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« on: September 20, 2010 06:22:30 AM »

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.
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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2010 07:57:40 AM »

He's gorgeous, and is the spit of one of mine! Well done - and those eyes are a nightmare, I avoid them whenever possible Wink
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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2010 08:23:05 AM »

He's great! Cheesy What an awesome gift! What did you use for his collar? It looks so much like the one from the movie. (Loved this movie when I was a kid!)
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« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2010 09:06:24 AM »

Thanks! The collar is made from vinyl tubing for plumbing from Home Depot filled with clear pony beads from the craft store. VERY easy. I used a wooden skewer to make it easier to insert the beads into the tube. To attach the ends of the tubing together, cut a small piece of slightly larger tubing and stick the ends of the collar in it. (for example, if your collar tubing has an outside diameter of 1/2", use a small piece of tubing with an INSIDE diameter of 1/2" to hold the ends together)
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« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2010 11:15:39 AM »

That's awesome!  Grin  I have the movie, too, and remember watching it when I was little. Is the collar detachable? I'd make another one with bright green pony beads for when he's using his powers Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2010 12:15:11 PM »

Yes, the collar is detachable if you really tug on the tubing, or you can squish his head and slide the collar off. I was trying to think of a way to make it glow, maybe by inserting a glow stick in the beads, but I ran out of time before the big birthday!
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« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2010 05:47:22 AM »

Very cute!
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« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2010 11:47:10 AM »

What an awesome gift! Well done, you! Grin
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« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2010 09:11:43 AM »

I love it!  It looks really life-like!  On another note, I also really like the t-shirts you made for the party.  And your husband did an awesome job on the cake!
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