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
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
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.
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.
Place the lining piece right-side down on top and pin across the top.
Sew across the top only.
Fold the lining behind the fleece mouth and press.
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.
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.
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!