Here’s a cute no-sew craft: A Calico Cat Pillow or Doorstop! We tested all the fabric glues we could find and discovered the glue that works best. Plus we have a tip to turn the pillow into a doorstop.
How To Make a Calico Cat Pillow or Doorstop
2 Blue buttons
Pink satin ribbon
Crystal heart shank button
Aleen’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Materials To Make Doorstop
1. Wash, dry, and iron the fabric. This is a really important step! We tested glues on unwashed fabric and the pieces easily peeled apart. Once we washed the fabric, most glues held well. But in our test, Aleen’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue worked the best. Even better than glues labeled as fabric glues!
2. Print out the template and cut it out. Cut two pieces of fabric using the template.
3. Put a line of glue all the way around the cat-shaped fabric on the good side leaving a three-inch gap in one side. (We put the template behind the fabric and did the glue line on the inside line of the template.) Lay the second kitten shape face down on the glued one so the good sides are facing each other. Let dry completely. (We let the fabric glue dry overnight.)
4. Turn the fabric right side out. Stuff the cat pillow with poly-fil. We overstuffed ours a little and like how that looks.
5. Glue the opening closed by turning the hem inside and lining it with glue. Pin it closed until it dries.
6. Glue on the eyes. Cut a nose from pink ribbon. Glue it on. Tie a pretty bow around the cat’s neck. Glue a crystal heart onto bow.
Here’s the template we made. Feel free to download it, print it, and use it!
To turn the pillow into a doorstop, place a bag of sand in the bottom as you are stuffing it with polyfill. We tried a few different bags and preferred the very cheap fold-over sandwich bag because it is so thin and flexible. We filled the bag with sand and closed it with a rubberband.
Jennifer & Kitty
We love getting Pinned!