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Give your furry friends a Christmas present by sewing these cute animals. The patterns are very simple and inexpensive to make. This is also a great way to use up those scraps! The kitty holds a catnip mouse that you just slip under his paws. I found catnip in the pet section at Dollar Tree. The dog carries a felt tote that holds a bone. Make this one using durable material and your pet will be entertained with a new toy also.

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Approximate Time: 1-2 hrs.

Supplies:

  • scraps of material
  • felt
  • catnip
  • stuffing
  • ribbon and yarn
  • infant sock
  • photo of pet, optional

Instructions:

Cat:
I made the tail for my cat by braiding yarn and used a few extra pieces for the hair tuft at top.

  1. Cut out the two body pieces and arms using the pattern.

  2. Sew on all facial features to one body piece.

  3. Sew arms together, leaving ends open. Stuff lightly.
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  4. Sew body pieces together, inserting top hair and arms as you go.

  5. Make a long tail by braiding yarn or string together and insert into body at one of the bottom side seams.

  6. Tie a ribbon around the neck. Bring arms together to the front and tack paws together with a few stitches.

Mouse:
The mouse only requires about a teaspoon of catnip so one package will make many. You can also add some to the cat, if desired.

  1. Cut across sock about an inch above the heel. Stuff the toe area firmly. Put a teaspoon of catnip in the sock and continue stuffing until full.

  2. Make a running stitch around opening. Insert long tail and pull opening closed. Stitch closed.

  3. Sew beads or felt circles on for eyes pulling to slightly indent them.

  4. Use thread and knot for whiskers.

  5. Place mouse in arms of cat.

Dog:
I made my dog from a heavy placemat purchased at a dollar store. You can get two dogs from one placemat.

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  1. Cut out all pattern pieces. Sew body together, leaving a small opening for stuffing. Stuff firmly and sew opening closed.

  2. Sew facial features on one face piece.

  3. Sew ears together. Pin ears to head and sew head parts together, leaving a small opening at neck. Ears are not stuffed.

  4. Stuff head lightly and sew opening closed. Place head on body and stitch in back of head to secure to body.

  5. Sew paws, leaving end open. Stuff lightly and turn raw edge in.
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  6. Sew to body. Do the same for tail.

  7. Sew on felt heart to tummy, if desired.

Tote:

  1. Cut two- 2 1/4" squares from felt. Cut one frame from felt slightly smaller. Cut out center of this square for opening in frame.

  2. Print photo of pet to fit this opening. Glue to frame, then attach by sewing frame to one square.

  3. Sew squares together, leaving top open.

  4. Cut small strip from felt for handle. Sew ends to each side of tote.

  5. Place bone in tote and hang from dog's arm.

By Mary from Palm Coast, FL

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January 14, 20140 found this helpful

Sooo cute! I'd hate to see my cats chew these cute little guys up, though and they would. Maybe I'll make them with my daughter for her to display in her room. She loves adorable animal stuffies!

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Thanks for the detailed instructions and patterns!

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