As promised, I have completed the tutorial and the sewing pattern for the “Be My Valentine – Piggy Pillow”, which was published 3 weeks ago. This time I made a pair of Be My Valentine Piggy Pillow for my kids, they love it.
You may not be able to do it in time for this Valentine but as I said, if you have love in you, every day is Valentine. I hope you sew the Piggy Pillow for your loved ones no matter if it is Feb 14.
Besides as a pillow, you can use this sewing pattern to make into other things, for example, a pin cushion, a smaller softy as a gift, or a piggy backpack for little children. Just change the size by reducing or enlarging and modify it to fit into your design. You can even put a magnet on the nose to make them kissing each other, remember to reverse the polarity so that they attract each other (Thanks to Jackie who left a comment to suggest this). Be creative, the upshot is endless!!! Love it 🙂
Piggy Pillow Sewing Pattern
Be My Valentine Piggy
Finished Size: 12″ x 9.5″
Download and print separately: Piggy Pillow Sewing Pattern
1. Soft body towels 27 1/2″ x 55″ (70cm x 140cm) – 2 pcs. of contrasting color (enough to make 4 piggy pillows)
2. Cotton fabric 27 1/2″ x 23″ (for 1 pillow) prefer higher thread count or quilting quality fabric
3. Embroidery floss (black or dark brown)
4. Polyester stuffing material
5. Sewing threads (matching colors)
6. Cards, for the template printing
1. Sewing machine . You can also hand-sew, if you prefer
2. Long Sewing Needle (about 2″) and pins
4. Water Soluble Fabric Marker
7. Blunt point tweezers or an awl
Seam Allowance: Add 3/8″ to 5/8″ to the sew line
Print out the PDF pattern of the piggy pillow. Enlarge it 4 times to get the size I made (12″ x 10″).
The template given has no seam allowance included, please add 3/8″ to 5/8″ from the outline of the template.
Sandwich the towels in between 2 fabrics.
Use a contrasting color for the nose and 1 layer of the ear.
You can choose to have the same color for the tail but I would suggest using the same color as the body, it looks nicer.
Sew it up on the sewing line, it can be from a sewing machine or hand stitching.
Trim out the shape with about 1/4″ seam allowance (nose – 3/4″).
For the body, sew from point A to A, and for ear, sew from Point B to B, leave an opening for turning the work inside out.
Clip near the sewing line about 1/2″ next to each other, so that the curve is smooth after turning inside out.
Sew the border of the nose with the largest pitch of stitches. Pull the thread as shown so that it gathers and shrinks to the size of the dashed line of the pattern.
Look at the pink tail, I later changed it to blue as it looks better with the same color.
Turn the body outside in and position the tail on the top part of the body.
Stitch up the opening only on the top part.
Slit a bigger opening at the bottom to the newly traced line.
Turn the piggy inside out again.
Sew the nose onto the body.
Stitch the eyes with 4 strands of black or dark brown embroidery floss.
Start from the marking of the ear, needle in. Needle out at *2, stem stitch by following the line till *3, needle in. Needle out at *4, the upper end of the nostril and needle in at the bottom end.
Stitch the other nostril and eye, and end the stitching on the other ear.