Puppy and Kitty Softies

Made from the ♥ by Vickie E aka mid-ohio quilter
Read all directions carefully before beginning this project.

• Hushabye Layer Cake Moda sku# 23040LC
• DMC pearl cotton size 8 DMC #776, #3348, Valdani #8
• Clover yo-yo makers Jumbo, Large, Small & X-small
• scrap brown wool felt
• poly stuffing
• pencil, needle, thread, pins
• Pinking Shears
• purple thang
• embroidery hoop
• stabilizer for embroidery
• water soluble pen or brown pigma pen
• a small scrap light weight heat n bond

•Begin by choosing 3 of your 10 inch squares, preferably at least one that has a circle print.

• Cut out 2 ‘eyes’ with out 1/8 of an inch around the edge as shown.

• Using the JUMBO clover yo-yo maker or other 7-inch circle template. Trace with a pencil or water erasable pen on the wrong side (WS) of one of your “body” fabrics.
• *Tip* trace the ‘bumps’ on the yo-yo maker and use to align your circles when you sew them together.

• Print the templates for the ears, arms, legs and faces. Make a paper template by cutting out on the line. This is your sewing line.
• *Note* click on picture to enlarge and print

• Place the 2 “body” fabrics right sides together (RST) and pin to prevent shifting.
• Using the templates trace around the ears, legs/arms.

• This is the way the fabric will look. Sew around the solid lines of the ears, arms and legs…leaving the bottom open for turning. Set aside.

• Cut out the body pieces AFTER you sew the arms, legs and ears. Set pieces aside.
• Trace the face onto the circle with a water soluble pen or brown pigma pen.
• Using pinking shears…trim the ‘eye’ fabrics as shown.

• Using Size 8 pearl cotton to match the fabrics sew fabric eyes onto face.
• Pink DMC #3348
• Green DMC #776
• Brown Valdani #8
• Use a running stitch to outline and attach the eyes.

• Trace the nose template onto fusible light weight heat n bond. Adhere to wool felt.
• Cut out on the line and peel paper backing and iron to kitty “front” fabric. *note* if you use a blue water soluble pen…heat will set the pen and it will not rinse away.

• Using an embroidery hoop, use a running stitch to make the whiskers and mouth.
• Stitch a buttonhole around the brown nose.
• IF you used a water erasable pen…rinse out BEFORE you turn your piece or iron!

• Cut out arms, legs and ears with a scant 1/8 inch seam allowance.
• Clip inner curve of arms and legs before turning.

•Turn out all pieces shown. *note* 2 legs face right, 2 face left!
•Lightly stuff with polyfil and a purple thang

• With softies face up; pin arms, legs and ears.
• *note* the appendage fabric you want to face the front of the softie needs to be pinned “DOWN” and the fabric to the back fabric needs to be “UP”.

• Lay the ‘back’ fabric RST with the front fabric.

• Pin, Pin, Pin….all the way around easing excess If there is any.

• Pinch back fabric and snip a 1.5 inch slit in the fabric.

• Turn right side out.

• Iron and stuff firmly with polyfil.

• Slip stitch opening closed.

• Using the 3 sizes of yo-yo maker and scraps make:
• 5 x-small yo-yo’s
• 1 small yo-yo
• 1 large yo-yo

• Take completed yo-yo and quilting thread and string 5 yo-yo’s together.

• Knot the thread but do NOT cut it.

• Add the small yo-yo and knot thread, do not cut the thread.

• Finally the large one can be sewed on the small and appliqued to cover the opening.

•Back view of the puppy…made with just 1 large yo-yo for a more baby friendly toy.

• Back side of both softies.

One layer cake could make several softies. I hope you enjoy the designs as they were made from my ♥ for my little girls.

34 comments on “Puppy and Kitty Softies

  1. synnove75 says:

    These are CUTE!!! Easy too:-)

  2. Jackie says:

    Vickie, Very cute!!

  3. jaybird says:

    nice job vickie! just like i told angela.. now i need to just find some kids to make all this adorable stuff for!!

  4. Terry says:

    Oh my goodness…I LOVE their little yo-yo tails!! They're just too cute! :0)

  5. Evelyn says:

    Those are so adorable, and something I might actually not be afraid to try! Thanks for the tutorial!

  6. di says:

    How easy! You had me wondering about the smaller yo-yo sizes until the “end” – love the tails!

  7. Ali R says:

    Love them! Thanks Vickie, I hope to try these out soon 🙂

  8. PunkiePie says:

    Cute cute cute! I'm making these. Yup. I am!

  9. Donnelly says:

    Very Cute!! Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great day.

  10. I bet the girls are loving them.

  11. Martina says:

    They are lovely! Thanks for sharing.

  12. free indeed says:

    Ha! That tail is just too cute! I love yoyos and want to make a table cloth sometime.

  13. Sheri Howard says:

    Vickie, those are so humerous!

  14. SUPER cute vickie.
    i ♥ the little tails.

  15. dotti white says:

    These are very sweet, Vickie—there will be many of these loved by cute little ones! Have a great weekend!

  16. Amy R says:

    Really cute Vickie! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Molly says:

    These are adorable! I'm definitely going to make them for my little girl! 🙂 Thanks!

  18. Carin says:

    These are so cute and easy enough even I can make them :O)

  19. Great tutorial! I feel confident I can do it.

  20. Lori E says:

    great tutorial! and a perfect little gift for a special cutie

  21. junglewife says:

    Those are TOO cute! My little girl who LOVES stuffed animals and kitties would just go nuts over them!

  22. Pat says:

    Great tutorial and very cute project!

  23. Janice says:

    They are so cute, I would love to make them .

  24. These are both cute and easy made! Thanks for the tutorial!

  25. Love these! Can't wait to make them!

  26. Deana says:

    These are too cute! I especially love the tails!. My daugthers are going to love these! Thanks for the tutorial!

  27. Krousegirl says:

    The yo yo tails are the icing on the cake…I love all things yo-yo! Thanks for a do-able tutorial!
    Krousegirl2 at aol dot com

  28. These are so cute Vickie! They will make great gifts for all the little ones!!

  29. Martha says:

    Cute softies!! Thanks for the tutorial.


  30. virginia says:

    preciosooooooo. me encanto mis felicitaciones. virginia, te dejo un mimo en mi blog de mimos un beso

  31. pam1228 says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! I love the little tails made out of yo yo's…

  32. Melvin says:

    These are amazing…
    thanks for sharing…

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