Pillow Body People Pattern


(The $5 PDF for the PBP Pattern can be found here : Pillow Body People PDF Etsy )

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1. Fabric : Any fabric! But for beginners, the stiffer the fabric, the easier this will be. If you do decide to use a fabric that frays easily, like something silky or knit, be sure to glue the edges of each pattern piece before you start. The buddy in the photos was made out of a shopping bag from Urban. You could make it him out of an old t-shirt, jeans, pillowcase, a towel, canvas, whatever.

2. Needle and thread

3. A flat 1'' button with 2 to 4 holes

4. Stuffing : Any stuffing! I used an old cut up sweater to stuff my buddy. You could use rice or dry beans if you wanted to make him more like a beanie baby, or you could use a mix of lavender or chamomile and flaxseed if you wanted to make him smell good. 


Step 1.

Cut out your paper pattern pieces, and place onto your fabric. Trace each piece onto your fabric and then cut, or pin the paper down and just cut out your pieces. At the lettered points on the patterns, either draw a small line onto your fabric to indicate, or make a very small cut. 

For the pattern pieces that say "Cut 2", ( the "face" and "body" pattern pieces), be sure to fold your fabric in half before cutting out your pattern piece. 

Start by handsewing, using either an overstitch or blanket stitch, from point A to B on pattern pieces labeled "Side Body". (**see photo below**) 

If you are using a fabric that has a 'right' and 'wrong' side,( aka whatever side of the fabric you want showing is the "right" side,) be sure to have the right sides facing together. We will flip this guy inside out before stuffing him.

Step 2.

Now you will connect the "bottom" piece to the "side-body" pieces you've just sewn together. Open your side body pieces up, like a book, you will be sewing along the entire bottom edge of both pieces.

Line up the B point on the "bottom" pattern piece with the B point on your "side body" pieces. The "Bottom" B should line up perfectly with the end of the seam you've just sewn. Line up point C on the "Bottom" with point C on one "side body" piece.

Sew from point B to C across the right side, and then again from B to C across the left side. 

sewing B to C on right side 

sewing B to C on left side

Step 3.

Now you will attach the  "Front Body" pattern piece. Line up point A on "front body" to the A on your "side body" (at the top of your seam). Sew from point A down the entire side to point C. First sewing down the right side, and then sewing down the left side.

view of "front body" , sewn down left side 

view from side, of "side body" after sewing 

after sewing both sides, you will now have an opening for stuffing at the bottom

view from back

Step 4.

Before you sew your "face" together, sew your button onto the right side of one of your "face" pieces. Right in the middle. ((If you are stuffing your buddy with rice/beans/flaxseed see "Please Note* at the end of step 6 before you sew on your button))

You will now sew the face, which is separate from the body. You will later attach the face to the body with the button.

With right sides of the fabric facing together, button on the inside, sew around both pieces, from points D to D. Leaving a small opening for the stuffing. 

Step 5.

Flip the face and body inside out. Fill with stuffing and sew points C to C on body, and D to D on face using a whip stitch

fill with stuffing...

...and sew closed!

Step 6.

Now we will attach the head to the body using out flat button. 

Cut small vertical button hole at the top of the front body. Make the cut the diameter of your button plus some wiggle room. 

***Please Note! If you are stuffing your buddy with rice or a mix of flax and lavender, you do not make the button hole too big. You want the hole as small as possible, while still being able to slip the button in. You could also just fill the head with a stuffing that won't fall out, and fill only the body with the rice/beans/flax. Another option is to skip this step completely and directly sew your face onto the body, sewing through the top of the back body, into the back of the head, and back out through the body. Repeat a few times to strengthen. ***

small vertical slit at the top of front body using sharp scissors

attach flat button to back of head 

Step 7.

Affix the face to the body by slipping the button into the button hole!

Using a back stitch, or a marker, or buttons, or paint give your buddy a face! and voilà!

A new Pillow Body Buddy!


I'd love to see your Pillow Body Buddy! Post photos of your new friend in the comments!

Cheers! and happy sewing!

Adriana LentrichiadiyComment