In 7th grade, I broke up with my first boyfriend via my best girlfriend. She told him during lunch that I didn't want to "go out" with him anymore. (I'm not quite sure why we called this "going out" when our relationship primarily consisted of notes passed in the hallway and awkward conversations on the phone. But that's for another post.) This was the first sign that I was, and continue to be, bad at closure. I think that's why I have a hard time closing up each month's craft and moving on to the next month's project. So, in keeping with being bad at closure, I'm finally wrapping up my June craft - the pillow buddy - as we round out the month of July. I'm doing this in two part otherwise this would be an extremely long post. Today's installment is the tutorial for the body. The next installment will show how to make the head and attach it.
Here are the two pillow buddies that I almost finished for the seventh craft till Christmas. I still cannot settle on the right eyes for the kitty, so her total completion is in limbo for a while.
Here's how to make your own pillow buddy body.
Disclaimer:The following tutorial is for the basic construction of the pillow buddy. You will have to adjust depending on the animal that you choose to make. I wish I knew how to attach a PDF pattern, but alas, I'm technically slow so get ready to use your own creativity to create your cuddly pillow buddy.
What you need for the body:
1 - 20 x 20 inch piece of microfleece, regular fleece or chenille
1 - 20 x 20 inch piece of microfleece, regular fleece or chenille with corners cut out in an arch shape
4 - arch-shaped pieces of contrasting fabric (These arches should be slightly bigger than the arches that were cut from the body piece.)
2 - 4 x 10 inch pieces of microfleece, regular fleece or chenille for the strap
2 - 3 inch pieces of hook and loop (Velcro)
extra microfleece, regular fleece or chenille for the tail
4) Pin strap pieces right sides together. Sew around two long side and the short side closest to the Velcro. Leave the other short side open for turning. Turn strap piece right sides out. Top stitch with your machine around the two long sides and one short side.