First Sewing Project: Make a Pug Pillow!

Sew an easy pug pillow!

Today is a FUN project inspired by my youngest daughter who is obsessed with pugs. She was anxiously awaiting the moment this project was finished so that she could take this cute little pug pillow away from me!

This is a perfect first sewing project, and I’ve adapted it to make it easier for kids who don’t have a lot of patience. Most of the pieces are adhered with a hot glue gun instead of sewing them into place, because glueing takes 5 minutes and sewing them would take about 2-3 hours. If your kid has an abundance of patience, they can absolutely sew the whole thing together rather than using the hot glue gun (and tell me your secret to raising patient kids, too, while you’re at it!). I’ve gotten some nasty burns from hot glue guns in the past, so PLEASE use a LOW TEMP glue gun and have an adult help and/or supervise. Even low temp guns can cause minor burns, so there’s my warning – be careful! You can use regular school glue to adhere felt to felt, but it takes a long time to dry and isn’t as strong of a bond, just FYI.

Here’s a video of how to put this craft together from our YouTube Channel:

The materials you’ll need to make this pug craft for kids:

  • 2 pieces of light brown felt
  • 1 piece of dark brown felt
  • 1 piece of black felt
  • 1 piece of white felt
  • 1 piece of pink felt
  • 1 skein of light brown embroidery floss
  • Pillow stuffing
  • Embroidery needle and straight pins
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

The simple instructions are to print the pattern pieces, and pin them to the felt so that you can cut out the pattern pieces. They are color coded so that you know exactly which pieces to cut from which color of felt. Glue the face pieces onto one of the pillow sides as shown in the video, and then sew the two pillow sides together using a blanket stitch. It’s a very simple, beginner stitch that anyone who is just learning how to sew can handle. Here’s a diagram to show you how easy it is!

Basic embroidery blanket stitch

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Before you’re done sewing the outside, leave about a 2″ inch opening so that you can stuff the pillow stuffing into the pug pillow. I used a chopstick to help get the stuffing into the corners of the ears and chin. Then once it’s stuffed, finish sewing up the hole with the same blanket stitch and it’s done!

Usage guidelines: This pug sewing pattern is copyright © Wendy Piersall & Woo! Jr. Kids Activities, and is free for personal use. Please contact us for any and all commercial and licensing use inquiries.

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Founder and CEO of Woo! Jr. Kids Activities, Wendy loves creating crafts, activities and printables that help teachers educate and give parents creative ways to spend time with their children.

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