pig and bunny pillow DIY…

Pig & Bunny Pillow

A few months back, we were asked to host a birthday party for a student of ours and we had one particular request…the birthday girl LOVED pigs and wanted the party project to be something with a pig. The P&N team was up for the challenge and designed this adorable “Pig Pillow” exclusively for the celebration… our pig lover approved!!

We got to thinking that we could create other animals using this same pattern and shape. With Easter around the corner a bunny was the animal we were inspired to stitch up next. Here is how to make the pig and and also the bunny…the steps are very similar except for the facial features, ears and tails.

Pig Pillow Materials

Materials/Tools

Pig 

1/3 Yard of fabric

Coordinating Thread

Ultra Hold Heat N Bond (Fabric Adhesive)

Assorted felt scraps for ears, nose and eyes

Scissors

Pins

Frixion Pen

Iron

Sewing Machine

Pig Pattern Feature Stencils

PolyFil (Stuffing)

Pipe Cleaner

Bunny

1/3 Yard of fabric

Coordinating Thread

Ultra Hold Heat N Bond (Fabric Adhesive)

Small scrap of fabric and felt for ears and eyes

Scissors

Pins

Frixion Pen

Iron

Sewing Machine

Embroidery Floss and Needle for nose and mouth

Bunny Pattern Features Stencil

PolyFil (Stuffing)

Pellon Fusible Fleece

Cardboard (File Folder or Mailing Envelope)

Yarn for the tail

Use a 1/2” Seam Allowance

Pig How-To

Step 1:

Download and print your pig feature stencils. Cut out. Iron your Heat N Bond onto the felt scraps except for the felt you have chosen for your ears. Pin, trace and cut out your stencils in the felt and put aside.

Pig Features1

Pig Features

Step 2:

Cut out two rectangles measuring 11”X9”.

Pig Rectangle

Step 3:

Lay out the pig nose and eyes onto the front rectangle – you can iron the pig nose nostrils onto the nose beforehand – – iron in place (follow your fabric adhesive directions). Stitch around to secure the features in place – – we used a zig zag stitch.

Pig Features Collage

Step 4:

Pin and sew the two ears along the top edge of the back piece – use a 1/4” seam allowance and make sure the ear points are facing towards the center of the fabric.

Pig Ears 2

Step 5:

With right sides facing pin and sew the two rectangles together along the edge. Make sure to mark a 2” – 3” line where you will not sew. This is where you will turn your “piggy” right side out and stuff it.

Pig pinned around

Press your seams, cut your corners and turn right side out and stuff. Hand stitch the hole closed.

pig complete

Hole Closed

Step 6:

Let’s make the tail – using scrap of your fabric cut a long rectangle measuring 3.5” X6”. Fold in half with right sides matching and sew along three sides. Press your seams open and turn right side out – – attach a safety pin to the open end to help turn the tube right side out. Gently stick your pipe cleaner inside the tube and sew the other end closed.

Twist the pipe cleaner and the fabric will also begin to twist – to create the look of a pig tail. Hand sew to the back of your piggy.

Collage for Pigs Tail

Bunny How-To:

Step 1:

Download and print your bunny feature stencils including the ears. Cut out. Iron your Heat N Bond onto the felt scrap you have chosen for the eyes. Pin, trace and cut out your eye stencil in the felt and put aside.

Step 2:

Trace your bunny ear stencil onto some cardboard (we recommend using an old file folder or mailing envelope) and cut out. Trace your bunny ear stencil onto the fusible fleece (or batting), fabric and felt.

Bunny Ears Cardboard

Bunny Ears 2

Glue your fusible fleece (batting) to your cardboard.

Bunny Ears Glued

Match the cardboard and fusible fleece with the felt and fabric you have chosen – – you might want to trim the inside fabric down a bit so it fits inside like we did. Pin together and sew along the edge using a zig zag stitch and making sure to catch the fabric for inside of the ear.

Bunny Ears

Step 3:

Cut out two rectangles of the fabric you have chosen for the bunny body measuring 11”X9”.

Two Bunny Rectangles

Step 4:

Lay out the eyes onto the front rectangle iron in place (follow your fabric adhesive directions). Draw your nose and mouth and you can either use a fabric marker or hand stitch using some embroidery floss and a needle.

Bunny Features 2

Step 5:

Pin and sew the two ears along the top edge of the back piece – use a 1/4” seam allowance and make sure the ear points are facing towards the center of the fabric – this is a bit thick so be careful.

Step 6:

Let’s make the tail – make a small pom pom using a pom pom maker or make your own maker by cutting a small cardboard rectangle and wrapping the yarn around until it is almost all covered – – pull out the cardboard and tie at the center tightly. Cut through the loop and trim to make your pom pom round. Stitch onto the back either using an extra pice of yarn or sewing thread.

Bunny Tail

Step 7:

With right sides facing pin and sew the two rectangles together along the edge. Make sure to mark a 2” – 3” line where you will not sew. This is where you will turn your “bunny” right side out and stuff it.

Bunny pinned

Press your seams, cut your corners and turn right side out and stuff. Hand stitch the hole closed.

Your piggy and bunny are all finished, tails and all…

Tail Collage

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