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Pajama Monster Pillow Tutorial

Pajama Eating Monster Pillow Tutorial

This tutorial has been a long time coming – but finally, here it is!  These cute and cuddly monster pillows have big mouths just ready to eat your pajamas and keep them safe until night time.  They’re also really fun sleepover companions.  If you’d like to have one of these monsters for your very own (or for someone you love) I make them in custom colours in my shop.  Or, you could make your own!  Here’s how:


  • 3/4 yard (70 cm) of fleece for the pillow
  • piece of fleece in appropriate colours for horns, teeth, eyes and eyeballs
  • piece of coordinating cotton for mouth lining
  • stuffing

Materials for Pajama Monster Pillow

Step 1:  Cut the fabric

Since first writing this tutorial, one of my readers let me know that she found the pocket too small for her kiddos PJs.  I first made these for my nephews when they were quite small, and their pyjamas fit well, but if you want to tuck in a larger pair of Pjs, you might want to make a larger pillow!

Out of the pillow fleece, cut 2 16″ (40 cm) squares  (I made myself a cardboard template for this, but you could use a cutting grid or even just measure with a ruler!) and one 16 x 9″ (40 x 23cm) rectangle for the mouth

From the lining fabric cut a 16 x 9″ (40 x 23cm) rectangle

From white fleece, cut a 16 x 2.5″ (40 x 6 .5 cm) strip for the teeth and notch to look like teeth

Teeth for Pajama Monster Pillow

Also from white cut two ovals for eyes.  Mine are about 3 x 4.5″ (7.5 x 12.5 cm)

Cut eyeballs from black fleece.

Draw a horn shape about 5″ (12.5 cm)  tall and use it as a template to cut out four horn shapes from fleece.

Horns for Pajama Monster Pillow

Step 2:  Sew the Mouth

Place the fleece mouth right-side up on a table.

Place the teeth right-side down on top, lining up the bottom of the teeth with the top of the mouth.

Mouth for Pajama Monster Pillow

Place the lining piece right-side down on top and pin across the top.

Mouth Construction

Sew across the top only.

Fold the lining behind the fleece mouth and press.

Mouth Finished

Place the mouth piece on top of one of the pillow pieces, lining up the bottom and sides, and baste.  (Leave the top, teeth part open.)

Step 3: Sew the Eyes

Sew the eyeballs onto the eye pieces.


Sew the eyes to the front pillow piece as desired.

Step 4: Sew and Stuff the Horns

With right-sides together, sew the horn pieces together.  Trim the seams at the points.

Turn right-side out and stuff.  Only lightly stuff the bottoms so they can be sewn into the pillow.

Stuffed Horns

Position the horns where you would like them on the finished pillow, and baste them to the top of the pillow, lining up the bottom of the horns with the top of the pillow.

**I seem to have misplaced the photos I took of the last several steps.  Hopefully it’s clear enough without the photo help. Sorry!     

Step 5: Sew the Pillow  

Place the front pillow piece (the one with the eyes and mouth) right-side up on a table.

Place the back pillow piece right-side down on top and pin.

Sew around all the sides, leaving an opening for turning.

Step 6: Stuff and Finish

Turn the pillow right side out and stuff.

Sew the opening closed.

Pajama Eating Monster Pillow

Ta da!  Your pillow monster is finished and ready to start devouring some PJs!

If you make a pillow using this tutorial, please share your pictures, I’d love to see them!  Also, I would really appreciate it if you only used this tutorial for your own pillows or for gifts.  Those wishing to purchase a pillow can find them in my shop!  Thanks!  Happy sewing!


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  • Reply
    January 29, 2015 at 7:02 am

    I just made 3 pillows for my kids thanks to your tutorial!
    Thank you that was fun!
    the only downside is that the pocket to “eat the pyjama” seems too small, not deep enough. I made all three pillows at once so I couldn’t correct it but they are thrilled about it and use it to put the small toys they are allowed to take in bed with them.

    I use the same fabric for all 3 liners and back, and different colors for the front and horns. I actually used old shirts from my husband for the face and mouth and felt for the horns.
    I got small pillows in Ikea for stuffing it worked just fine.
    Thanks again for putting a tutorial, I wouldn’t have tried without it!

    • Reply
      January 30, 2015 at 9:15 pm

      I am so glad that you had fun with the tutorial! I made these when my nephews were quite small, and their PJs were small then too. I can imagine that a bigger child’s PJs might have trouble fitting – thanks for letting me know!

  • Reply
    October 11, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    These are very cute! I’m attempting as we speak! What seam allowance did you use?

    • Reply
      October 11, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      Hi Lyndsey, It’s been awhile since I have made these, but I usually use ½” seam allowance for the pillows, and ¼” or ⅜” seam allowance for pieces like the horns. It would have been helpful if I’d written that into the tutorial! Happy Sewing!

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