Feeling slightly anxious, I was about to make a start when they asked if I could make it to look like their cat......that is to say, the same markings as their cat. Fortunately, it is a black and white cat and not a tortoiseshell. So after many photos sent, I drew a rough sketch of the cat and with its markings. Here are all the parts:
|Head with eyes, nose and whiskers|
Then I added the eyes and stitched on the nose, whiskers and ears and stuffed the head and it started looking more like a cat. I lightly stuffed the ears so that they had a softer feel to them. I stuffed the tail by using the end of a large hook to poke the stuffing in.
With this project, I decided against using sand and went for curtain weights. I used about 25 which I put inside a bag. You can get them in fairly large quantities off ebay.
After I had stitched him altogether, I gave him a nice red collar to complete his appearance. I think he looks rather smart and was pleased with how he turned out.