Ahhhhh, Easter. I love all that Easter stands for.
I love being able to celebrate the resurrection of my savior Jesus Christ with my family and put my daughters in bright colored dresses and lavish my oldest with yummy candy. Yea.
Speaking of candy- we all know that one of the most iconic Easter candies is Peeps. I am not a huge fan of the sugar covered sugar fluff stuff, but my daughter loves them!
Her love for Peeps gave me the inspiration for my next sewing project, and here it is.
Peeps pillows! Aren’t they adorable? These were so easy to make! I really had a great time whipping these things out. I even got big V to help me with the process! So here’s how you do it. Gather the following supplies:
- A yard of cotton fabric. Make sure this compliments one of the Peeps colors! I got two pillows out of one yard.
- Brown fabric pen.
- Complimentary thread. I just used white since I was sewing 3 different colors and am too lazy to switch out the thread on my machine.
- Polyfill, for stuffing your pillows
- Heavy duty scissors
- Poster board or a heavy paper to make your Peeps pattern
- And the sugary goodness for a snack. Or just a reference. Or both. You choose.
First, wash, dry and iron fabric. Fold fabric into forths, ironing as you go.
Next, take your pattern material and draw out your Peeps bunny or chick. I drew both. I used old posters and drew my patterns on them since they were sturdy and would hold as I traced around them.
Here they are. they are approximately 1.5 feet x 2.5 feet in size. I think they turned out pretty darn close to the real thing, if you ask me!
Take your patterns, lay them on the fabric and make sure they fit on your folded fabric. Then, take your pencil and trace your pattern on your fabric. This is what you should come up with.
Take your heavy duty scissors and cut your fabric on the traced pencil line. You will want good scissors since you will be cutting through 4 layers of fabric. I used dressmaker shears.
Once you cut out all your fabric, SEPARATE THE LAYERS BY TWOS. Do not separate them singly! This will only help you when you start sewing so you don’t have to pin them together. Trust me.
Start sewing at the bottom of your pillow using a straight stitch and a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Sew almost all the way around. Leave about 3-4 inches open at the bottom so you can turn and stuff your pillow.
There are a few sharp corners that you’ll have to sew with each pattern, so when you get to them, turn those corners by lifting your sewing foot while the needle is still in the fabric. If you turn your fabric while the needle is up, your fabric will not stay in place. And that’s just a pain in the booty.
After your fabric is sewn, turn your fabric right side out. Take the end of your pencil or a closed marker and push out the seams and the hard-to-reach places.
This is all my turned fabric that’s now ready to be ironed again.
Stuff your fabric with the polyfill. You can find this at just about any craft or fabric store. Make sure you stuff the ears really well so they stand up on their own.
Once you’re done stuffing, sew the rest of the pillow shut or close it with fabric glue. I’m terrible at hand sewing, so I only did a basic stitch. I know there’s a way to hide your stitch, but I have no clue how you do that so I just winged it.
I don’t think it turned out that bad. I’m happy! Besides, it’s on the bottom… It’s not going to be THAT noticeable, right? 🙂
Once your Peeps are all sewed up, smooth out any lumps and iron your pillow one last time.
Take your pencil and draw the Peeps’ eyes and noses. I used real Peeps as a reference to make sure I drew them correctly and in the right spot.
And there you have it! Super cute Peeps pillows, just in time for Easter. My daughter was so excited about these that she grabbed her Easter dress, put it on and we celebrated by having a fun little Peeps photo shoot.
I just love my cute girl. She loves her new Peeps pillows, especially the pink one.
I hope you enjoyed ths tutorial as much as we did. Happy Easter!