Easy Cat Neck Pillow Pattern for Kids and Adults

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Do you fancy felines? Use this FREE cat neck pillow pattern to sew a travel pillow with adorable perky ears, a wobbly tail, contrast eyes and embroidered whiskers. Perfect for travelling with the whole family! #catpillow #neckpillowpattern #handmadecat

Years ago I created a cat neck pillow pattern for my children, and it was a huge success. Today I’m sharing with you my updated version of the pattern and tutorial, along with a video tutorial!

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Do you fancy felines? Use this FREE cat neck pillow pattern to sew a travel pillow with adorable perky ears, a wobbly tail, contrast eyes and embroidered whiskers. Perfect for travelling with the whole family! #catpillow #neckpillowpattern #handmadecat

This cat neck pillow pattern is based on my travel neck pillow for kids or adults, both of which have two sizes and an optional snappable carry strap, perfect for travel of all kinds. The cat version, however, also has a tail, ears, eyes, nose and whiskers to make it super fun and a perfect DIY gift for cat lovers!

 

Do you fancy felines? Use this FREE cat neck pillow pattern to sew a travel pillow with adorable perky ears, a wobbly tail, contrast eyes and embroidered whiskers. Perfect for travelling with the whole family! #catpillow #neckpillowpattern #handmadecat I love this carry strap. This past summer my daughter used hers all the time on vacation and, while travelling, she had it snapped on to her backpack, keeping her hands free. So convenient!

Do you fancy felines? Use this FREE cat neck pillow pattern to sew a travel pillow with adorable perky ears, a wobbly tail, contrast eyes and embroidered whiskers. Perfect for travelling with the whole family! #catpillow #neckpillowpattern #handmadecat Do you want to make a totally unique travel pillow with the Cucicucicoo FREE cat neck pillow pattern? Watch the video tutorial or continue to read below for instructions and photos!

 Materials:

Do you fancy felines? Use this FREE cat neck pillow pattern to sew a travel pillow with adorable perky ears, a wobbly tail, contrast eyes and embroidered whiskers. Perfect for travelling with the whole family! #catpillow #neckpillowpattern #handmadecat

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Assemble the cat neck pillow pattern:

Do you fancy felines? Use this FREE cat neck pillow pattern to sew a travel pillow with adorable perky ears, a wobbly tail, contrast eyes and embroidered whiskers. Perfect for travelling with the whole family! #catpillow #neckpillowpattern #handmadecat

1. Sign up for the Cucicucicoo Newsletter (as explained above) for access to the reserved area with all the free downloads. (Or, if you’re already signed up, check the last Newsletter that you’ve received for the info and password.) Download and print the neck pillow template pdf.

Assemble the six pages so that the triangles form diamonds and cut out the pieces that you need. (The video above shows how to assemble the pattern.)

Do you fancy felines? Use this FREE cat neck pillow pattern to sew a travel pillow with adorable perky ears, a wobbly tail, contrast eyes and embroidered whiskers. Perfect for travelling with the whole family! #catpillow #neckpillowpattern #handmadecat Cut out the pieces. Here I am sewing the adult size, which is best for ages 7 and up.

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Sew the cat neck travel pillow:

Do you fancy felines? Use this FREE cat neck pillow pattern to sew a travel pillow with adorable perky ears, a wobbly tail, contrast eyes and embroidered whiskers. Perfect for travelling with the whole family! #catpillow #neckpillowpattern #handmadecat 2. Trace the strap piece twice onto the non-sticky side of the fusible interfacing, leaving a small amount of space between them. Cut them out, again leaving a bit of margin around the lines.

3. Iron the rectangles on to the wrong side of the fabric, sticky/shiny side down, using the ironing cloth to protect the iron. Make sure that the arrow on the pattern piece matches the fabric’s grainline. Then cut out the rectangles along the traced lines.

Do you fancy felines? Use this FREE cat neck pillow pattern to sew a travel pillow with adorable perky ears, a wobbly tail, contrast eyes and embroidered whiskers. Perfect for travelling with the whole family! #catpillow #neckpillowpattern #handmadecat 4. Place the pattern pieces for the pillow, tail and ear on two layers of fabric with their right sides facing. Again, the grainline must follow the arrow on the pattern and, if the fabric has a nap, make sure that it runs down towards the bottom of the pattern.

5. Trace around the pattern. You need to trace the ear twice. Mark where the tail will be inserted (black arrows). Remove the pattern and pin the fabric.

Do you fancy felines? Use this FREE cat neck pillow pattern to sew a travel pillow with adorable perky ears, a wobbly tail, contrast eyes and embroidered whiskers. Perfect for travelling with the whole family! #catpillow #neckpillowpattern #handmadecat 6. Fold each strap piece in half, then sew across the top and down the long side with a 1 cm (3/8″) seam allowance. Make sure that the fabric nap (if there is one) runs down towards the open end. Then sew along the line of the tail and ears. Notice, as the arrows show, that each piece has a short open side. (top photo)

7. Clip the top corners of the strap so that it will turn better. If you want to know more about clipping and notching, see this lesson on how to turn and topstitch. Then trim the fabric around the tail and ears.

Do you fancy felines? Use this FREE cat neck pillow pattern to sew a travel pillow with adorable perky ears, a wobbly tail, contrast eyes and embroidered whiskers. Perfect for travelling with the whole family! #catpillow #neckpillowpattern #handmadecat 8. Turn all these pieces right side out using a pen or large tweezers. (top picture)

9. Stuff the tail with memory foam* or any other stuffing. Don’t stuff to the very edge, though. Flatten the opening of the tail and sew it closed within the seam allowance (so, with a seam allowance of less than 1 cm (3/8″), as shown above. (bottom picture)

Do you fancy felines? Use this FREE cat neck pillow pattern to sew a travel pillow with adorable perky ears, a wobbly tail, contrast eyes and embroidered whiskers. Perfect for travelling with the whole family! #catpillow #neckpillowpattern #handmadecat 10. Mark the two lines showing where the tail will be inserted (A and B above). Then mark the center top (C), and a space about 6 cm (2 1/4″) long to the right (D and E). Insert the tail from between the two layers of fabric so that the edges are lined up with the edges of the pillow, between A and B above, and pin it in place. (top picture)

11. Sew around the pillow from E up to a little bit beyond the tail. When you are getting close to the tail, pull it higher up inside the pillow, where it won’t get in the way. Then insert the two strap pieces from the inside of the pillow with the raw edges lined up with the raw edges of the pillow at the center point C. (bottom picture)

Do you fancy felines? Use this FREE cat neck pillow pattern to sew a travel pillow with adorable perky ears, a wobbly tail, contrast eyes and embroidered whiskers. Perfect for travelling with the whole family! #catpillow #neckpillowpattern #handmadecat 12. Continue to sew all the way around up until point D. Then trim the edges.

Do you fancy felines? Use this FREE cat neck pillow pattern to sew a travel pillow with adorable perky ears, a wobbly tail, contrast eyes and embroidered whiskers. Perfect for travelling with the whole family! #catpillow #neckpillowpattern #handmadecat 13. Turn the pillow right side out.

14. Stuff the pillow with memory foam* or any other stuffing. Then close the hole with the ladder stitch. If you don’t know how to do the invisible stitch, read my sewing lesson here!

Adding the cat’s “face”:

Do you fancy felines? Use this FREE cat neck pillow pattern to sew a travel pillow with adorable perky ears, a wobbly tail, contrast eyes and embroidered whiskers. Perfect for travelling with the whole family! #catpillow #neckpillowpattern #handmadecat 15. With the cat ears right side out, flatten and overlap the open bottom.

16. Position the ears (with the overlapped bottoms) on the cat “head” and hand stitch them in place.

Do you fancy felines? Use this FREE cat neck pillow pattern to sew a travel pillow with adorable perky ears, a wobbly tail, contrast eyes and embroidered whiskers. Perfect for travelling with the whole family! #catpillow #neckpillowpattern #handmadecat 17. Cut out the shapes of eyes and nose from scrap fabric of a contrasting color. Position them on the cat’s face and sew them on around the edges by hand. (top picture)

18. Using the chenille needle* and the black DMC cotton pearl floss*, embroider the whiskers. (bottom picture) 

(Don’t forget, if you want to see these, as well as all the other, steps more in detail, watch the cat neck pillow pattern video.)

Do you fancy felines? Use this FREE cat neck pillow pattern to sew a travel pillow with adorable perky ears, a wobbly tail, contrast eyes and embroidered whiskers. Perfect for travelling with the whole family! #catpillow #neckpillowpattern #handmadecat 19. Pull the embroidery thread up through the center of one eye and make a series of vertical lines to create the cat’s pupils.

Do you fancy felines? Use this FREE cat neck pillow pattern to sew a travel pillow with adorable perky ears, a wobbly tail, contrast eyes and embroidered whiskers. Perfect for travelling with the whole family! #catpillow #neckpillowpattern #handmadecat 20. And finally, add two sets of snaps to the ends of the carry straps. Make sure that they overlap without twisting.

Do you fancy felines? Use this FREE cat neck pillow pattern to sew a travel pillow with adorable perky ears, a wobbly tail, contrast eyes and embroidered whiskers. Perfect for travelling with the whole family! #catpillow #neckpillowpattern #handmadecat And you are DONE! Isn’t that adorable?! How could you resist a face like that?

Do you fancy felines? Use this FREE cat neck pillow pattern to sew a travel pillow with adorable perky ears, a wobbly tail, contrast eyes and embroidered whiskers. Perfect for travelling with the whole family! #catpillow #neckpillowpattern #handmadecat Now that you have your very own unique neck pillow, you have a good excuse to go travelling! If you don’t love cats, or simply want to sew an easier neck pillow, make sure you head on over to my DIY neck pillow template PDF download and tutorial!

Do you fancy felines? Use this FREE cat neck pillow pattern to sew a travel pillow with adorable perky ears, a wobbly tail, contrast eyes and embroidered whiskers. Perfect for travelling with the whole family! #catpillow #neckpillowpattern #handmadecat So, are you convinced? Go download the cat neck pillow pattern (see the instructions in the “Materials” section above) and sew up a super fun and comfortable neck pillow for the people in your life who love cats!

This looks so comfy! Learn how to make a neck pillow from a sweatshirt in 10 minutes with stuffing and some snaps. Perfect for travel or a college student’s dorm room! #diypillows #pillowtutorialIf you want a whole different take on neck pillows, make sure you check out my easy repurposing tutorial on how to make a neck pillow from a sweatshirt! You really can’t beat this project in terms of how quick it is to make, and the sensation of being hugged is one of a kind!

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