Charismatic Cat Pudgy Plushie

Designed in 2023 and Released in 2024

The purrrfect lap cat!

There are so many fun fabric combinations, patterns and colors you can use to make your own unique kitty. You can make it resemble a special real cat or go wild and make it with non-naturally occurring feline colors. It’s your cat…make it your way!

This pattern has several options, and the options you choose will determine the skill level and time commitment for this project. Some testers chose not to sculpt the muzzle and it still turned out darling…however, if you want the puffy cheeks, you’re going to have to tackle some thread/soft sculpting! No worries, all the sculpting is done using the seam lines so you don’t have to guess where to sculpt.

Be forewarned…those puffy toe beans are the bees knees, but they do take a chunk of time and a lot of hand sewing to apply them. There is an option for flat machine appliqued toe beans or you can leave them off entirely.


Full Size Templates

Two Different Ear Application Methods

Two Tail Options (Static or Poseable)

Armature Option

Jointed Neck Option

Polymer or Plastic Nose Option

Easy to Follow Bite-Size Instructions

Photos Accompany Each Step

Skill Level - Intermediate with Advanced Options

Skills and Techniques Used

  • Fundamental Sewing Basics
  • Sewing Tight Curves
  • Clipping Curved Seams
  • Sewing Opposing Curves
  • Machine Applique (optional for markings)
  • Attaching Safety Eyes
  • Hand Sewing (to close seams)
  • Hand Applique (to attach optional eyelids and optional puffy toe beans)
  • Soft Sculpting (to shape muzzle and sculpted feet/hands option)
  • Applying Wire or Lock Joint Armature (optional)
  • Making and attaching a Polymer Nose (optional)

Photo Gallery

Materials and Tools Needed

  • 2/3 yard minky for main body (alternative fabrics: fleece, quality cotton, repurposed clothing, etc)
  • ~10″ x 10″ of minky for muzzle (alternative fabrics: knit, fleece, etc *I don’t recommend cotton for the muzzle)
  • ~13″ x 8″ piece of minky for foot pads (alt fabrics: quality cotton, fleece, flannel, etc)
  • ~10″ x 8″ 4-way stretch knif for puffy toe beans or cotton, fleece, flannel, etc, for flat toe beans
  • ~10″ x 5″ piece minky for inner ears (alt fabrics: quality cotton, fleece, flannel, etc)
  • ~10″ x 5″ piece heavy interfacing, felt or batting for inner ears
  • ~18 oz fiber filling
  • 1 pair 30mm Safety Eyes (alt 20mm or 24mm will work, too)
  • Optional: one-18mm plastic safety nose or polymer nose
  • Optional: 1/4 skein embroidery floss for smile
  • Optional:  ~60 inches of 1/8 or 3/16 lock joint plastic armature (for poseable tail 20″, arms & legs 40″)
  • Optional: 55mm joint, for neck joint
  • Optional: poly-pellets, dry beans, etc, to add weight to the bum for better sitting
  • Optional: fishing line (filament) or thread for whiskers
  • Optional: 1 pair false eyelashes (the kind people wear)
  • Notions: scissors, thread, sewing machine, 5″ doll needle (or hand sew)

Pattern Testers' Charismatic Cat Gallery

I get so excited when a pattern has reached the testing phase. It is such a joy to see what everyone makes, employing their creativity to bring it to life. The testers provide the polish to the pattern and tutorial. They give of their valuable time and talents and I appreciate them immensely! A huge thank you to each one of them!

Pattern testers used a variety of fabrics, including: minky, cotton, fleece, faux fur, French terry, velour, velvet upholstery fabric, etc.

Many testers made their cat with only the fabric nose, one added color around the nose edges using an alcohol marker, one added an additional layer of fabric on the nose after it was stuffed and one embroidered over the top of the nose after it was stuffed. Some testers used plastic and polymer noses and added the fabric overlay.  

Some testers opted not to sculpt the entire muzzle/nose area, some only sculpted the bridge of the nose and some sculpted the full muzzle/nose area.

Some testers machine appliqued the toe/foot beans and some applied the puffy version.

Testers used plastic safety eyes ranging from 20mm to 30mm in size. One was made with fabric eyes that were created off the cat and sewn on by hand after the cat was stuffed (to have the ability to place them as seen fit).

While this is an intermediate to advanced pattern, pattern testers’ skill level ranged from confident beginner to advanced/professional. Three testers sewed their cats entirely by hand.

Have fun and let your creativity drive you! I’d love to see your finished cat! You can share your makes in my Facebook Group or even email them to me.


Why Make a Charismatic Cat?

Heirloom quality toy.

Inspires active play and imagination.

Makes a memorable and fun gift.

A memory cat is cooler than a memory bear.

You will tap into your own creativity when you make it.

Sewing and crafting are therapeutic.

Great décor in a nursery.

Wonderful addition to any toy room.

Fun décor in your living room.

Sell finished cat at handmade markets.

You’ll love watching it come to life as you make it.

You’re never too old to cuddle a soft toy.

There is no pet rent applied to them.

It is difficult to accurately describe the skill level needed for each project as the skill level itself can be quite subjective.  Each traditional skill level has a wide spectrum of ability associated with it.  I have tried to assign a general skill level to each pattern, however, please review specific techniques used in the pattern to determine if it is a good fit for you to try.  Keep in mind I write my tutorials in bite-sized easy to follow steps, each accompanied with photos. 

I aim to have each pattern attainable for a confident beginner and some have variations that may be more advanced, but they are optional.  You’ll be provided with all the instructions, tips and material list to create a plush toy just like those pictured in the tutorial…I keep nothing secret.  Each pattern and tutorial provides the blueprint for you to make it just like I have.  An easy to make pattern doesn’t have to be simplistic looking…it can look amazing!