Good morning! I pretty much love everything I see at Pottery Barn Kids – it’s all so sweet and beautiful! When we were planning Bugaboo’s nursery several years ago, I fell in love with the ABC Animal bedding collection. We ordered the crib sheet and I bought fabric to create a coordinating bedskirt and curtains. I wanted to order one of the cute decorative pillows, but the one that matched the ABC Animal collection was just plain. I decided to create my own inspired by the pillows from PBK but using my own fabrics.
Below is the pillow I created for Bugaboo. He has never used the pillow to sleep with, but we took each of his monthly photos with it for his first year.
To get ready for the new baby. I wanted to make him or her a new pillow! This time I decided to make one girl pillow and one boy pillow – I guess there is a part of me that doesn’t want another gender-neutral item! I love not knowing the gender of the baby, but I just couldn’t decide on one pillow that would work for both genders.
The new baby will be in the same ABC Animal nursery we created for Bugaboo, so for the new pillow, I chose two animals from the sheets – the owl for a girl and a lion for boy. Below is the tutorial on how to make a decorative PBK-inspired pillow!
- Free Patterns! LION, OWL, and ELEPHANT
- 12″ x 16″ pillow
- Fabric for back of pillow – cut two pieces both 13″ x 10″
- Fabric for center front of pillow – cut one piece to 11″ x 15″
- Fabric for border of pillow – cut two pieces 13″ x 2″ and two pieces 17″ x 2″
- Batting or flannel – cut one piece 13″ x 17″
- Fabric scraps for appliqued animal
- Embroidery thread or regular thread for appliqué
- Fusible web
- Embroidery floss
* This decorative pillow is for decoration only in the nursery. The SIDS foundation recommends babies be placed in a bare crib with no pillows. We use our pillow for decoration, on our glider, for pictures, and for playing – all under supervision :)
STEP 2: Trace the animal pattern pieces onto the fusible web. Make sure to trace them in reverse since the image will flip once ironed down. Once you have traced the pieces, iron them onto your fabric scraps and then cut out the pieces.
STEP 5: Sew the border pieces to the center fabric piece to create the front of the pillow. Start with the top and bottom pieces. Mark in from each end at 1″ and 1.5″. With right sides together, lay the border piece on the pillow. It should hang off 1″ on each side. When sewing keep your stitching between the 1.5″ marks.
To create the mitered corners, bring the border pieces together (right sides together) at each corner. Sew a diagonal line from corner to corner. The pictures will hopefully help explain this since it can be tricky to describe! Press corners flat.
STEP 6: Flat line the front piece with the flannel. I like to add a layer of flannel under the front of the pillow because it makes the pillow so much softer. You can stitch the flannel to the front layer of the pillow very close to the edge so your stitching is in the seam allowance, or wait and sew all layers together in the next step.
STEP 7: Sew the back pieces of the pillow to the front piece, with right sides together. The back pieces of the pillow overlap allowing you to slip the pillow in. Before sewing the back pieces to the front piece, finish off the ends of the pieces that will overlap. Fold the edge under twice and top stitch. Clip corners after sewn together.
I love how cheerful and fun these pillows are! Since pillows are not recommended for infants, our pillows have never been actually used. Instead, our decorative pillow does just that – decorates our room! When we are not using our glider, the pillow lives there. Bugaboo’s elephant pillow also made a great photo prop for his monthly photos, which we took every month on his glider. Well, Baby #2 is due any day now so I guess we’ll see which pillow will get use – the owl or the lion?!