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HOW TO SEW CAREFREE CAT FROM SCRAPS – FREE PATTERN

By on November 11, 2015


Bernie the cat toy free sewing pattern_final
In the process of creation of every new toy, while I am drawing a draft on a paper, when trying out different face expressions, or while I am combining pieces of fabric and sewing them together, the toy starts to create its own character. I never know what I will end up with at the end. It is like that they have their own life; I just help them to come alive. Does this happen to you too?  This is exactly how I created my new softie friend Bernie the Cat.

So, let me introduce you to Bernie the Cat, very relaxed, easygoing, content cat. He really knows how to enjoy the life big time. He spends hours sleeping in his soft warm bed with his best friend, squeezing gently to him, or lying leisurely and carefree on the warm sun, listening to the wind playing in the treetops, and birds singing their joyful song. He is never in the hurry and always willing to cuddle.

If you would like to have Bernie the Cat at home or you know some special person that needs someone like him, he is quite easy to make and is a great gift idea for babies, children and cat lovers of all ages. You can make a great use of all that colorful scraps from other projects, which you were saving just in case.

Materials you will need for sewing your own Bernie the Cat

  • Colorful scraps of cotton fabric
  • Two buttons for eyes
  • Black embroidery thread for mouths
  • Black felt for nose
  • Felt for the heart
  • Embroidery thread for the heart
  • Filler for toys

Steps for sewing Bernie the Cat

Step 1

Print out the free Bernie the Cat pattern. Cut out all the pieces from the fabric as written on the pattern.

Bernie the cat toy free sewing pattern_step 1

Step 2

First, do the front hand body part of Bernie the Cat. Sew the buttons for eyes. Use embroidery thread and really make sure that the buttons are well sewn on the fabric, especially if you are sewing the toy for the little guys. Second, position the felt nose and sew it on the fabric using the running stitch. Thirdly, add the smiley mouth with black embroidery thread using the stem stitch. Last, sew the heart from felt with embroidery thread using the running stitch.

Bernie the cat toy free sewing pattern_step 2

Step 3

Place two ears parts right sides together. Sew them together on left and right (not at the bottom). Cut the top off (be careful not to cut the seam), turn around, and top stitch on the right side. Put in little stuffing (very little). They should look like this:

Bernie the cat toy free sewing pattern_step 3

Step 4

Sew the legs, hands, and tail parts together by placing them right side together. Turn them around and stuff with the filler.

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Step 5

Iron the bottom edge of the main body parts like this to make closing together later easier.

Bernie the cat toy free sewing pattern_step 6

Step 6

Position the ears and hands on the front body part on the right side, pin them. Place the back body part right sides together on the top and pin well. Sew living the bottom open completely. Turn around and fill with the filler.

Bernie the cat toy free sewing pattern_step 5

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Step 7

Position the legs into the body and pin together. Sew.

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Step 8

Sew the open part of the tail together.  Hand sew the tail a little bit sideways on the back side of the body. That is it! You have just made your own Bernie the Cat. Now give him a nice massage to position the filling nicely.  Do not hurry; you know how much cats love to cuddle.

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The only thing left is to share a picture of your Bernie the Cat, your little masterpiece with us here, on our Facebook or Google+.

We would really love to see it.

Do you have any additional ideas how to make this free Bernie the Cat pattern and tutorial even helpful? Feel free to use the comments section below to share your thoughts and ideas.

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Comments

  1. Maja
    November 15, 2015

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    What a cute project to use all scraps! Thank you for sharing.

    • Maya
      November 15, 2015

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      You are welcome, I am so glad you like it.

  2. Timi
    November 30, 2015

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    It’s such a lovely cat!!! Thank you for the tutorial!!

  3. Carol McQueen
    April 15, 2016

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    What are the measurements of the body of Bernie, and length of legs& arms?

  4. Sheila
    May 3, 2016

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    Hi Maya, love this happy cat!
    I find it easier to sew on the ears & limbs if I baste them onto the body first making sure all the raw edges are just over the edge of the body. Sometimes I push the stuffing down the limbs & baste that as well so you get a nice flat surface to sew.
    I like the way you have added the legs.
    He’s a great idea for using scraps.
    Many thanks & regards 😉

    • Maya
      May 3, 2016

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      Dear Sheila, thank you so much for your comment. You are right, fixing the lambs to the body first and flatting everything before sewing definitely helps. Great tip, will add this to the tutorial. Many thanks!
      How did your scrappy cat turn out? Curious. 😉

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        March 9, 2017

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      • carolina car company greenwood sc
        March 15, 2017

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        My oh my what a gorgeous adorable skinny teen boy, I wish i was there in that bathroom with him cus I would love to suck on his cock wank him off and swallow his juices. I wander if he lives in England cus I would love to go round his and be a play mate to him.

  5. maria
    May 16, 2016

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    ME GUSTARIA QUE EN ESPAÑOL LA VERDAD ES QUE NO ENTIENDO NADA, MU GUSTARIA HACER COSAS ,

  6. lucinda
    May 19, 2016

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    I’m wondering if seam allowances are included in the pattern, and are they 1/4″?

    • Maya
      May 31, 2016

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      Hi Lucinda, yes seam allowance is included and it is standard 1/4′.

  7. Erin
    July 22, 2016

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    Thank you for Bernie the Cat. I made him from pieces left over from blankets and burp cloths so he is very soft and parents will recognize some of the materials, having received the blankets and burp cloths as gifts when baby was newborn.

    • Maya
      September 17, 2016

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      Hi Erin, what a great idea to use pieces left over from blankets and burp cloths. Would love to see how it turned out.
      Maya

  8. Robin
    August 14, 2016

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    Hi, Maya! Just found you on Pinterest (Bernie the Cat, of course!) and so glad I did find you! Can’t wait to explore your site and am eager to see what else you come up with.

    • Maya
      September 17, 2016

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      Thank you, Robin, I am glad you found me too. 🙂

  9. Shelley
    September 15, 2016

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    Hi Maya
    Thank you for Sharing your Bernie the cat.👍
    I’m Sure she could be turned into a lion.
    I can’t draw but would love you to give us alternate faces, PLEASE.
    Also, do you have patterns for other wild animals eg Zebra, Giraffe
    Shelley

    • Maya
      September 17, 2016

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      Hi, Shelley. What a great idea to make other animals out of this pattern. I will definitely think about it.

      I do have other free simple wild animals patterns available here: http://sewtoy.com/easy-projects/

      Wish you a great time sewing,

      Maya

    • Lenna
      March 8, 2017

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      So excited I found this article as it made things much quikecr!

  10. Laura
    October 11, 2016

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    Hello! I am excited to make this little Bernie Cat – I found it online yesterday, and went today and dug thru my scraps and found some that will coordinate cutely together. Except…I will allow a bit more to the back of the back pattern to allow me to make a seam at the back to insert the tail, to me, I think it will allow the tail to stay attached better. I do so like the way you seamed up the bottom where the legs are – put the legs in, stuff it and then top-stitch it all in place – very good idea! I will try to submit a picture of the 2 I am planning to make for my granddaughters, and am going to make one up to go with a kittykat flannel print I am making a baby blanket out of for a gift. Thank you for sharing this with us! – Laura –

    • Maya
      October 15, 2016

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      Hi Laura, great idea with the tail, I would love to see how it turns out. I am sure your granddaughters will love Bernies, especially because grandma made them. <3

  11. Jamie McCormick
    February 15, 2017

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    Hi, I love this little cat project. I am relatively new to sewing small curves like the end of arms and legs. Do you have any tips for sewing perfectly round ends like you did on your project.

    TIA

    Jamie

  12. Ruth Smith
    March 20, 2017

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    Good choices

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