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Franklin the Fat Cat softie pattern



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Who loves fat cats?

I do!

If you love fat cats too you're in the right place, because Franklin here is not dainty.

Nope! He's a cuddly fat cat - perfect for hugging!

And he's really easy to make - perfect if you've never made a stuffed animal before.

This is exclusively available as a PDF pattern, delivered instantly and ready to print onto letter-size paper. No shipping costs and no waiting! If you're not sure what a PDF pattern is, you'll find more info here.

Pattern Details

You Get. . .

  • A digital pattern delivered instantly. (If you're not sure what a PDF pattern is, you'll find more info here.)
  • full-sized pattern pieces – no enlarging needed
  • detailed instructions and lots of step by step photos – you’ll never feel lost or wonder if you’re doing it right
  • links to videos teaching you all the skills you’ll need to make your own huggable fat cat – from sewing curves and stuffing, to stitching up that stuffing hole. You can totally do this! It’s a workshop in a pattern!

  • Size

    9 1/2 inches tall (not counting his ears) and 8 1/2 inches wide (not counting his paws). He's the perfect size for hugging. :-)



    This pattern has nice big pieces that are easy to work with, gentle curves, nothing fussy. If you can use your sewing machine, you can make this adorable, huggable cat.

    Materials Needed

    You can find links to sources for many of my favorite tools and supplies here.

    You'll need. . .

    • 1/3 yd. fleece fabric (Cuddle Fleece will make an exceptionally soft cat)
    • embroidery thread for face (optional ­ - two 12mm safety eyes for the large face or two 6mm safety eyes for the small face)
    • 1 cup plastic pellets for filling (I like Fairfield Poly Pellets)
    • polyester fiberfill (I love Fairfield brand Soft Touch Poly­fil Supreme)



    Want to use your Franklin pattern to make Totoro?

    You'll find free additional pattern pieces and instructions here.


    This pattern is not available for commercial resale. That means you may not copy and sell or digitally distribute the pattern or any variation of the pattern

    For example, you may not print the pattern and sell those copies.


    You may, however, sell anything you make with Shiny Happy World patterns as long as you are the one making it.

    For example, if you're using this pattern to make stuffed animals which you sell at a craft fair or in an online shop, that's great!

    Talk to Me

    If you're hiring out any part of the process, please get in touch and we'll work out a fair licensing agreement.

    For example, if you want to hire someone to machine embroider the faces, or do all the stuffing for you, those two scenarios would require a licensing agreement. Get in touch! I'm easy to talk to. :-)

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 8 reviews
    Stephanie B
    Great pattern and very fun to make!

    This pattern is simple with excellent instructions. I’d never made a stuffie before and I’m so happy with how it turned out. Instead of fleece I made my fat cat from my dad’s flannel shirts as a gift for my sister. Soooo cute!

    Joyce Pandolfi
    Great pattern to teach children how to sew

    This pattern is the best of both worlds. My 11 year old grandson has taken an interest in sewing. I am old school & like written instructions. He prefers watching video instructions. This combines both styles. We haven't quite finished our first cat & he is asking to make a second cat for his brother.

    Laura T.
    great pattern

    This pattern is super cute. The instructions were clear and easy to follow. The fleece was kind of tricky to work with, but it was a pretty easy project overall.

    Sharon Lucarelli
    Super cute

    My sister picked the pattern. I am going to make it. The instructions are very clear. I still need to get the fabric and get started. Flannel will be my choice.

    Andrea Calhoun
    ADORABLE but challenging depending on fabrics!

    Read all the tips people give and visit the shiny happy world Facebook group for more help. They turned out great but the fabric I chose was challenging for sure. I am gifting these guys to cat rescue groups that foster kittens often.