Sew Cute: A Purr-sonalized Cat Pillow

It’s about to get real blustery out there, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! You’ve got holiday shindigs to look forward to, hot cider to lap up, and ample time to craft the day away while cozied up inside. If you’re a proud cat owner, we suggest adding this DIY pillow to your “to make” list. It’s pretty straightforward and we bet your sweet kitty will get a kick (or maybe a snuggle?) out of it, too!

Supplies Needed 

  • 1/2 yard of felt in your kitty’s primary color
  • 1/4 fabric (cotton or felt recommended) in your kitty’s other colors (ears, eyes, nose, and any accent color)
  • Straight pins
  • Needle / thread (black and white will work)
  • Sewing machine (or you can do by hand)
  • Small bag of poly fill

Step One

Create a cat-shaped stencil using a large piece of cardboard or similar. (We’re using an old box.) Then fold your 1/2-yard of base fabric in half and cut around the stencil. You can lightly trace around it with a pencil, or secure it with some straight pins, if that makes cutting easier. Set aside the second piece, which will serve as the back of your pillow.

Step Two

Create all your extra “pieces” including eyes and pupils, ears, nose, mouth, and “accent fur.” Make sure to take note of how your kitty’s nose and eyes are shaped, and whether their mouth turns down or up! It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it’s fun to get a little detailed with the customizing. (P.S. Now is the time to iron out any fabric creases. It’ll only take a few minutes!)

Step Three

If you have any large pieces — like the cream accent fur I’m using to replicate my kitty cat — a sewing machine will expedite the process. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can sew by hand with a simple runner stitch. Once you’ve finished sewing any large pieces, you can move on to the smaller pieces. We sewed the pupils onto the eyes by hand, then hand-sewed them to the fabric. We also hand-sewed the nose and mouth.

Step Four

Place the second piece of fabric on top so that the face you’ve created is now on the interior. (Yes, it’s inside out, but that’s what you want.) Use straight pins along the edge to connect the two pieces of fabric. Next, sew the two pieces together except for a 4-inch section (ideally on the side or top). When you’ve finished, turn it “right side in.”

Step Five

Add your polyester fill little bits at a time, making sure that the ears are full and that it’s even throughout.

Step Six

Finally, fold in the open section, pin it closed, and then whip stitch. And that’s it! Make sure to show your kitty — and us, too!

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About Wendy

Wendy Rose Gould is a latte-loving, vintage-collecting, cat-adoring beauty and fashion writer whose work has appeared both online and in print. While she grew up in urban Indiana surrounded by horse buggies and corn fields, she's since moved west to Phoenix (after a stint in South Korea) where cacti and haboobs reign supreme. Wendy believes a woman should never leave the house without enviable hair and a spritz of her staple perfume. And also mascara. Never leave the house without mascara.

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