Use a few simple stitches to transform ordinary pillowcases into adorable yarn faces. We have three free templates that will make your stitching a breeze.

Turn solid color pillow cases into insanely cute yarn faces with our three free templates. The patterns are easy to transfer, and we’ll show you the best stitches to use for each step. The hardest part of this project will be choosing which colors of yarn to use!

  • Working time 45 mins
  • Start to finish 1 hr
  • Difficulty Kind of Easy
  • Involves Sewing

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How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Transfer pattern

Print and cut out the face pattern you want to use—or draw your own! Lay a solid, square pillowcase down flat, then lay a piece of transfer paper over the top of it with the carbon side down. Place the pattern on top and use a pencil to trace the pattern so the design transfers onto the pillowcase.

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Step 2

Stitch faces

Thread an arm's length piece of yarn through a yarn needle and tie a knot at one end. Poke the needle through the fabric from the inside (so the knot is hidden on the inside of the pillowcase) and stitch along the pattern you've marked. Be careful to only stitch from the inside to the top layer—otherwise you'll sew the pillowcase shut! We used the following stitches for each part of the pattern: back stitch for straight lines, split stitch for hair, satin stitch for mouth, and French knots for freckles. Use these stitches to add different textures to the faces, or use a regular straight stitch to follow the pattern.

different designs of pillows with yarn faces
Step 3

Finish and display

When your face pattern is complete, knot all loose ends on the inside of the pillowcase. Gently stuff the pillowcase with a pillow insert in the corresponding size, then put your new pillow face on display!

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