Pillow Challenge: My Monster Pillow

Once Sue announced the Pillow Challenge, I instantly gravitated towards the idea of doing a Christmas pillow, but figured that was too easy and probably a little bit predictable. Since this was supposed to be a challenge, I wanted to do just that. I challenged myself to come up with my own pattern for a monster pillow. I played around with some ideas and started sketching a few of them out. Once I had some ideas together, I began thinking about how I would construct it. At this point I had to scratch some of my ideas as I couldn’t wrap my head around how to get them beyond an idea on paper! Once I nailed down my idea, I started planning things out more carefully and chose my fabrics.

About a month ago, Laraine brought in her “Sweet & Simple Sack” that she made in Indigo Patchwork. After seeing the little prairie points on her project, I was inspired to take the same type of idea, but make them teeth instead! This is where I based the rest of my design. That, and how I would construct the mouth… that took me a while to figure out. I really wanted my pillow to have appendages, however I didn’t want his arms to just hang there. They needed some sort of purpose. My monster needed a buddy to hug!

A little monster that just happens to be his best friend (getting a little too involved with a backstory… oops!). I decided to give him long, loose arms so that they could be tied around the smaller monster plushy to appear as if he’s hugging his friend. I hope it doesn’t come off as strangling… I mean, the little guy is still smiling!

Because this design was aimed toward children, I wanted it to be as cuddly as possible so I chose to make it in our Quilter’s Candy Flannel Basics. So so so soft. So soft I almost want to keep this for myself. I used the Apple Argyle Flannel for his body, the Black Mirage Flannel for his eyes, and the Cream Mirage Flannel for his tummy and teeth. For his little buddy, I used the Cherry Polka Dot Flannel.



I blanket stitched his tummy and eyes on and embroidered a face onto his friend. Once I had nailed down my idea, the construction was relatively simple. Aside from a few mistakes, I’m pleased with how he turned out and hope to find someone that will give them both a good home! In the meantime, he keeps me company at work and is all set for Christmas.


  1. Stephanie Dunphy - November 15, 2013

    Oh my goodness…clever and cute as can be. There are days when we all need a monster pillow to hug.

  2. becky moyer - November 15, 2013

    That is SO Adorable! My kids would go crazy for him! 🙂

  3. Teresa - November 16, 2013

    What a gr8 imagination you have!

  4. Sonja - November 17, 2013

    oohhh so cute…nice idea the tie sash

  5. Tabitha Klucking - November 17, 2013

    That is so darn cute!

  6. Mari - November 18, 2013

    Very cute Katrina! I love that your pillow has a “little pillow” guy to hug! Very clever!

  7. Jennifer - November 20, 2013

    So cute!! I think I just figured out the perfect Christmas present for a certain niece and nephew {{wink}} … thanks for the idea!