This pillow is far less time consuming that a quilt, and just as awesome!
MATERIALS: 1 yard red fleece, ¼ yard black fleece, ¼ yard cream fleece, tiny scrap of fleece (for background block), 2 gold buttons, thread
STEP 1: First I made my Mario pattern (which also doubles as a Luigi pattern!). I taped several pieces of paper together so I had a big square. I drew a grid with 1 inch squares, 16 squares per side (probably shouldn’t have used black paper, but I have an abundance of it).
STEP 2: Using this image I drew the outline of Mario and cut it out. I used this shape to cut out 2 pieces of red fabric adding an extra 5/8 inch border for the seam allowance. This is the front and back of the pillow.
STEP 3: Then I outlined each block of color on the pattern and cut them out. I labeled each piece as I cut, so I could easily identify the shape and orientation. (I also added an inch square for the background color between Mario’s hat and nose, I made it blue, but any contrasting color will work)
STEP 4: I cut 1 piece of the corresponding fabric color for each pattern piece, then arranged and pinned them onto the front of the pillow according to the Mario pattern. I sewed each piece in place, then added 2 gold buttons to Mario’s overalls. I pinned the front and back of the pillow with right sides together and sewed around the edge leaving a few inches. I then turned the pillow right side out, stuffed it, and then stitched up the gap.
I’ve made this pillow for 2 different video game lovers and they both adored it! I made a matching Luigi pillow the first time, and just like in the image above, both faced different directions. So they looked awesome sitting together on a couch! (Wish I had taken a picture)