DIY Hand-Stitched Animal Pillow

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  1. Template. I used this image, but just do a simple google search of “fox outline” and you’ll get a bunch to choose from. The simpler the better.
  2. Fabric. I used a thicker, almost felt-like grey fabric. You need something a little thick so your stitching won’t wrinkle and pucker the fabric, but color is your choice, a cranberry would be super cute for December.
  3. Embroidery needle.
  4. Pins.
  5. Embroidery thread. Color is your choice!
  6. Stuffing. It’s not pictured but you’ll need this or a pillow form to fill up your pillow!

diy animal pillow

  • Cut out your fabric into two rectangles (mine are 18″ wide by 22″ long).
  • Cut out whatever animal outline you chose and pin it to the center of one piece of your fabric.
  • Using the embroidery thread, stitch around the outline of the template. After I pulled my template off, I went back and added a few details like the tail, eye, and ear.

diy hand-stitched animal pillows

  • After you’ve finished outlining your animal, put the right sides of the fabric together and stitch around the edges to make your pillow. **Don’t forget to leave a little opening on one side to turn it right side out and stuff!**
  • Turn the pillow right side out, iron the edges to make it lay nicely, stuff it, sew up the open hole and you’re done!

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 I’m planning on doing a moose/reindeer on cranberry felt for December, maybe an owl for Winter and perhaps a bunny for Spring? You get the idea…they’re so easy and it actually turned out better than I imagined in my head. I was worried stitching around the paper outline would be difficult, but just make sure you pin your template down so it doesn’t move around and it will be super simple.

Happy Friday everyone! I can’t believe we’re two weeks from Thanksgiving. I’m planning Christmas posts so I’m already in the mood and I can’t wait for you to see them! I’m also planning on revealing my rather exciting news that I’ve been hinting at for a few weeks in December so get excited!!!

 – <3 A. 

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