When I was in fourth grade, I was convinced that potbelly pigs were the coolest animals in the world. I was so convinced that I rented out books from the school library, used an archaic version of PowerPoint and crafted a slideshow that I believed had the power to convince my parents to buy me my own pet pig.
I got a bubblegum pink pig pillow pet instead.
Let’s get this out there: pillow pets are weird. They misrepresent the word “pet” because last I checked, pets don’t have fiberglass eyes and nonfunctioning appendages that fold out into a pillow. Nevertheless, I loved that thing for a few years.
But two years later, I got a miniature poodle and named her Lulu, who quickly replaced my old, beloved pillow pet.
However, when I went home last weekend, as I said bye to Lulu, I was saddened that she wasn’t nearly as transportable as my old “pet” pig. While I had been able to take that stuffed animal with me everywhere, I couldn’t do that with Lulu. And that’s when I decided to turn her into a pillow.
Just kidding. That sounds creepy. But that creepiness is reflected in this week’s DIY: how to make your own “pillow pet.” It’s probably the weirdest yet cutest thing I’ve ever made, and I’m really proud of myself for simultaneously eliciting those two opposing emotions.
So find a cute picture of your pet (or girlfriend, celebrity crush, whatever your heart desires), transfer it onto a pillow, and never feel separation anxiety ever again.
What you’ll need:
1 yard white cotton fabric,
A photo of your pet
Iron-on transfer paper
White thread, needle