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Meepillows!

Ambie
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San Mateo
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In case you haven't seen, there's a Kickstarter right now for "Meepillows", which are basically stuffed animals/pillows in the shape of meeples. I don't really back Kickstarters... the one time I did, a newer (better) edition of the game came out at Target for cheaper than the Kickstarter price, so that made me a little sad.

Anyway, I had been wanting to make a meeple-shaped stuffed toy before the Kickstarter came out, and then seeing it made me realize that a pillow is way better than just a stuffed toy! Since they have the dimensions on the site, I decided to try making my own.

I bought the materials (fabric, thread, stuffing) at Joann's. The fabric was really soft fabric. I couldn't find fabric that looked right for it, so I got some fleece type stuff that's apparently used for blankets - the lady at the checkout was sad that I was using it for a pillow. Anyway, it was a little pricey, so this could be made for a lot cheaper. I also used Joann's coupons (60% off and 50% off - always use these!). I bought two different colors. I made a blue one so far and I'm planning on making a red one for my husband.

From gallery of ambierona
From gallery of ambierona


I already have a sewing machine and pins, but I don't sew that often, so the pillow could probably be made better. Using the dimensions on the Kickstarter, I made my own pattern. Then it was just a matter of cutting out the fabric, sewing it together, and stuffing it. The total process probably was about 2-3 hours of work (I still haven't finished sewing off the stuffing hole - need to figure out how squishy I want it), so it was pretty simple to make.

From gallery of ambierona


But as you can see from the picture, it doesn't look as meeple-ish as the ones in the Kickstarter. I'm not sure how they got the sharp edges on the pillows, especially around the neck (maybe they have stiffer fabric, or some reinforcement?), but I think the Kickstarter ones look nicer. The prices for the Kickstarter are actually reasonable, so in this case (if you want a Meepillow), it is probably better to buy it from the Kickstarter, instead of experimenting with your own (unless you already know how you'd make the edges nicer), since you'd probably have to make multiple ones!

Anyway, the project was fun, so I'm glad I did it. Also, I'm planning on making a purple mini meepillow later on when my husband and I have a kid (red + blue = purple)! So this way I can have more flexibility in what meepillows (and maybe later, animeepillows) I have.

Cost: ~$20 for materials for two (more than enough materials), so probably ~$8, but could be cheaper (~$3-6) with cheaper fabric.
Time: 2-3 hours
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