These pastel pillows are designed for any gauge. My free original pattern lists bulky yarn and a 10mm hook, but just swap that out with other yarn and a hook to match if you prefer, or if that’s what you’ve got on hand. I like the large size, not just because they make hug-able pill-ows, but because they make them extra-ridiculous.
This easy pattern is suitable for beginners. It’s worked in pieces, because modular bits are easier to carry about than one larger object, and to avoid any colour change issues. The pieces are whipstitched together with invisible thread, which as you can see, really is just about invisible!
The eyes are cut out of felt (a template is provided with the pattern, of course!) and glued on with the tiniest-possible amount of craft glue or PVA. If you intend your Happy Pill-ow as a gift for someone who might love it too hard, you could also reinforce the face with invisible thread.
I know that “happy pills” can be a mocking term, but please believe me that that’s not why I designed this pattern! I’m someone who hates taking her medicine. I make the first Happy Pill-ow to remind myself that the pills are there to help.
In fact, it’s a rare person who doesn’t rely on medicine at some point in their life. Almost everyone faces a disability during their lives. It’s one of those things, like grief, which can be super tough to deal with, but ultimately make us more human.
Try making these Happy Pill-ows in all-cotton, and sewing a liner filled with rice or wheat in the centre. Heated (very carefully!!!) in the microwave, they will make a fun heat-pack for all your ills.
These Happy Pill-ows work up quickly, so why not make more than one?
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