Sheep Shaped Throw Pillow

Size (excluding legs and tail): 32cm (l) x 56cm (w)

Today’s project is a cuddly sheep shaped throw pillow. Hiromi Niikura, a designer from the “Ichi Nino San” clothing brand, is sharing her creative idea. These pillows in various colors will add charming accents to your interior decor.

Design & work Hiromi Niikura (Ichi Nino San)

Fabric shown for this sample:
P29400-400 (A)

Materials (for red sheep):
□ Fabric : (Body) 65cm×80cm
(Face) 40cm×30cm
(Legs and Tail) 40cm×20cm
□ Button: Two pieces (1.5cm diameter)
□ #25 Embroidery Thread
□ Batting for stuffing cs70_hitsuji_cushion

We interviewed Hiromi about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
This brushed fabric has a nice texture and softness. The gentle looking pattern with great color combinations gives a cozy and warm feel. Utilizing its soft touch and design, I came up with a uniquely shaped pillow that makes you want to hug it.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
I wanted to make something that is a cross between a stuffed animal and a pillow, yet something not too cute…This sheep shaped pillow will brighten up your room with a warm feel even in a cold and dark season. It may also come in handy for your afternoon nap. On a sleepless night, counting sheep with this pillow may help you get a good night sleep…

KF: What are some tips for making this pillow?
With a curved shape all around, it will help to cut a slit and press down the seam to get a clean finish when you turn over the fabric. You can score the seam easily if you use a piece of cardboard as a face pattern. Cut the backside of the body after the front side is pieced together. This way it will be aligned and easy to sew.

KF: How should we use this pillow in everyday situations?
You should place it in a space where you have your relaxing moment, like on a sofa or in bed. As the size is not too big, it can fit as a pillow on the back of your car seat or on an office chair.

KF:KF: Thank you very much, Hiromi! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!

How to make Sheep Shaped Throw Pillow

Cut the fabric parts – face, legs, front body and tail.

Cut a slit closest to the edge of the seam on the face and front body fabrics.

With a pattern on top, score the seam using an iron. On the center of the seam, run rough stitches with the pattern still inside. Pull the thread gently to create a curved shape.

Sew together the front face and body, using the mark as a guide. This completes the front side of the pillow.

With front/outer sides facing each other, put together the front fabric completed in Step 4 and back fabric. Cut the back fabric following the shape of the front side.

With front/outer sides facing each other, sew the legs and tail, and turn them inside out. (Attaching the legs and tail is optional.)

With front/outer sides facing each other, sew together the front and back body, with legs and tail placed in-between the two fabrics.

To have a clean curved finish, cut a slit on the seam.

Pressing down the seam of the back body with an iron will result in a clean finish when turned inside out.

Using an opening on the tummy, stuff the pillow with batting (about 200g). Close up the opening using hand stitches.

The pillow is complete. You may use buttons and embroidery to finish the face. The legs and tail are also optional….

The red sheep is the only one shown with legs and a tail.

Click here for Sewing Instructions (PDF format / A4 size)
The pattern is on the second sheet.