I was going to cheat, until the Elder Hug-a-Bug said, "Let's make her a soft kitten to hug"
Well, luckily for us both, I got this great book at one of my favorite haunts, Sixth Chamber Books.
There is an animal pattern for each letter of the alphabet.
A for armadillo
B for bear
C for cat
D for dog
You get the idea, but beyond the usual suspects, there is also X for Xiphosura which is the scientific name for a horseshoe crab, and V for vole.
I am very tempted to make everything in this book.
The cat came together pretty easily.
I cut out the pieces last night and did the assembly this morning.
I had to adjust the shape of the head a little in the back, it was kinda poofy, but the rest was really well designed.
As with every birthday present that I have made in the last year, the Elder Hug-a-Bug insisted that she lead the way with the stuffing, and she loves to sew that last seam.
I am pretty happy with it, I did have a lot of trouble with the face, but I always do.
The best part is that I get to make the toy, but then it clutters up someone else's house.
I wish you all happy sweater-wearing,
It is officially fall 'round here,