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Get Well Stuffed Kitten

This week has been a new experience for me.  My baby went in for surgery!  Yikes!  She just needed to have her tonsils and adenoids removed but still, I was anxious.

I made sure to stock up on popsicles, ice cream, applesauce and pudding for her.  And I wanted to make her a sweet little stuffed toy to take into the hospital with her for her surgery.

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A simple stuffed kitten to help a little girl on her surgery day. From Houseful of Handmade.
In my true fashion, I waited until the last minute to decide what I was going to sew for her.  So I was limited to what I could find online since I couldn’t make it to a store to buy a pattern.  

Then I had to make sure any PDF pattern I bought would be instantly delivered.  And it needed to be a simple to sew pattern so that I could complete it in one day.  Not to hard right?

A simple stuffed kitten to help a little girl on her surgery day. From Houseful of Handmade.

I found a lot of amazing stuffed animal/doll patterns.  Some I knew would have me pulling out my hair and others I couldn’t find any information on how the PDF pattern would be delivered.  

So after about 20 minutes of searching, I found this adorable stuffed fox pattern from Stitched by Crystal that was a free tutorial and super easy to sew up.  

The only problem was that my daughter could care less about foxes (she’s 3 and doesn’t quite understand the forest animal trend).  

So I did a little bit of tweaking and turned an adorable fox into and equally adorable kitten.

A simple stuffed kitten to help a little girl on her surgery day. From Houseful of Handmade.

And she loves it!

A simple stuffed kitten to help a little girl on her surgery day. From Houseful of Handmade.

I made sure to let her help me pick out what fabric we would make the kitten out of.  I have found the more involved in the creative process my kids are, the more they love the end product.  

And I needed something for her that would give her comfort, that was the whole idea behind this project.  

So after we looked at all the pink fabric options in my fabric stash, she settled on this simple pink floral cotton.  I used cream and purple fleece for the accents so I wouldn’t have to hem anythings (saving time and headache for me).

A simple stuffed kitten to help a little girl on her surgery day. From Houseful of Handmade.

The entire process took me less than two hours to tweak and sew together.  The pattern and tutorial by Stitched by Crystal were so easy to follow.  

To make it into a cat, all I did was adjust the face and nose to resemble a cat face and then elongate the tail and rounded off the end of it.  

Everything else was exactly like Crystal did her’s.  Okay, maybe not totally because I accidentally sewed the ears on backwards, whoops!  But nobody else noticed but me 🙂

A simple stuffed kitten to help a little girl on her surgery day. From Houseful of Handmade.

Thank you Crystal for such an adorable little stuffed animal pattern.  My daughter was a real trooper through her surgery and loved having her stuffed kitten to keep her calm.

A simple stuffed kitten to help a little girl on her surgery day. From Houseful of Handmade.

Now we are enjoying some cuddle time and trying to keep her from feeling too much pain as she heals.  And she is still carrying around her kitten for comfort 🙂

A simple stuffed kitten to help a little girl on her surgery day. From Houseful of Handmade.

 

-Kati with picture of blog author Kati

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Megin

Wednesday 12th of August 2015

This is adorable! It looks pretty easy (for a beginner like me) too! Thank you for sharing this week at Brag About It link party on VMG206 (Mondays at Midnight). I plan to feature you next week! ~ Megin of VMG206

Kati Farrer

Wednesday 12th of August 2015

Hello Megin! It is definitely easy, a great stuffed toy for a beginner. Thanks so much for featuring it, my daughter will think that's awesome too :)

Deborah

Monday 10th of August 2015

What a beautiful and thoughtful gift for someone who is down & out. I just may be using this idea in the future. Thank you for inspiring me on a new way to love on someone! Blessings,

Kati Farrer

Tuesday 11th of August 2015

Thank you Deborah! A handmade gift is always perfect for someone who needs a little love :)

T'onna @ USS Crafty

Monday 10th of August 2015

Such a cute kitty! I think children really appreciate when their mommies make things just for them. I hope your little girl feels better soon!

Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party

Kati Farrer

Tuesday 11th of August 2015

Thanks T'onna! I agree kids think it's really special when we make stuff just for them. She loves to show off her kitty and tells everyone I made it. It's so sweet.

Katrin@KreativK.net

Monday 10th of August 2015

Oh, this is the cutest thing! My daughters would looove this. Amazing job! I hope your little one is feeling better soon!!!

Kati Farrer

Tuesday 11th of August 2015

Thank you Katrin! She is starting to feel better finally :)

Michelle James

Saturday 8th of August 2015

First of all I love that other people wait until the last minute to get things done! Second I love that you changed it to a kitty. I love kitties! And third I am so glad she loved it and it gave her comfort. I remember when my boys had ear tubes put it. It is not anything like what she did but something like this would have been great!

Thanks so much for sharing at #HomeMattersParty Please link up another great post next time!

Kati Farrer

Sunday 9th of August 2015

Ha ha. It's always good to know that other people procrastinate as much as you do ;) I'm glad you like her kitten. It was so fun to make. I hope it's something she loves for a long time.

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