Step 3: Pin your pattern to your fabric. I used a shirt that Oldest had outgrown and a t-shirt of mine that was all stained and no longer fit to wear. If you use old shirts make sure to turn them inside out first.
Step 7: Admire your heart cutting handy work.
Step 8: Going back to your critter pattern you can either cut out around the template and then sew the two pieces of fabric, right sides together OR you can simply sew around the templates without cutting them out first (again make sure that either your shirts are turned inside out OR that your fabric is right sides together). Be sure to leave about a one inch opening either on the top or bottom of your critter for stuffing.
Step 9: If you sewed around your template then cut around your sewing line leaving about a 1/4 inch margin. Then turn it right side out.
Step 10: Stuff 'em and sew on the details. If you are using them for decoration you may want to fill their bottoms with some poly beads so they stand up better. I used buttons for the eyes because both of my older kids are past the age of trying to eat their stuffed animals. If you make this for an infant or toddler (or any child or adult for that matter that is NOT past the stage of chewing their stuffed animals) then forget the button eyes and opt instead for pieces of felt cut to look like eyes and then sewn on OR safety eyes.
Step 11: Admire your creative genius and then hand them over...or keep them if you decide to make them for yourself ;)