Here are some old photos of a project I did a few years back. This little cat still comes out to play games from time to time.
I find that handsewing is much easier to pick up and put down than getting the sewing machine out. It doesn't interfere with the children too much. However, there is a certain desire to finish a project once I start!
Before I sewed a circular base on the bottom of the cat (see the orange felt shape on the right) I stuffed his top half with stuffing, and then put a small amount of barley in a plastic bag, to give him weight on the bottom. Very nice to hold in the palm of one's hand.
Here's our darling Charlie Cat - much missed now :( but fondly remembered.