Friday, 5 August 2011

Plush Kitty DIY

I've been meaning to do a DIY post for quite a while now, and I've finally got round to it!  It's how to make a simple plush toy kitten!  My inspiration comes from Lyzi from Being Little as she made some a while back and at the time I was busy, but now as I have a load of spare time I was able to get round to making my own.  It's a really easy DIY so fine for beginner sewers and it's really quick, taking me just over an hour ish.  The equipment list says you need stuffing, but my mum has been collecting the linty fluffy stuff you get in your dryer that you have to empty for a while so she can make a toy for my baby brother, so that's a cheaper way to stuff your toy.  I put lavender in mine so it smells yummy, but you can skip this step if you want to.

You will need:
1/ Cute fabric of your choice, size depending on how big you want the kitty (easier if it's not stretchy)
2/ Scissors
3/ Needle & thread, colour depending on fabric colour
4/ Contrasting thread (for features)
5/ Stuffing (or in my case, dryer lint)
6/ Lavender (optional)


STEP ONE: Fold your fabric in half with the underside of the fabric (often the paler part) facing outwards.  Pin the two layers together so they don't move and draw on the design with a pencil.  Cut out the shape (remember to leave a seam allowance).

STEP TWO: Sew all the way around your shape with the matching cotton but leave a gap, around an inch or so, so that you can put the stuffing in.

Using the small gap you didn't sew, turn your shape inside out.  You should then have a nice clean seam, and fabric is the right side out.

STEP FOUR: Get your lavender and place on your palm and rub your palms together.  This will help release the smell and separate the little pods from the stem so you can put them in the kitty with the stuffing. Discard the stems.

STEP FIVE: Start to stuff the kitty, starting with it's limbs.  Make sure you push the stuffing in really tight, or the kitty will be all floppy.

STEP SIX: Stuff the rest of the body and sew up the gap you left.

STEP SEVEN: Using the contrasting coloured cotton, stitch on the eyes and nose.

Now you should have an adorable little plush kitty!  If you do try this DIY out, let me know, I'd love to see your creations!
love amy x


  1. That is so cute!! Creativity at its best!

  2. Wow, thats fantastic!! Your bed is so cute, with all those cute cushions and fabrics!

  3. That has to be the cutest thing ever.
    You have such a knack for creativity.
    Jealous just isn't the word I'd use I'd use to describe how much I wish I had a talent like you!
    Way to go!

  4. She's so cute..and I have lavender in the flower bed. Cool creature.

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