Barnyard Buddies Jelly Bean Faces Pillow pattern (chick)
Hello fellow sewists, I’m Naomi Stewart, a Shannon Fabrics Brand Ambassador. I love Mckay Manor Musers patterns — I met Shelia at a quilt show several years ago and I was impressed with all of her patterns, quilts, softees, slippers, etc. While I have made many of McKay Manor Muser patterns, I particularly love the Jelly Bean (JB) pillow series.
Shannon Fabrics Cuddle® minky plush fabric makes the pillows especially soft and fluffy, and the extra plush (extra nap/extra fluff) Luxe Cuddle® fabric makes them especially cute! My first projects were the raccoon, fox, and panda using Cuddle® 3 fabric, and I then made the yeti using Luxe Cuddle® Llama.
This blog post is all about the Barnyard Buddies Jelly Bean pattern — more specifically the duckling, sheep and chick (video tutorial with National Educator Teresa Coates).
Barnyard Buddies Jelly Bean Faces Pillow Tutorial
Fabrics, Notions & Supplies
- Barnyard Buddies Jelly Bean Faces Pillow pattern from McKay Manor Musers
- Luxe Cuddle® Rose White, Cuddle® 3 Canary, Cuddle® 3 Scarlet, Cuddle® 3 Black (for the chick)
- Micro-serrated scissors (Famore or Kai recommended)
- Water-soluble topper (optional)
- ODIF 505 spray (optional)
- Fiber fill (Royal Silk Poly-Fil from Fairfield recommended)
- 45mm rotary cutter (or ODIF snap-off blade)
- SCHMETZ 90/14 Stretch needle
- Walking foot
Polyester thread (Mettler or Superior Threads recommended)
Tips For Barnyard Buddies Jelly Bean Faces Pillows
—When cutting straight lines on heavily napped (fluffy) Cuddle®, use a box knife (I know this sounds weird). Draw a line with a Sharpie on the back of the Cuddle®. Using a sharp box knife, cut through only the back of the fabric. If you don’t cut the longer hairs, they don’t fall out.
—Always toss cut pieces (not the pieces backed with fusible), in the dryer on low or fluff with a damp washcloth for 10 minutes. This should take away most of the “Cuddle® dust.” Note that Llama may take 20 minutes. Many of the Cuddle® fabrics are embossed, and heat will remove the lovely embossing (i.e., rose or hide pattern).
—Don’t overstuff your parts! I’m talking about ears and tails here — it's much, much easier to attach your ears when you can see the seam.
—Pin well when sewing to minimize slippage. Lengthen the stitch length to 2.8 and sew slowly!
—When attaching animal parts, especially stuffed ears, tails, etc., double check your sewing from all sides carefully. Believe me, it's much easier to make corrections (un-sew) at this stage.
—Appliquéing with Cuddle®: Use a good double-sided fusible and a pressing cloth. I typically use a medium sized zigzag. When finished stitching, always check your stitches and make sure you caught all the edges. It's much easier to re-stitch when the face is still in pieces. My stitch width for appliquéing is 3.7 and my stitch length is 1.0, but adjust to fit your machine and taste. On the sheep face, I used a buttonhole stitch that works well (stitch width 3.5, length 2.5.). For a video on applique, see here: How to Applique with Cuddle and Minky.
Wrapping It All Up
I strongly encourage you to make one of these pillows. Convince a friend to make one with you, or contact your local quilt store and maybe they can get a Shannon Fabrics Brand Ambassador to teach a class for you.
Your favorite child, grandchild, sister or friend would love one of these ‘stinking cute’ pillows. I know I can’t quit making them — I’m thinking I need to make the cow next, or maybe the werewolf! Until the next project, remember: creativity is messy and I am very messy!
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