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How to Sew a Minky Fabric Pencil Pillow (Video Tutorial & Free Pattern)

How to Sew a Minky Fabric Pencil Pillow (Video Tutorial & Free Pattern)

This is one pencil you won’t want to put down!

With the success of our cupcake pillow tutorial, we thought we’d offer something similar this week — this time how to make a No. 2 pencil pillow (aka stuffie) out of our irresistible Cuddle® minky plush fabric!

See Related: How to Sew a Cupcake Pillow (Video Tutorial & Free Pattern)

Our National Educator Teresa Coates originally debuted our pattern for this fun sewing project at Retreat From Home 2020, and now she’s graciously sharing her tips for our Sew Together Tuesday educational video series. The pencil works great when doubled as a neck pillow or bolster pillow, and not only do we have a FREE No. 2 pencil pattern download available, but we also have a FREE colored pencil pattern download, too (click here to download both, or scroll down and click the “Download Now” button).

As Teresa would say, let’s get started!

Ellie Elephant” stuffie shown above was designed by our friends over at Funky Friends Factory

How to Sew a Minky Fabric Pencil Pillow (Stuffie Video Tutorial & Free Pattern)

Suggested Notions and Fabrics to Sew a Pencil Pillow

These products can be substituted for whatever you have on hand, but here is what Teresa recommends for her minky fabric pencil pillow tutorial. Note the sizes you need are listed on the pattern, but if you’re buying fabrics, this amount will make three pencils.

Fabrics:

  • ½ yd. Cuddle® 3 Sunshine
  • ¼ yd. Cuddle® 3 Graphite
  • ¼ yd. Cuddle® 3 Beige
  • ¼ yd. Cuddle® 3 Silver
  • ¼ yd. Cuddle® 3 Bubblegum 

Notions:

  • Polyester thread
  • 90/14 Stretch needle
  • Long, flower-head pins
  • Hand sewing needle
  • 16 oz bag polyester fiberfill (Teresa prefers Royal Silk from Fairfield World for this project)
  • 45mm rotary cutter & cutting mat
  • Micro-serrated scissors

How to Sew a Minky Fabric Pencil Pillow (Stuffie Video Tutorial & Free Pattern)

Tips for Sewing a Minky Fabric Pencil Pillow 

Pin carefully on curves and sew slowly. 

When sewing the Eraser End onto the Pencil Body, have the Eraser End against the feed dogs. It helps catch both layers.

Make sure to check all your seams to be sure both layers have been caught in the seam.

For some extra fun, quilt lines around the Pencil Band (silver).

Make the colored pencil variation by omitting the Pencil Band and Eraser Band, then cut Eraser End and Pencil Body of the same fabric.

Video: How to Sew a Minky Fabric Pencil Pillow

Mark your calendar — as part of Sew Together Tuesday, Teresa’s prerecorded video on how to sew a pencil pillow stuffie in Cuddle® minky fabric will be posted to the Shannon Fabrics Facebook page at 10 am PT on December 8.

 

Free Downloadable Pencil Pillow Pattern

Click the "Download Now!" button below to download and print Teresa's free pencil pillow sewing pattern. As mentioned, you’ll also be able to find the free “colored pencil” pattern as well.

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If you have any questions about Cuddle® minky plush fabrics or any of our Cuddle® Kits, feel free to contact our friendly, no-pressure customer service team at 866-624-5252.

Ready to start creating with Cuddle® minky fabric? Use our store locator to find a selection of Cuddle® minky fabric online or near you.

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Written by Michael Nystrom
Michael Nystrom is the Inbound Digital Content Manager at Shannon Fabrics. He is a two-time IRONMAN triathlon finisher, USC Trojan and self-proclaimed breakfast burrito connoisseur. When not swimming, cycling or running (or writing about all things fabric), he’s out catching some waves or chasing his dog, Dingo.
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