My son wanted "The Cat from Outer Space" as the theme for his 6th birthday party so of course I had to make him "Jake," the cat/star of the movie. (for those who are unfamiliar with it, it's a 1978 Disney movie. My husband had fond memories of it, and our son has been obsessed with it since we watched it this summer).
I found a free pattern for a sitting kitten http://dollmaker.nunodoll.com/cat/ragdoll.html
by Runo Dollmaker, but that seemed too small and squat, so I enlarged the pattern in Photoshop so it was 150 percent taller. I think I could've gone with a bit less height since the end result is sort of oddly stretched out, but I was just glad all the pieces still fit together fairly well after I tinkered with the pattern. This was my first experience using plastic stuffed animal eyes (hence the crooked placement) and my first jointed stuffed animal (the head swivels).
More pictures, including the spaceship cake my husband made, on my blog.