Those of you who know me know that my beloved cat of 16 years left us last night (actually, early this morning, but it was dark and time for sleeping, thus night time). I’ve been heartbroken over her illness and her departure. And after laying her to rest (in the most eco-friendly way we could), I needed to use my sewing skills to make a tribute to my little grey cat, Sootie.
Here’s one of my favorite pictures of her:
I knew I would need a little cat to take to bed with me, so in my grief, I went to the nearest toy store looking for a little grey cat with bright green eyes that would work. Then I snapped out of it and realized that even if I was able to find exactly what I was looking for, I would know deep down that it would mean more if I could make one, even if it’s not store-quality. And that’s the best option for our environment as well. No extra chemicals, no unnecessary consumption, and no taking advantage of underpaid workers. So when I got home, I hopped online and came across this pattern for a terrycloth cat:
I cut up an old towel that reminded me Sootie, tore up an old pillow for the stuffing, and found some unused buttons for her eyes. And while I was stuffing her, I added a little clipping of Sootie’s fur, so there’s a part of her there too. It’s not finished yet, but here’s a picture of what I have so far. I think this is all I have time for before bedtime.
I’ll add another picture after I put on her eyes, stitch the nose, mouth and whiskers, and maybe add a collar or something to cover up my shoddy (but love-filled!) stitching of where the head meets the body.
It’s not perfect, but I have found it was a tangible way to channel my grieving into something much more meaningful and much better than buying something. Rest in peace, my dearest Sootie.