DIY Animal Pillows

DIY Animal Pillows. She Loves Happy Lifestyle Blog (1 of 6I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I’ve been dying to share this tutorial with you guys but since these were gifts for the little ones in my life, I wanted to keep them a surprise until after they were opened.

I can now scratch one more thing off my bucket list; I have learned to sew! I received a sewing machine for my birthday in May but it took me up until now to lean how to use it. And of course as soon as I learn, I decide it would be a good idea to make all my nieces and nephews their christmas presents this year. Seems logical, right?
For awhile I wondered what on earth I was thinking but I can now say that I am very proud of myself and kind of wish I could keep all these pillows for myself…
I made 3 different versions of the same type of pillow; An owl, fox, and monster. I looked around on Pinterest and compiled different features of several DIY animal pillows and kind of made my own version.
Here’s what you need:

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For all the pillows I cut out the same body shape. I didn’t use a pattern, I just used a piece of chalk and traced out a shape I liked. The only thing I would do differently next time is make the ears fatter.

DIY Animal Pillow. She Loves Happy Lifestyle Blog1The Monster:

– Cut out the body shapes
– Cut out 2 different size circles out of the white felt for the whites of the eyes
– Cut 2 different size circles out the the black felt for the pupils
– Using the white felt, cut 2 small triangles and 2 large for the teeth
– Once everything is cut out, arrange it on the body how you like it
– Glue each piece down with fabric glue so it doesn’t move when you sew it on
– In your sewing machine, sew each piece along the edge of the shape
– I hand stitched the black part of the eyes but if you are more talented with the sewing machine than I, go for it!
– Lay your face face down on the second piece of the body and pin it around the edge
– Sew around the edge leaving a small gap at the bottom where you can pull the pillow right side out
– Once your pillow is turned right side out, begin the stuffing process. Make sure you get it up in the ears
-After its stuffed, hand stitch a blind stitch at the small opening to close it up

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DIY Animal Pillow. She Loves Happy Lifestyle Blog2The Owl:

– Cut out the body shapes
– Cut 2 round circles out of white fleece (same size)
– Cut 2 smaller round circles out of black felt
– With yellow felt, cut out a beak
– With grey felt (or with white fleece) cut out half oval wings
– Once everything is cut out, arrange it on the body how you like it
– Glue each piece down with fabric glue so it doesn’t move when you sew it on
– In your sewing machine, sew each piece along the edge of the shape
– I hand stitched the black part of the eyes but if you are more talented with the sewing machine than I, go for it!
– Lay your face face down on the second piece of the body and pin it around the edge
– Sew around the edge leaving a small gap at the bottom where you can pull the pillow right side out
– Once your pillow is turned right side out, begin the stuffing process. Make sure you get it up in the ears
-After its stuffed, hand stitch a blind stitch at the small opening to close it up

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DIY Animal Pillow. She Loves Happy Lifestyle Blog3The Fox:

– Cut out 3 big black circles for the eyes and nose
– Out the white fleece cut out a circle with a flat bottom for the belly
– Cut out a “fox-stache” out the white fleece (again, I just used chalk and free handed this until I felt it was the right shape
– Once everything is cut out, arrange it on the body how you like it
– Glue each piece down with fabric glue so it doesn’t move when you sew it on
– In your sewing machine, sew each piece along the edge of the shape
– I hand stitched the black part of the eyes but if you are more talented with the sewing machine than I, go for it!
– Lay your face face down on the second piece of the body and pin it around the edge
– Sew around the edge leaving a small gap at the bottom where you can pull the pillow right side out
– Once your pillow is turned right side out, begin the stuffing process. Make sure you get it up in the ears
-After its stuffed, hand stitch a blind stitch at the small opening to close it up

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I seriously could not be happier with how they turned out! They were so simple to make that I’m trying to think of all the different ways I could change these up for future gifts!

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