One of my friends asked me to make a pillow that looks like a log. Her husband is a huge fan of “Twin Peaks,” and he loves pillows, so the project would be the perfect Christmas gift for him (that’s right, I made this in December!). This project was fun and easy – the kind of thing that’s relaxing when working on more complex things, like cosplay. Whether you enjoy the show or just want to see how to make a log pillow, here’s what I did:
I drafted the pattern by looking at other log pillows people had put on Etsy. Because it’s a cylinder, the log doesn’t require too many pieces. I ended up with four pattern pieces in total:
- The trunk (cut one, cut circles in the fabric).
- Branches (cut two).
- The ends of the Trunk (cut two).
- The ends of the branches (cut two).
Altogether, that gave me 7 pieces of felt.
Sewing it Together
With so few pattern pieces, I only had a few steps to complete. I used both my sewing machine and my serger for this project, as well as a simple needle and thread.
First, I created a woodgrain look on the pieces by sewing straight lines with my sewing machine. I used a gold-brown thread, altering my start and stop points and moving around “knots” in the wood. For the ends of the trunk, I sewed concentric circles to create that cross-section you’d see on a real log.
Next, I sewed the branches down the side, making cones. Then, I topped them off with the small circles. I simply placed the circles down on my sewing machine, put the branches on top (wrong side out) and sewed along the edge.
With both branches done, I attached them to the trunk by pulling them through the holes in the fabric and stitching around the holes. Then, I sewed up the side of the log.
Finally, I attached the ends of the log in the same way I did the ends of the branches, leaving a space to flip the whole thing outside-in.
Stuffing and Finishes
All of that left me with a limp log. I filled it with pillow fiber and closed the opening by hand using an invisible stitch.
The Finished Pillow
I really love how this turned out. The branches look like arms trying to hug you, so it’s certainly a cuddly pillow! Confession: I definitely snuggled it for a bit before giving it to my friend.