Some time ago, I made an owl for Gusty. Since then, at Gusty's request, I made a cat friend to go along with C. C. Ally. Here are the instructions if you'd like a scrappy cat or owl too. C. C. in this picture is sporting a headband made by Gusty so her ear tufts are hard to see.
2. Fold in half lengthwise and sew, making a tube.
7. Cinch down the neck. You can do this one of two ways;
-Hand-sew a running stitch and cinch tightly, use a locking stitch (or several) to set the neck.
-take a strand of floss and tie it tightly. You may need an extra set of hands to help set a knot.
8. Before you stuff the body, decorate the face. Use a doll head needle and start your stitching through the neck. Sew in the nose or beak, I used a satin stitch. Cut wool felt circles, add buttons first (to the wool felt), then secure to the face. I used a running stitch for the eyes.
9. Stuff the body. Decide now if you'll be making an owl or cat. You'll do a finishing stitch now for the owl or add another segment for the cat. This is why the tube is roughly 12 inches long, I left a lot of room for variations. You'll trim off quite a bit of excess for the owl.
10. To close the bottom, set a running stitch where you'll cinch the bottom closed, Before tying it off, cut away excess fabric leaving 1 inch from your running stitch.
Add a tail or wings. Or not?
For wings, cut a circle, fold in half, sew around the edge with a running stitch, attach with your preferred stitch at the neck.