Crochet Amigurumi Pattern: Spot Dog Pillow Pal

Spot Dog Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - crochet dog on couch

Spot Dog is the final of three animal pillow pals I’m sharing this week as part of the Christmas in July Make Along! This adorable crochet amigurumi dog is easy to crochet, and the round pillow form makes stuffing easy peasy, too. Customize your version by adding more spots, or choosing different colors for the ears and spots.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. This project is sponsored by Fairfield World, but all opinions and thoughts are my own. Additional supplies for this project were provided by Clover USA and NELSONWOOD. Camera was generously provided by B&H Photo Video and Pro Audio.

Spot Dog Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - Theodore Bear, Spot Dog, and Wilbur Pig Pillow Pals on bed

Theodore Bear was the first pattern in this series and Wilbur Pig was the second. Today, I’m finishing the collection with the Spot Dog Pillow Pal!

My version of Spot Dog is relatively simple, but you can make as many spots as you’d like for your version.

Spot Dog Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - crochet dog on faux fur background

How To Join the 2019 Christmas in July Make Along

  • Get all the details, including the full schedule and the link to each project as it goes live here. You can also enter the giveaway at the same link through 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, August 4, 2019 to win one of 17 great prizes!
  • You can join in by crocheting, knitting, or sewing the projects as you have time.
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #CIJMakeAlong2019 on all social media.
  • If you’d like to chat with other crocheters, join the Underground Crafters Facebook group.
  • Get regular emails with links to the Make Along patterns by signing up for the Underground Crafter newsletter.
  • By the end of the Make Along, you’ll have up to 31 awesome projects. Get ready for the handmade holiday season while having fun with us!
  • Use this button below on your Ravelry project pages or elsewhere on social media. Right click (on desktop) or tap and hold (on mobile) to save.
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If you make your own Spot Dog Pillow Pal, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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Spot Dog Pillow Pal

Crochet Amigurumi Pattern by Underground Crafter

Spot Dog Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - crochet dog on couch

Spot Dog is the third of three amigurumi animal pillow pals made using Fairfield Poly-Fil Premier 16” Round Accent Pillow Inserts for the 2019 Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter!

Finished Size

  • Fits a 16” (40.5 cm) round pillow form.

Materials

Spot Dog Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - supplies

Gauge

  • Exact gauge is not critical for this project. Stitches should be tight so that pillow doesn’t show through.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • bl – back loop only
  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • CC – Color C
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • dc2tog – double crochet 2 stitches together (decrease) – [Yo, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops] twice, yo and drawn through all 3 loops on hook. A helpful video tutorial for this stitch by Fiber Flux is available here.
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • pm – place stitch marker
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • Project is crocheted in the round with the right (front) side facing up.
  • Ch 1 at beginning of Rounds does NOT count as a stitch.
  • Unless otherwise directed, move stitch marker up each Round to mark position.
  • When choosing colors, note CA is the main color of the Face and Back; CB is the color of the Eye Spot and Nose; and CC is the color of the Smile.
  • A photo tutorial for joining with the whipstitch is available here.
  • A photo tutorial for joining with a single crochet seam is available here.
  • Crochet Spot has a helpful surface crochet tutorial here.

Pattern Instructions

Nose

  • With CB, ch 4, skip 3 ch, sl st to next ch to form ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 12 dc in ring, pm in last st to mark position, join with sl st to first dc. (12 sts)
  • Fasten off CB with long yarn tail (approximately 12”/30.5 cm) for seaming.

Eye Spot

  • With CB, rep instructions for Nose.

Ears (Make 2)

  • Starting with a long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming, with CB, ch 18.
  • Row 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, sc in next 17 ch. (17 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in next 16 sts.
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 1, starting in first st, dc2tog, dc in next st and in each st across. (Decreases by 1 st)
  • Rows 4-9: Rep Row 3, 6 times until 10 sts remain.
  • Row 10: Turn, ch 1, starting in first st, dc2tog twice, dc in next 2 sts, dc2tog twice. (6 sts)
  • Row 11: Turn, ch 1, starting in first st, dc2tog 3 times. Fasten off CB. (3 sts)

Back and Front

Assembly

  • Tip: Use locking stitch markers to “pin” pieces into position before sewing in place.
  • Position Eye Spot and Nose on Front.
  • Thread yarn needle with yarn tail from Nose and sew Nose to Front.
  • Thread yarn needle with yarn tail from Eye Spot and sew Eye Spot to Front.
  • Position safety eyes. Attach firmly by securing washers on back.
  • Position first Ear on right side of Front. Join with whipstitch (see Pattern Notes) to front loops of Front using yarn tail.
  • Position second Ear in relation to first Ear on Front. Join with whipstitch seam to front loops of Front using yarn tail.
  • Use CC to create a mouth. I used a crochet hook to surface crochet on the unworked front loops (see Pattern Notes) for my version but you can also embroider on a mouth with yarn needle.
  • With yarn needle, weave in yarn tails on inside of Front.
  • Position Front and Back so the wrong sides are touching with the right side of the Front facing you. Join Front and Back with sc seam (see Pattern Notes) working through both layers, stopping once pillow is about half joined to insert pillow form. Continue to join with sc seam. Sl st to first sc to join. Fasten off CA.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
© 2019 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2019/07/07/crochet-amigurumi-pattern-spot-dog-pillow-pal/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Crochet Pattern: Wilbur Pig Pillow Pal

Wilbur Pig Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - crochet pig on faux fur background

Wilbur Pig is the second of three animal pillow pals I’m sharing this week as part of the Christmas in July Make Along! This adorable crochet amigurumi pig is a simple, beginner-friendly crochet project, and the round pillow form makes stuffing easy peasy, too.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. This project is sponsored by Fairfield World, but all opinions and thoughts are my own. Additional supplies for this project were provided by Clover USA and NELSONWOOD. Camera was generously provided by B&H Photo Video and Pro Audio.

Theodore Bear (at left) was the first pillow pal in this series, and today I’m sharing Wilbur Pig. The third pattern in this series for the Spot Dog Pillow Pal is available here.

Theodore Bear and Wilbur Pig Pillow Pals, free crochet patterns by Underground Crafter - crochet bear and crochet pig on couch

Confession: Don’t tell the other Pillow Pals, but Wilbur is my favorite. I really love his face and ears and how the colors combined. I hope you’ll love him, too.

Wilbur Pig Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - crochet pig on couch

How To Join the 2019 Christmas in July Make Along

  • Get all the details, including the full schedule and the link to each project as it goes live here. You can also enter the giveaway at the same link through 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, August 4, 2019 to win one of 17 great prizes!
  • You can join in by crocheting, knitting, or sewing the projects as you have time.
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #CIJMakeAlong2019 on all social media.
  • If you’d like to chat with other crocheters, join the Underground Crafters Facebook group.
  • Get regular emails with links to the Make Along patterns by signing up for the Underground Crafter newsletter.
  • By the end of the Make Along, you’ll have up to 31 awesome projects. Get ready for the handmade holiday season while having fun with us!
  • Use this button below on your Ravelry project pages or elsewhere on social media. Right click (on desktop) or tap and hold (on mobile) to save.
2019 Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter - text on a white background with pine cones

If you make your own Wilbur Pig Pillow Pal, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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Wilbur Pig Pillow Pal

Crochet Amigurumi Pattern by Underground Crafter

Wilbur Pig Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - crochet pig on faux fur background

Wilbur Pig is the second of three amigurumi animal pillow pals made using Fairfield Poly-Fil Premier 16” Round Accent Pillow Inserts for the 2019 Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter!

Finished Size

  • Fits a 16” (40.5 cm) round pillow form.

Materials

Wilbur Pig Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter - supplies

Gauge

  • Exact gauge is not critical for this project. Stitches should be tight so that pillow doesn’t show through.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern      

  • bl – back loop only
  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • CC – Color C
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • pm – place stitch marker
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • Project is crocheted in the round with the right (front) side facing up.
  • Ch 1 at beginning of Rounds does NOT count as a stitch.
  • Unless otherwise directed, move stitch marker up each Round to mark position.
  • When choosing colors, note CA is the main color of the Face and Back; CB is the color of the Muzzle; and CC is the color of the Nostrils.
  • A photo tutorial for joining with the whipstitch is available here.
  • A photo tutorial for joining with a single crochet seam is available here.

Pattern Instructions

Muzzle

  • With CB, ch 12.
  • Round 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, 2 sc in next ch, sc in next 9 ch, 4 sc in next ch, pm in second of 4 sc, turn to crochet along undworked side of foundation chain, sc in next 9 ch, 2 sc in next ch, pm in last st, do not join, begin to work in unjoined spirals.
  • Round 2: 2 dc in first st, dc in each st across to marked st, 2 dc in marked st, pm in second of 2 dc, 2 dc in next st, dc in each st across to marked st, 2 dc in marked st, pm in second of 2 dc.
  • Rounds 3-4: Rep Round 2 twice.
  • Final Round: Hdc in next st, sc in next st, sl st in next st. Fasten off CB with long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming.

Ears (Make 2)

  • With CB, ch 2.
  • Row 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, 2 sc in next ch. (2 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, 2 sc in last st. (3 sts)
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across to last st, 2 sc in last st. (Increases by 1 st)
  • Rows 4-14: Rep Row 3, 11 times until 15 sts remain. Fasten off CB with long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming.

Back and Front

Assembly

  • Tip: Use locking stitch markers to “pin” pieces into position before sewing in place.
  • Thread yarn needle with CC and sew 2 Nostrils on Muzzle.
  • Position Muzzle on Front. Thread yarn needle with yarn tail from Muzzle and join Muzzle with whipstitch (see Pattern Notes) to Front, stopping to stuff Muzzle with fiber filling before closing seam.
  • Position safety eyes. Attach firmly by securing washers on back.
  • Position first Ear on right side of Front. Join with whipstitch (see Pattern Notes) to front loops of Front using yarn tail.
  • Position second Ear in relation to first Ear on Front. Join with whipstitch seam to front loops of Front using yarn tail.
  • With yarn needle, weave in yarn tails on inside of Front.
  • Position Front and Back so the wrong sides are touching with the right side of the Front facing you. Join Front and Back with sc seam (see Pattern Notes) working through both layers, stopping once pillow is about half joined to insert pillow form. Continue to join with sc seam. Sl st to first sc to join. Fasten off CA.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
© 2019 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2019/07/04/crochet-amigurumi-pattern-wilbur-pig-pillow-pal/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Crochet Pattern: Theodore Bear Pillow Pal

Theodore Bear Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver yarn by Underground Crafter | Bear pillow pal on faux fur background

Theodore Bear is the first of three animal pillow pals I’m sharing this week as part of the Christmas in July Make Along! This cuddly bear is easy to make and a round pillow form makes stuffing simple, too.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. This project is sponsored by Fairfield World, but all opinions and thoughts are my own. Additional supplies for this project were provided by Clover USA and NELSONWOOD. Camera was generously provided by B&H Photo Video and Pro Audio.

Pillow pals are fun to make, and since they are stuffed with pillows, they are easier to make than other types of amigurumi. Your stitches don’t need to be as tight (since the pillow won’t fall out of your stitches like stuffing might) and you can just insert a pillow and the stuffing part of the project is finished!

Theodore Bear (at left) is the first of three animal-themed pillow pals I’m releasing this week as part of the Christmas in July Make Along. You can also get the patterns for Wilbur Pig and Spot Dog Pillow Pals.

Theodore Bear Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver yarn by Underground Crafter | Bear, pig, and dog pillow pals on couch

How To Join the 2019 Christmas in July Make Along

  • Get all the details, including the full schedule and the link to each project as it goes live here. You can also enter the giveaway at the same link through 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, August 4, 2019 to win one of 17 great prizes!
  • You can join in by crocheting, knitting, or sewing the projects as you have time.
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #CIJMakeAlong2019 on all social media.
  • If you’d like to chat with other crocheters, join the Underground Crafters Facebook group
  • By the end of the Make Along, you’ll have up to 31 awesome projects. Get ready for the handmade holiday season while having fun with us!
  • Use this button below on your Ravelry project pages or elsewhere on social media. Right click (on desktop) or tap and hold (on mobile) to save.
2019 Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter - text on a white background with pine cones

Theodore Bear Pillow Pal

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Theodore Bear Pillow Pal, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver yarn by Underground Crafter | Bear pillow pal on faux fur background

Theodore Bear is the first of three animal pillow pals made using Fairfield Poly-Fil Premier 16” Round Accent Pillow Inserts for the 2019 Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter!

Finished Size

  • Fits a 16” (40.5 cm) round pillow form

Materials

Gauge

  • Exact gauge is not critical for this project. Stitches should be tight so that pillow doesn’t show through.

Get the free crochet pattern here on the Fairfield website.

If you make your own Theodore Bear Pillow Pal, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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Crochet Pattern: Bouncy Bouclé Bunny

Bouncy Bouclé Bunny, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé yarn, stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill

The Bouncy Bouclé Bunny is a crocheted patchwork amigurumi project. This cuddly rabbit is made with a plush bouclé yarn that adds a soft, downy texture. It makes a great gift for a little one.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. This project is sponsored by Fairfield World, but all opinions and thoughts are my own. Additional supplies for this project were provided by Clover USA and Lion Brand.

Bouncy Bouclé Bunny, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé yarn, stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill - bunny on faux fur background with hand for size reference

One of my favorite things about being a crochet designer is getting to try out new-to-me yarns. Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé is a relatively new yarn that I wanted to try out. The colors are so cute that it was hard to pick just one for this project, so I decided to make my amigurumi bunny in a patchwork style with three different colors. I love the downy texture the bouclé yarn creates, but beginner crocheters or those new to amigurumi may find it easier to use an untextured yarn, like Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, for this project.

Bouncy Bouclé Bunny, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé yarn, stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill - assembly #1

When I create patterns for the Fairfield website, I usually make seasonal projects. (If you like to start your winter holiday crafting early, you may enjoy the series of free crochet patterns I did for Fairfield last year: Norman Buttons the Snowman Pillow, Sleepy Santa Pillow, and Christmas Tree Pillow.) These cute pastels in Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé seemed to be saying “Easter Bunny” to me. Of course, the Bouncy Bouclé Bunny is a great cuddle buddy all year round!

Bouncy Bouclé Bunny, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé yarn, stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill - assembly #2

There is a good amount of seaming involved in this project, since it’s crocheted in nine pieces. But it comes together very quickly once you have all the pieces assembled, and the pattern includes specific directions about which pieces to attached when.

Bouncy Bouclé Bunny, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé yarn, stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill - assembly #3

I used Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill to stuff this little guy (or gal?), instead of standard Poly-Fil. It’s an untreated fiber filling so it is a little bit coarser, which means you don’t get those little wisps of fiber filling poking around. This is super helpful because the bouclé yarn has its own little puffs of fiber, so you don’t need any extra to deal with.

Bouncy Bouclé Bunny, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé yarn, stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill - assembly #4

I also think that Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill is a little easier to use for those who are new to making amigurumi and stuffed projects.

Bouncy Bouclé Bunny, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé yarn, stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill - bunny on faux fur background
A view of the tail which has the practical purpose of helping to prop up this little bunny so it can sit up on its own.

Bouncy Bouclé Bunny

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Bouncy Bouclé Bunny, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé yarn, stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill

This crocheted patchwork bunny is made with a plush, bouclé yarn that is soft to the touch.

Finished Size

  • Approximately 15” (38 cm) tall from top of head to bottom of toes x 12” (30.5 cm) across arms when laid flat after stuffing.

Materials

Bouncy Bouclé Bunny, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter in Lion Brand Baby Soft Bouclé yarn, stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Crafter’s Choice Dry Polyester Packing Fiber Fill - supplies flat lay

Gauge

  • Through Rnd 7 in pattern for Head = 3.5” (9 cm) diameter. Exact gauge is not critical for this project but stitches should be small so that fiber filling doesn’t show.

Get the free crochet pattern here on the Fairfield website.

If you make your own Bouncy Bouclé Bunny, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Embroidery sampler pillow against quilted background

Practice simple embroidery stitches while creating a boho stitch sampler in an abstract, modernist style. Use a Cricut Maker with a free cut file to mark and cut this faux hoop art pillow. It makes a great decoration or quick gift, too.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. This post is sponsored by Cricut, but all opinions and thoughts are my own. My sewing machine sponsor is Baby Lock. Additional materials for this post were generously provided by Fairfield World and Taunton Press.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Embroidery sampler pillow against wood background

Ever since I got a Cricut Maker last year, I have been on a little bit of a sewing spree. As I’ve mentioned in my previous posts about the Cricut Maker Rotary Blade (here and here), the Maker has been my dream machine. I love the ease of cutting fabric (even into complicated shapes like an adorable bear softie) without a stabilizer with materials that are included in the Maker box (that is, the Rotary Blade and the FabricGrip Mat). Using the Washable Fabric Pen makes it easy to mark up your fabric with sewing lines for attaching pieces, or to create embroidery lines.

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Embroidery sampler pillow against bedspread with embroidered pillow

Since adding the Maker to their machine line up, Cricut has really stepped up their game by offering lots of projects for sewists in Cricut Design Space. Like, seriously, hundreds. They’ve also started carrying fabric in their online shop, including designer samplers, genuine leather (in addition to faux leather), quilt panels (in case the patchwork part of quilting isn’t so much your thing), felt, and even pre-cut fabric (if you want to jump right into sewing with less cutting).

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Cricut Sewing Kit in box

And, of course, once you start carrying fabric and catering to sewists, you need to add tools, right? For this project, I used the Cricut Sewing Kit, which includes a set of fabric shears, thread snips (which are perfect for embroidery, too), seam ripper, thimble, measuring tape (because I know personally I can never have enough of these!), and pins with a pin cushion. If the Cricut has inspired you to do quilting, you may also want to consider the Rotary Cutting Kit.

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Cricut Sewing Kit out of box

Let me back it up a bit to tell you more about today’s project. A while back, Taunton sent me a review copy of Boho Embroidery: Modern Projects from Traditional Stitches by Nichole Vogelsinger. I have always loved hand embroidery since childhood, but I never really had the patience for the detailed projects that were popular then. Once I got old enough to have the patience, my eyesight wasn’t good enough for the detailed work that complex embroidery projects required. Boho Embroidery inspired me to take more of a freeform approach to embroidery, and that’s where I got the idea for this sampler pillow. I don’t have lots of wall space, so while hoop art is, in theory, awesome, there’s no real place to hang it in my apartment. A pillow seemed more practical so I decided to make a faux hoop using my Cricut Maker! I didn’t have to worry about making drawing a perfect hoop circle because the Cricut can do that for me.

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Supplies for embroidery

My sampler is very simple. I used the Washable Fabric Pen to make the circle for the hoop outline and then I freeformed a variety of stitches (which are labeled below). If you’d like to have a more structured sampler, you can add more embroidery lines with the Washable Fabric Pen to your cut file by choosing Customize before you cut.

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow

Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Embroidery sampler pillow against quilted background

I created a simple, pieced pillow using fabric from a Cricut Riley Blake quilt kit. The centerpiece of the pillow is a faux hoop art circle featuring an abstract, modernist embroidery sampler.

Finished Size

  • Approximately 7” (18 cm) before stuffing.

Tools

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Cricut Maker with supplies

Materials

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Cricut Sewing Kit out of box

Instructions

Mark and Cut Your Fabric

  • Press your fabric with your EasyPress 2 with EasyPress Mat, or iron with other heat-safe surface.
  • Open the Boho Stitch Sampler cut file in Design Space.
  • Select Customize to add additional embroidery lines if desired. Click on Make It to start your project. Place the fabric on the mat, install the Washable Fabric Pen, and then follow the instructions for cutting.
  • Remove your fabric from the mat. Use the fabric shears to cut away the unused fabric to save for a future project.

Create Your Embroidery Sampler

  • Place your marked piece of fabric into the embroidery hoop, using the circle as a guide for the hoop.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Fabric on top of embroidery hoop
  • If you’re using your Cricut BrightPad, plug it in and turn it on. Adjust the illumination level based on your embroidery floss and fabric colors, and the ambient lighting in your room.
  • Create your sampler using your chosen colors of embroidery floss and your favorite embroidery stitches. Use your thimble if necessary and trim threads after knotting on back with the thread snips.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Sampled stitches in progress
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Embroidery sampler removed from hoop
  • After you finish doing the sampler stitches inside of the hoop, remove your fabric from the hoop and use your EasyPress 2 or iron to press it flat. Then work the back stitch around the marked circle to create your faux hoop.

Assemble the Pillow

  • Once your sampler piece is completed, trim down the fabric with your hoop art to measure 5” (13 cm) square, with the faux hoop centered in the middle.
  • Pin the short fabric rectangles to the sides of this square.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Pinned front of pillow with pin cushion, scissors, and measuring tape
  • Sew the rectangles in place using a 1/4″ seam.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Pillow being sewn on Baby Lock Jubilant machine
  • With your EasyPress 2 or iron, press the seams towards the darker fabric.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | First panels sewn to pillow top
  • Pin the longer rectangles to the sides of the fabric piece.
  • Sew the rectangles in place using a 1/4″ seam.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Pinned fabric on front of pillow
  • With your EasyPress 2 or iron, press the seams towards the darker fabric.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Pieced front of pillow
  • Position the square piece of fabric on top of the seamed piece of fabric with the right sides facing.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Backing fabric
  • Sew both pieces together using a 1/2″ seam and leaving approximately 3” (7.5 cm) open.
  • With your fabric shears, cut the triangle out on each seamed corner as shown in the picture.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Pillow inside out
  • Pull the right side of the pillow out through the 3” (7.5 cm) opening.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Unstuffed pillow turned right side out
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | partially stuffed pillow
  • With thread and needle, fold over the seams of the opening and hand sew closed.
Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Pillow next to bag of Poly-Fil

Enjoy your pillow!

Boho Stitch Sampler Pillow with Cricut Maker Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Embroidery sampler pillow against faux fur background

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