Saturday, February 12, 2011

Happy Napping

DSC08319  Pillow Pets, I know they are all the craze now days with kids and I am sure you have seen them here and there (if not what cave are you hiding in and can we join you!!).  Well if you have seen them you probably have looked at the price tag…$20 Bucks! Ouch, so not in my budget for a pillow with a head! Here is a picture, just to make sure we are on the same page! So that got me thinking, why not make one. I will give you a warning, I am NOT a great sewer by any means (My husband had to teach me how to thread my machine!) and I make my own patterns (I am totally not qualified to read patterns!). But I love my machine and have a good time attempting to share my little skills! SO if your in for an adventure… here we go!
Items Needed:
  • Large Stuffed animal
  • Fabric (for the pillow)
  • Sewing Machine
  • Strong stomach, it is hard to cut those little guys up ;)
First of all you need a large stuff animal. If you are like me and do not own any the the thrift stores are calling your name! I picked up these two bears for $3.00 buck (Score!) DSC08290I started with my piece for my pillow, Mine was 21x17 it looked good to me!DSC08299Next up is the part that if you have a squeamish stomach or love for the stuffed animals turn away! You are going to cut that poor little guy right up the middle. All I could think of as I was doing this was the cute little voices in Toy Story and I felt like Sid for a minute! I had to keep assuring myself I was giving her a new home and life!                   DSC08292DSC08293 Once you have all the stuffing pulled out (makes it much easier to sew.) You are going to cut off the arms and legs and tail. Then start by pinning the head to the pillow inside.
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I wanted my head to be stuffed with the pet so I sewed around the inside of the head to the pillow.
DSC08306After the head is sewn on I sewed down both sides of the top. Then come the fun part of pinning. Place your feet(if you want them) where you would like them and pin all the sides. All that is left is to sew around the pillow. Remember to leave a place so you can flip her right side out. Here is a picture of what it looked like before I sewed all the sides all the bear part that is showing is what will be on the inside DSC08309All sewn and ready for her cream filling or stuffing! DSC08312I would like to introduce you to Patty the Pet Pillow! I added a bow because Miss A needed a girl pillow pet! For a little boy you could add a cute baseball cap or tie! DSC08322 I added a few Velcro dots to her inside belly and now she is ready to go to Miss A for a happy little nap!!DSC08319 So what do you think about my 1st sewing tutorial? Did I pass? If I missed any step or you have questions please ask! We love hearing from all of you! How great would these be for last minute Valentine Presents or Friend Birthday, for under $4.00 I was able to make Patty!
~Enjoy, Kori

We are sharing our skills at these fun PARTIES

45 comments:

  1. Those are adorable!!!! Wow, and they look so easy! Thanks for sharing ... I'll be linking.

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  2. This is a really good idea! Nice job with the tutorial.

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  3. Amy, Thank you! Sheri you are awesome and we ♥ your site!!

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  4. This is great! I had to laugh at the pictures of the stuffed animal carnage! Strong stomach indeed.

    Megan (a new follower)
    craftycpa.blogspot.com

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  5. BRILLIANT!! I'm looking for ways to recycle old stuffed animals and this is perfect! I think you're an amazing sewer! - and so creative!

    Good for you!

    I've decided to follow your lovely little blog too - look forward to reading more!

    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  6. You guys are awesome! Jill you totally made my night! Thank you

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  7. BRILLIANT!!! My wee ones have been nagging me to buy them a pillow pet and because of the yuckie price, I just cannot justify buying them. I am so doing this for them and I will then be, in their eyes, the coolest mom ever!!
    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  8. Oh my gosh! These are so adorable. And to think I almost bought one of those for each of my girls. This idea is way better. Following you from Sugar Bee's Blog link party. Please stop by my blog when you can. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

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  9. So clever to use a stuffed animal!

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  10. So cute!! You were brave to cut up the bear. I would have a hard time doing it too, but now I just may have to do that to a bunny that was a baby present for my daughter but has sat on a shelf for 15 months. Thanks!!

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  11. Kim the bunny would be a perfect Easter Present too! I also have another plan for Stuffed animals I will be posting soon!

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  12. What a genius idea! My daughter is obsessed with these. Thanks for sharing! I'd love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight: http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

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  13. This is a great idea! So cute, I can't wait to make one. Thanks for the great tutorial! ~Lori

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  14. Love it! You were featured today on my blog - Today's Top 20! Love if you could stop by!
    Amanda
    www.todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

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  15. If only I had seen this before Christmas - had to buy 2 of the silly things. Great post!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!! And thanks for stopping by my blog - please let me know if you end up making the 'My Peeps' printable or T - would love to see it :)

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  16. These are awesome! Great tutorial.

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  17. That is absolutely adorable! Love it!! You did a fabulous job! Thanks so much for linking up to my Catch a Glimpse Party! Always nice to see a new face!

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  18. Looks better than a lot of the ones I have seen floating on the net. YOu did a wonderful job! and for less than $5 this is a project well worth doing

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  19. This is such a great idea! Your pillow pet is so cute and so sweet. :) and the personal touch makes it even more special.

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  20. HOLY COW! This is one of those projects I find myself just smacking my head on my hand like - - - "WHY didnt I think of that???" FANTASTIC job!

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  21. Very cute. Good job for a first attempt on the tutorial. Keep u[ the good work.

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  22. WOW. I have been wanting to make a pillow pet, but was scared to make the head. I didn't think about the stuffed animal as the head. Thank you for the tutorial. I'm wondering what size of stuffed animal you used? Or what size the head actually is?

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  23. The Bear I used was a large stuffed animal. I think you could use any larger stuffed animal the head is about the size of a babies/toddler head!! It measures 14 in acrossed

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  24. This is the cutest! And I had to laugh when you said you felt like Sid!! I'll have to keep this in mind for the future!

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  25. This is genius! I have a kiddo-related sewing project on my blog this weekend as well...check it out!

    http://imakestuff4fun.blogspot.com/2011/02/swaddler-that-fits-tutorial.html

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  26. These are adorable!!! :) And SO much more personable than just buying a pillow pet!! Thanks for linking all of your lovely projects to Fancy This Fridays! Can't wait to see what you have this week!

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  27. gracias por el tutorial ya hice mi piloww pet y es bien facil

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  28. gracias por el tutorial ya hice mi pilow pet y es muy facil

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  29. Can I just say...ADORABLE! :) Sooo cute! Great job with the tutorial. Very informative and easy to follow.

    I've always wanted to make one but didn't know where to start :) Now I know what I am making my niece for Christmas this year! Thanks again!

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  30. Found you through Green Submarine. Now I know what to do with the bag of stuffed animals I was going to take to the thrift store and I will no longer have to listen to my daughter beg me to buy her another pillow pet! Thanks!

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  31. OMG! Those are adorable! I love it, my kids love the pillow pets and each have one (so do I) But they want one of each! This is a much better deal

    Thanks!
    Lori
    http://chroniclesofacrazymom.blogspot.com/

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  32. great job I will be bookmarking your site!!!!!

    Thank you Bev

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  33. Hi...I saw a post on Moms By Heart...These are so darn stinkin CuTe!! Thanks for sharing with all of us...Have a GREAT weekend!

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  34. Those are adorable! Thanks for linking up to For the Kids Fridays! I can't wait to see what you have to share next week!

    :)rachel at SunScholars.blogspot.com

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  35. Hi! I was just wondering if you had to get a special needle to go through all the fabric. Also, what kind of fabric did you use for the body? And lastly, did you need to purchase additional stuffing?
    Thanks so much! I love this idea and I'm certain I will be doing it as my daughter seems to have accumulated a few extra animals that could use this. :)

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  36. Joanna, I just used my regular needle on my sewing machine, it went through just fine! The stuffing was all of the leftovers after I cut the stuffed animal in half, so it was an extra bonus!!I hope your little girl Loves it!

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  37. This is amazing!!! Great idea!! Thanks for auditioning for OMTWI!!

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  38. I love these and I am thinking that they would alsobe a great use for my Girl Scout troops outgrown t-shirts. I'll use those for the body and they'll have a great keepsake to take to camp with them. Thanks for the wonderful idea!

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  39. I had thought about making my own version but put it off as trying to stuff a non-cartoonish looking face would be a nightmare and love the idea of repurposed stuffed toys and makes it oh so much less intimidating and totally doable. Will have to be on the lookout at future garage sales/thrift stores for the right animals to meld into a pillow pet type critter.

    Thanks for sharing this with us!

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  40. I just decided yesterday to try my hand at making my son a pillow pet, and here I happen upon your awesome tutorial at seventhirtythree! Thanks for saving me some work. :)

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  41. Oh man, you did awesome! My boys would love you! they love pillow pets and want to collect them all. This is genius!!

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  42. This is so cute and what a great sense of humor with the cutting of the bear! Thanks for the tutorial...I have two girls that will love them!

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