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i’d considered calling this post “anti-ikea” because it is a result of my refusing to buy a cheap object for my little girl just out of pure stubborness. and why? because it was something i could make myself the way i wanted to. and i did make it my way, putting in way more time and energy than i would’ve to just buy the dang thing at ikea for €4 (or whatever it cost). actually, this is the second time that this has happened to me, but i don’t think there’s going to be time for the first time today. maybe next week.
i’d promised my daughter that i’d make her this thing, and then we both forgot about it. and i remembered when i saw topogina’s cat-themed linky party. i love cats. i’ve always loved them. when i was little i begged my mother for a cat “that can meow all by itself” (and i got it). and it seemed absurd that i’d never made anything having to do with cats. and i wanted to participate in the linky dinky. then i remembered the promise: a neck pillow, like the one from ikea, but cat shaped! and i got straight to work.
might i say, doesn’t that picture at the top of the post look at first glance almost like a real cat- a real teal-colored cat- curled up on the ikea poang armchair for kids? oops! did i say ikea? yes, i’m a bit of a hypocrite, because on one hand i write posts called “anti-ikea” and on the other hand, i fill up our home with ikea products. oh well!
the only hard part was the face’s features. the rest i did in about 30 minutes, including the time to make the pattern, which you can download here for personal use only. aren’t i nice? 😉 i used a shrunk turtleneck shirt of mine for the fabric and one of my daughter’s t-shirts to measure it. (she was at school and i risked sewing it wrong without her there because the little guy was miraculously napping in his crib)
that sort of diamond shaped thing on the 3rd page of the pattern would be the ears. you sew them, turn them and fold in the bottom part (where it isn’t drawn on the file) to make them a bit more 3-D.
not thinking ahead, i didn’t think to machine sew them to the body before sewing the body together, but it would’ve been more intelligent (meaning, easier). instead, i sewed together the body and cut it from the shirt only afterwards. then i turned it and stuffed it. then i rather messily hand sewed on the ears, and also with the wrong-colored thread, so a tad on the ugly side.
then i hand-sewed on the bits of fabric for the eyes and nose (suedecloth used for my cloth menstrual pads and diapers) and i embroidered the black of the eyes and the whiskers. and last of all, i presented it to the satsified client!
I wanted to see if the size is ok for a younger kid, too (it is ok, but it’s perhaps a bit small for an adult). the little guy kept it on for about a millisecond…
and here’s more evidence of our love for ikea: ivar bookshelves. oh, there’s also the new cat with its big sister macchia. who looks like she wants to get the heck away from that weird thing. i can’t blame her, either, poor thing!