I came across a pretty bland-looking pj top at the thrift store and at first glace didn't think much of it. But my little girl thought it was 'pretty!' so I decided to buy it for her. Originally I had decided to try and make a skirt for her, but after ripping 80% of the shirt apart I decided to try and make a dress. I used the collar to make the sleeves, and the purple bias tape was sitting in my fabric stash, so the final cost for her 'pretty for me!' dress was 35 cents.
Thanks to everyone who took a peek at the kitties, I do appreciate it!
The 'pattern' I use is pretty much the same for any ol' sock monkey, but I do change up the ears and muzzle. If I remember I sometimes throw in a few darts to shape the neck. I'm finishing up a new round of cats soon, so I should be able to post a mini-tutorial on the ears and face when I start on the next batch. (I usually do them in bunches-machine stich 4-5 at a time and cute apart, sew limbs/tails on, etc.)
For whiskers, I use carpet or uphosltery thread-I put them in right before I finish sewing the muzzle onto the body. Just tie it off, pull it through from the inside out and cut to length. It's pretty durable and stands up nicely without being too stiff.
I use 'Cluster Stuff' to stuff them with, it looks like little balls of polyfill and I've been really happy with the results. I was using Airtex filling for a while but everyone around my area stopped selling it. (And to make it worth the shipping I'd have to buy 7-8 boxes of the stuff online.) It took a little bit to get used to, but it's very forgiving and easy to make smooth when stuffing limbs.
This is such a simple question but it's driving me nuts. I'm trying to make eyelids for a sock cat, does anyone have any suggestions? They always seem to slip off of the eye as I try to fasten it and won't stay still. I don't know if it's the material, or me. It's probably me, now that I think of it...