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Make a Pillow Pet

12 November 2010 16,455 views 13 Comments

by heather

I get really excited when people have the same idea as I have, because if they get to the project first, I don't have to make it for you! I have been thinking about making a dollar store pillow pet tutorial, but lucky me, Shea at All Things Shea make one almost exactly the way I imagined making it! If your kids are begging you for a Pillow Pet, but you don't feel like shelling out $20 for fad that's also a pillow, check out Shea's great tutorial on how she combined a stuffed animal, a pillow, and some chenille and created a "notquiteapillowpet." You can use a neglected stuffed animal from the toy chest, or buy a new one for this project. [how to make a pillow pet inspired toy]

While Shea was making a dolphin pillow, my friend Jen from Jgoode was also creating pillow pet-inspired toys for her kiddos. She made patterns for them, and calls them Bed Bugs! Cute! She even added pockets! [get the bed bugs patterns]

Project Estimate:

  • Stuffed animal, on hand or $1 and up
  • Pillow, on hand or $3 and up
  • Stash fabric, on hand
  • Sewing stuff, on hand
  • Velcro, on hand or $1

Total: FREE and up

p.s. There's another great step-by-step sewing tutorial for Pillow Buddies at Twelve Crafts Till Christmas too!

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  • elizabeth @ twelve crafts said:

    Ooooo . . . her pillows are super cute! Can’t wait to go check out her version.

  • Lindsey said:

    That freaky roadkill shetland unicorn pillow pet knock off that I made back in the summer was from one of the Dollar Tree hobby horse heads. I still haven’t got around to making the ladybug one though. I really like the monster head with the button eyes!

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  • Jen Goode said:

    Thank you so much for sharing the pillows pets I made. it was a really fun project and made just in time for a family trip and a couple of reallllly long flights – turned out they came in handy too!

  • Sarah said:

    I saw where someone made one with the head off of one of the dollar store hobby horses also… I don’t remember what blog I saw it on thought!

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  • heather (author) said:

    @Sarah, It was Lindsey from Filth Wizardry.

  • Megan said:

    What a wonderful idea! I was never going to pay 20 bucks for a pillow but now I’m inspired. Bed bug idea is super cute.

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  • Sophia said:

    Thanks! My sister just told me that her daughter wants one for Christmas. I’m sure one of us will be making it for her now! :)

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  • It’s a pillow, it’s a pet, it’s a black widow! said:

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  • Random MomBlog :: Pillow Pal :: January :: 2011 said:

    […] Karston said he wanted a ladybug pillow pet, but we just don’t see buying more toys so soon after Christmas. So I said I would make one with him. I read the pattern PDF from Twelve Crafts til Christmas, looked at Jen Goode’s bed bugs, and also Dollar Store Crafts. […]