If you don’t care for having to follow outlines then fuzzy patterns are for you! Mostly short stitches and if they’re not perfectly straight, no big deal. The problem with kitten patterns is the wide variety to choose from. Probably more popular than puppies in the 1950s and 60s but then I’m a cat person.
This duck and chick set of patterns are roughly six inches so they are suitable for applique and baby quilt blocks. For applique work you could leave the edges raw, glue the pieces down to the base fabric and then couch over a few strands of embroidery thread or perle cotton or even crochet cotton.
A coupe of bibs and a ducky insertion that can be used anywhere for baby items. Sure, baby is just going to get food all over your nice embroidery but a set of bibs would make a cool and unique gift. Or just make one utilizing the day of the birth.