According to the pattern, the cat is 21 inches high. I did not measure mine, so I will give you the measurement from the pattern. The pattern name is "Stitch-n-Stuff Cat" and is from a designer named Shawn Williams of "Threads That Bind". I have had the pattern almost a year and finally bit the bullet and made it up. It really did not take a long time to do it. I started Friday evening and have finished it on Sunday. I did not have the sand for the bottom or would have finished it yesterday evening. I made a trip to Michael's Crafts to find the black decorator sand. I suppose you could have used any color sand, but I thought black would be appropriate for a black cat.
I am not much in favor of scary looking Halloween things for young children. This is a gift for an adult, so I left the mouth as shown on the pattern. You could easily change the mouth to give it a less scary look. I hope to deliver this soon to a no-blog friend who is crazy about decorating for Halloween.
Just looking at the pattern, I thought the letters for Halloween were cut out and sewn on top of the tree. Actually, the tree is cut in sections that form the black spaces for the letters. I did not follow the pattern directions exactly. The directions for tracing the design onto the black wool felt involved tulle. You were to use double sided tape to stick the tulle over the pattern for tracing with a pen. Then the tulle was to be placed over the felt and traced over the pattern lines using one of those white markers. I have never successfully used one of those white markers. I know that the lines do not appear right away but for me, they seem to never show up. I traced the pattern onto freezer paper with a black Sharpie pen. That allowed me to flip the paper over, use Heat 'n Bond Lite to trace the tree parts, pumpkins, etc and have the design reversed so the orientation is correct when you fuse the pieces down. I then ironed the freezer paper pattern to the wool felt to cut out my cat pieces. I pinned the freezer paper along the side and then lifted different sections in order to slide graphite paper in between the freezer paper and the felt. I used a pencil to trace over the lines and that put the design onto the fabric. The graphite paper comes in different colors. I used a piece of the white. I then embroidered the wording and spider web using perle cotton. I did have to retrace some of the letters part way up the design as they were wearing off from holding the felt while stitching. This was not a problem.
The pattern directions said to cut a cardboard piece for the tail. All that is for is to allow you to trace around it on the felt before cutting the tail. I just used a piece of freezer paper, traced the tail pattern and ironed it onto the wool felt. The head is made separately from the main body. The neck scarf covers where the pieces are joined. The tail end is tacked to the side of the cat's body to keep it up. The sand gives the bottom weight so the cat will stay in a sitting position.
I think the recipient will enjoy this addition to her Halloween decorations. Now onto another project.
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