pattern edges for a seam allowance. Cut out the pattern pieces.

Cut the seams off of an old towel. If the towel is made of two different pieces, take the pieces apart and use one piece only. Lay the towel on a flat surface so that the fluffiest side faces down.

Pin the pattern pieces to the towel, and cut them out with scissors.

Sew the two smaller pieces of the face together using the sewing machine. Open up the seam, and sew the outside edges of the face to the back pieces. Leave about one inch open to stuff the head. The three pieces give the head depth so that the cat head looks realistic. The smaller pieces make up the front of the cat's face.

Sew the body pieces together, leaving one inch on the cat's belly open for stuffing. Leave a small section open near the cat's bottom to allow for tail placement. Sew the tail pieces together. Turn all pieces right side out.

Stuff all of the pieces. Use as much filling as will fit inside the body. Hand sew the openings closed. Sew the tail to the opening in the body for the tail.

Use the thick embroidery thread to make a nose, mouth and whiskers on the cat's face. Sew buttons or eyes onto the head to complete the face.

Sew the head to the body with firm stitches. Use a lot of thread so that the head does not fall off when played with or held tightly.

Things You'll Need

  • Body pattern ( and
  • Old towel
  • Straight pins
  • Polyester stuffing
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Glass eyes or buttons
  • Thick embroidery thread
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About the Author

Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.