Last summer I lost a fox plushie that I've had since my youth, and it's been strangely hard to recover from the loss. I decided finally that I had to move on...and get another plushie. None of the stores had anything that felt right, so I ended up making my own.
I used this tutorial http://www.howjoyful.com/2010/05/howjoyful-bear-tutorial-and-pattern/
which can be really vague at times, but I managed to finish the bear without having to rip too many seams.