look how curious he looks at my camera
I had set my mind on making lots of kittens and I probably will, it is such a great softie. Bags of attitude! However my first one was not what I had in mind and I thought I should share my lessons learned with you:
* when using a pattern READ it.. It was only after finishing the floral kitty I found out through the comment section of the original kitty post that I shouldn't have cut a seem allowance. Therefore kitty in question is a lot more substantial than she should be. It is a bit of chubby fellow and to make matters worse
* You can't attach a kitties head secure using only one row of stitches
* big stitches don't save time. You'll have to do more big stitches and it will look ugly (Blind stitches ha ha. Yes well they look like I had my eyes closed indeed. I loved to see all the kittens with ribbons popping up on the internet. I'm not the only shortsighted stitcher out there!
*Is not easy to put the felt stripes on symmetrically. You want to start by putting in a couple of stitches either side to support it.
* It is even more satisfying stuffing a 3 d softie than a flat doll. I love it when a flat package of fabric suddenly becomes a creature. Stuffing is just great..
*Hillary is absolutely right about the turning. And the bursting seems. The orange one had that. I will be vliesofixing the bellypieces next time I think..
I love how the orange one turned out. He will be a present for a boy whose mom is a vet so I think she will love a cat with attitude. My son with the big heart has adopted the pink one and named her Zwong. No that doesn't mean anything in Dutch either but I love the sound of it. It fits her.. (My son is briljant with names He has a Simba beaniebaby that he has called: Kennis which is Dutch for Knowledge!)
It is a lot of fun doing this and it geve me loads of ideas for trying a 3d animal of my own design...