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« on: August 31, 2013 11:21:29 PM »

This is my first project over here on the Toys, Dolls & Playthings boards!

Over in the New Swap Ideas board, there's been talk of a Halloween stuffies swap.  When I was perusing the galleries for the previous rounds, I saw all of these AMAZING Halloween monster dolls, using the Ninni pattern from Revoluzzza.  Fast forward to today, when I was at the fabric store picking out fat quarters for an upcoming project, and I found this adorable cat  patterned fabric:

At first I had absolutely no idea what I would do with it, until it occurred to me that the Ninni monster pattern could easily be tweaked into a cat.  Perfect!

At first, things started off well.  I sewed on some old shirt buttons for eyes -- I really like the way the two stacked buttons make me think of the cats on the fabric!  I also tried stitching on a nose and mouth, and even though it was a bit messy, I was pleased overall with the way it looked.  After I foolishly ended up sewing on the felt collar with white embroidery floss, however, I ended up realizing it looked like a mouth full of monster teeth.   Undecided  So, ripped all that out and started again with a matching thread color.

Although the original pattern calls for almost everything to be machine sewn, I don't own a sewing machine (or know how to use one).  Seeing as everything was going to be sewn by hand, and that this was my first time sewing fabric (I've only worked with felt before), I knew it was going to be a bit messy.  Still, I was surprised at how much the fabric was fraying, especially on the tail (I guess this is why you machine sew on the backsides and then turn it inside-out -- so you can hide the fraying edges).

My partner had the bright idea to add a buckle to the collar.  He also reminded me that I didn't need to cut out a bell from felt, because I had leftover jingle bells in my stash from Christmas.  (How is it that he knows more about what supplies I have than I do?!  Huh )

Trying to get the tail sewn on was a pain, but at least I managed to get it to stick out and not lay flat.

Even though he is super rough around the edges, I still think he is pretty cute.  I have enough fabric left from the quarter to make another, so I'd like to try and get a friend with a sewing machine to help me do it the "right way".  Wink

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    « Reply #1 on: September 01, 2013 04:08:05 AM »

    Cute. Thanks for sharing.
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    « Reply #2 on: September 01, 2013 02:10:13 PM »

    I think the fact that he is hand sewn and a little frayed is what makes him cute....great job
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    « Reply #3 on: September 02, 2013 10:47:48 AM »

    Love it!! That is so cute Smiley Good Job Bucky
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