In the process of creating every new toy, while I am drawing a draft on 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 in the end. It is like 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 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
- Finished Bernie the cat is approximately 13 in / 32cm toll.
Steps for sewing Bernie the Cat
Get your Bernie the cat sewing pattern. Print it full size on A4 sheet of paper:
Cut out all the pieces from the fabric as written on the pattern.
First, do the front hand body part of Bernie the Cat. Sew the buttons for the 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.
If you are having trouble with hand stitches, then this would be perfect for you! Check this PDF that includes all 6 best hand stitches for sewing stuffed toys with photo and video tutorials in one place:
Place two ears parts right sides together. Sew them together on the left and right (not at the bottom). Cut the top off (be careful not to cut the seam), turn around, and topstitch on the right side. Put in little stuffing (very little). They should look like this:
Sew the legs, hands, and tail parts together by placing them right side together. Turn them around and stuff with the filler.
Iron the bottom edge of the main body parts like this to make closing together later easier.
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.
Position the legs into the body and pin them together. Sew.
Sew the open part of the tail together. Sew by hand the tail a little bit sideways on the backside 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.
I would really love to see it.
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