The Digby pillow is a felt craft with plenty of wow factor. These 15 minute faux applique pillows are a must make!
I chose to create beagle pillows as a way to honor of our lemon beagle Digby, pronounced “DIG-BEE”. If beagles aren’t your thing you can easily customize your pillow with whatever shape or silhouette you fits your style.
All you need are 15 minutes and a few simple supplies to transform a plain or inexpensive pillow into crisp stylish custom throw pillow.
You will need:
Pillow(s) of your choice
1/4 yard felt of your choice – I used white, this amount will make two beagles with plenty of leftovers.
Wool or wool blend felt works best, acrylic felt, polyester felt and eco fi will ball up over time.
Thread coordinating or (contrasting if your the type who likes to live on the edge.)
Iron, Scissors, Sewing Needle
Print out the your template onto freezer paper (the Digby template I used is at the bottom of this post)
Using the beagle template line up the head and tail section and iron onto your felt using the wool setting,
For more on Felt and Freezer paper see:
You can also try pinning template to felt and cutting but the freezer paper makes the job much much easier.
Cut away extra paper and gently peel away freezer paper you can re- use this template up to 5 times so save it.
Lay your applique out on the pillow(s) exactly as you want them and mark their position lightly.
Remove your applique and thread the needle and sew a running stitch along the outside.
Because you are using felt you won’t need to worry about fraying and you can just attach the applique straight to your pillow.
However the stitching helps to create a more authentic appearance and adds a nice weight to the piece. Be sure to only knot on the backside of your shape.
Line up your applique with the marks you made earlier and glue down with felt glue one section at a time.
Smooth out but do not press the glue down into the fibers. Once dry the glue will hold as well as stitches.
Allow the glue to set and you’ve got yourself a fabulous new set of throw pillows.
Please do not pin this template to pinboards.
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