Sometimes, you just have to step outside your comfort zone. When I learned about Vickie Howell’s Purple Stitch Project to benefit babies, children and teens with epilepsy, I wanted to contribute.

One goal of the project is for people who knit, crochet, or sew to make purple (the epilepsy awareness color) gifts for kids with seizure disorders. To do this, Purple Stitch Project has teamed up with Craftsy to be able to offer free patterns and project ideas for volunteers to work from.

Reading about the project, I knew I wanted to make a purple stuffie of some sort. Of course, since it is a “stitching” project, I’m at a severe disadvantage. :)

In fact, a couple of months ago, I would have been at a loss. But that, as we all know, was BF… “Before Felt”.

Still, being a felt novice, I wasn’t 100% comfortable with making a stuffie… even out of the All-Forgiving-Felt.

I created a pattern and then followed my own pattern to make a stuffie.

Then I tore up that pattern and started over. A couple of failed patterns later, I settled on this one:

I’ll be shipping my imperfect kitty off to the Purple Stitch Project later this week. :D

If you’d like to join the project and stitch a kitty, the pattern is available (as a PDF file) for download both here and on Craftsy.com.