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My daughter likes to take a warm wheat pack to bed with her (even when it isn’t very cold). I think half the comfort comes from the funny squishy-bumpy texture of the wheat inside the fabric. I decided that if she was going to get attached to a bag of wheat it might as well look cute, so I made this piggy. It’s now her constant companion in and out of bed. Just pop piggy in the microwave for a couple of minutes for instant warmth.

Finished Size

33 cm × 27 cm (13 in × 10 ½ in)

Tools

  • Tracing paper
  • Fabric marker
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Turning stick (or chopstick)
  • Sewing needle
  • Funnel

Materials

  • Body fabric – a 50 cm × 60 cm (20 in × 24 in) piece of fabric for the body. I think a textured fabric is best for feel and heat distribution, so corduroy or terry cloth work well. (I have used vintage white cotton chenille.)
  • Extra fabric – a 10 cm × 15 cm (4 in × 6 in) piece of contrast fabric for the snout and ear inserts. (I have used pink cotton chenille, but wool felt or any cotton or wool fabric would work fine.) A 15 cm × 15 cm (6 in × 6 in) piece of black pure wool felt for the hooves.
  • Stuffing – approximately 1 kg (2 lbs) of whole wheat grain (you can use culinary or pet feed).
  • Thread – colored sewing thread to match the body fabric, snout, and ears, and black to match the hooves; black embroidery thread for the nostrils, eyes, and tail.

Instructions

1. Trace and cut out the enlarged pattern using the template provided. Pin it to the appropriate fabric and cut out the pieces. (Pay attention to the grain of the fabric and make sure the fabric is oriented in the same direction for all pattern pieces.) You will need to cut 1 of each body shape (front, back, and lower body), 2 inner ear shapes, 1 snout shape, 4 hand hoof shapes and 4 foot hoof shapes from your fabric.

2. Using embroidery thread, embroider a few straight stitches on the snout to make nostrils (as marked on the pattern). Using a very tight zigzag stitch or appliqu’ stitch on the sewing machine, sew the snout to the front body shape (as marked). Embroider the eyes in black, using satin stitch (as marked). Attach inner ear pieces using a very tight zigzag or appliqu’ stitch (as marked).

3. Pin the back body piece and the lower body piece together, A to A and B to B (right sides facing). Sew from A to B, leaving an opening for turning right-side out and stuffing (as marked on the pattern). Pin the front body piece to this back body piece so the arms, legs, and ears match up (right sides facing), then sew together. Trim the points of the ears and nick around the curved edges for a smoother finish after turning rightside out. Turn right-side out, using a turning stick for the tight corners if necessary.

4. Using the funnel, fill the body with wheat. Sew the stuffing opening closed using a whip stitch.

5. For each of the hooves, pin the 2 matching pieces together (right sides facing), and sew, leaving the straight edge open for turning right-side out. Turn rightside out. Place each hoof over one of the pig’s hands or feet and sew in place using a back stitch.

6. Using a simple back stitch and black embroidery thread, embroider a curly tail on the pig’s bottom (as marked on the pattern).

Piggy Bed Warmer stuffed toy project originally by Suzie Fry {Soozs – soozs.blogspot.com}

Reprinted from More Softies Only a Mother Could Love: 22 Hapless but Lovable Friends to Sew an Crochet, edited by Jess Redman and Meg Leder by arrangement with Perigee, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., Copyright (c) 2007 by Penguin Group (Australia).

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