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Tutorial: Kitty Pillow by taeliac Tutorial: Kitty Pillow by taeliac
I made a tutorial of a plush pillow that I just made for my Aunt Laurie, who, if you've followed me on Facebook or Twitter know that I've been rather anxious about her. They found out she had a brain tumor on Monday, and operated on her Tuesday - she's doing okay, but still having speech and motor problems, and, well, since it's such a huge surgery, I'm still rather nervous.

So, to cheer her up, I made her this cute kitty pillow. Laurie loves bright and cheery things, and most especially kitties!

A few months ago I made her this apron, if that gives you an idea of her personality:


I thought I'd do something fun for her this time, too, and have it be rather sentimental as well - on the back, there are the names of all of our kitties (well, hers, mine, and my Grandparents') hand embroidered.

And, I discovered I really dislike doing hand embroidery. My fingers hurt. But it's all for a good cause!

I'll take some better pictures of it tomorrow in the daylight and submit it separately as a deviation, but for now, I hope this pseudo-tutorial is helpful for you!

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:bulletblue: I do not go over each and every stitch I used to do this, either hand sewing, embroidery, or machine stitching. You're on your own, there, but dun worry, this is definitely on the "easy" end of things!

:bulletblue: I do not provide a pattern - I show you what mine looked like, but you're going to have to do it on your own unless you beg and kiss up real-nice-like, and then maybe I'll put a couple up for different critters. Until then, you're on your own.

:bulletblue: Yes, I know that this is a way n00b style plush. This is the second one I've ever made (this one being my first) so cut me some slack, k?

As per the usual, please do not edit, post, or modify this tutorial and claim it as your own. I make these cuz I like sharing what I do and how I do it, not to make you look good by stealing them and trying to convince the world you're awesome.

If you make anything with this tutorial, please please please send me a link! I love to see stuff people make with my tutorials!

:bulletblue: And, by the way, did you know that these other tutorials I've made may come in rather handy with this one, too, if you're looking for ideas on how to decorate your kitty?


:star: And thank you to my awesome husband ~kellin for taking most of the pictures for this, and generally helping me out and keeping me company while making this!

©2010 Sam Lemieux
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Syca Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
Nice work!
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xxCrazyOtakuxx Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG You are awesome! So going to use this >.< thanks for the tutorial!
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Fuzzy-Fluffy Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure does beat a card :) Wonderful tutorial; I'm going to have to try something like that.
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JASCARLY123ZO Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
OMG! AWSUM!! im gonna try to use this and make a DOG shape for her birthday!! cuz i've never really given her anything cuz i had no idea wat to give her.....XDXD
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Comilah Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
It's super cute! I think i'll try to make one of my own!
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Aberleigh Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This is so cute :) If I make one... I think it will be a dog though XD I have four dogs :3 Hope your aunt gets better :)
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ooh! That would be awesome :glomp: Four dogs, though! How do you keep them entertained?! I could barely handle my Grandparent's one dog (although it is rather hyper and crazy, so maybe it's just him ;P)

And, she's supposed to come home this coming Wednesday, so I'm very happy about that!
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Aberleigh Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Haha, It gets pretty crazy at times. One dog acts like she's a person and has to sleep in my parents bed XD They have a good time aggrivating each other though. Wayyy different personalities.

And thats nice to know about your aunt :nod:
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Dearbhail Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
This is so adorable! I bet my kitties would love having one to sleep on! Thanks for sharing~
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: I bet they would! Soft and squishy (and warm, if you get winters like we do :giggle:)
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Upon-a-RemStar Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Cats have a way of making people feel better. This is so cute and I know she will love it. Hope your aunt gets better soon.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:love: She did absolutely love it - she's going to be in the hospital for a few more weeks, but she says she can't fall asleep without snuggling it, now :love:
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Upon-a-RemStar Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm glad she liked it so much. A warm heart does wonders for the body ^w^
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Vashtastic Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010   Digital Artist
so freaking awesome, i have to try it.. i hope your aunt gets better quickly.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
You should! It's really easy to do (and easy to modify the pattern into just about anything else) and fun :D

She's doing better - she made it through the surgery and is re-learning how to use her left hand, but it's going good :D
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Sadira-Pookie Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This is a delightfully cute pattern and great tutorial! :heart:
I'll keep your aunt in m thoughts and prayers.
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Mallenroh001 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
:D that's so cute, I'm definitely gonna give this tutorial a go
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
You definitely should :glomp: It's fun and easy to modify if you wanna do something else than a kitty :giggle:
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Mallenroh001 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
:thumsbup: I definitely will
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three-moons Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
Excellent, very, very nice. :D
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Why thank you :love:
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three-moons Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
:} No problem. Your welcome :hug:
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VulpesRed Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
This is a fantastic tutorial. I think I may modify it a bit a make an owl for my cousin who is going to have a baby soon. Thanks for sharing, and best wishes to your aunt!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ooh! That is a grand idea - my husband was saying something about making owls out of it :giggle:

Thank you so much, and I'm very happy for your cousin! Everyone I know seems to be having babies ;P
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EiceBleu Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yay! Sewing Tutorial!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe, indeed :D
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anubis-pumpkinqueen Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
So cute! I love it:love:
I would make it for sure, if I had the money to buy the fleece and had a sewing machine XD As soon as I can, I'm gonna make one! :D
Great tutorial! :clap:
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
If you wanna fight with it, you can definitely hand sew fleece, but it may make your hands hurt (I was just thinking of that this morning, how sore my hands still are from doing the embroidery :O)

But, my hubby just pointed something fun out - you could totally make little one's of these out of felt for the main parts, and scrap fabrics for the rest :boogie:
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anubis-pumpkinqueen Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
I don't mind hand-sewing, I'm rather used to it:D In fact, I like embroidering ^^
You're right, I could make litlle ones :D All I have to do is get the fabrics. Thanks!
Have a nice day sweetie :hug:
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StarsOfCASSiOPEiA Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Student General Artist
Awww, how cute! What a sweet thought. :)
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you ~ I just hope it cheers her up a bit :w00t:
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StarsOfCASSiOPEiA Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Student General Artist
Always welcome! :) I hope it does too!
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swordofdoom Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
This is great! I already made a plush before (it was a pink rabbit ^^) and I wish I have read a tutorial like this before ruining so much pink pile! This will be useful for my next present ;) thanks for sharing and good health to your aunt!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ooh! That is awesome - do you have a pic of it in your gallery? (ish nosy)

I kind of just guessed while I was going, so I don't know if it's the best way to make a plush, but I hope it makes sense!

((I haven't gotten to open the club back up, but I have a ton of tutorials people have put on DeviantArt collected and categorized over at #FabricsAnonymous - [link] ))
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swordofdoom Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
I have not a pic actually, but can post it ^^
Thank you for your ads, I'll go for it and try to make something with more sense!
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artemis5096 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
Perfect! I've been trying to find a nice present to make for my boyfriend, and I think I might have just found it...
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: That would be so awesome! And cute :D

I'm happy to be of some help, then!~
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fruit1oops Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh gosh this is so cute! Hmm... It may make for a wonderful Mother's Day gift for my mum!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I hadn't even thought of that :excited:

Now, if only I hadn't shown my mother this one, I could make her one... hrm... I think I have to go and try to make other shapes now, as a gift for her :glomp: Thank you for the idea :love:
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fruit1oops Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
*giggles* No problem! I think without the tail you could make like an adorable owl or something! :love:
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kellin Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Totally excellent tutorial, hun! Sorry for making my stupid face.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I <3 your stupid face, tho!
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wandering-dreamer Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
That's really cute! Hmm, maybe I should make my mom one for her birthday....
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
That would be awesome, and it's a rather affordable project (I think, for the tapestry needles, embroidery floss pack of like 30 different colors, and the fleece, it was under $20 total if you catch the fleece on sale!) and you can be really unique with it, too :glomp:

Someone suggested Mother's Day, which is now what I'm thinking I'm gonna do for her, but I need to figure out a different pattern/critter, because my mother has seen this one already :giggle:
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wandering-dreamer Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
I'd totally forgotten about Mother's Day actually so this would work awesome for it (plus I can finally use the embroidery floss I found in the free bin at my local library!). And I can see how this would be really easy to adapt into a ton of other patterns and still be simple to make.
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HappilyDeluded889 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, totally adorable and so cute!!! Major win!!!! :love:
The stitched writing is such a lovely detail!:aww:

Thanks so much for sharing this... and I hope your aunt feels so much better after this! I wish her the best on her recovery and this would cheer anyone up so good:heart:!!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: I'm happy you think so! :boogie:

The stitched writing nearly killed me, I'm not gonna lie (I'm having typing problems still today because my hand still hurts) but it's completely worth it!

And, thank you so very, very much! I hope she's able to come home next week, I've missed seeing her on weekends (we live very close to each other, so we see each other a lot) and her being so happy and cheerful~ :love:
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HappilyDeluded889 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:aww: no problem...happy thoughts from me:). Hope she's home soon too!
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yuki4autumn Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
epic win!!! i heart this XD
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe, why thank you very much :glomp:
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