Step 1: Determine what image you are going to use. I used a Yoshi headshot found on wiki. Find it on my pinterest board. I thought about doing Mario - but I didn't have the colors I needed.
Step 2: Enlarge and print your picture (I used B&W to save ink) using whatever software you are familiar with. I used Silhouette studio because I'm very familiar with that software. I created a box the size of my finished pillow and then sized the image to look good inside that box.
|Yoshi likes the garden!|
|Three color design - green, white and black|
- Decide what color is your background color (green) and what color goes on top next (white). Iron the freezer paper onto the top layer (white).
- Keep in mind that fleece melts if the iron is too hot. And the iron will not glide over fleece like plain cotton.
- Use the iron in one place at a time just long enough to get the freezer paper to adhere to the white fleece.
- Then place the white fleece over the green fleece and pin in place.
|White "jowls" trimmed, white eyeball area untrimmed, black fleece ready to applique on.|
Step 7: Carefully peel up the freezer paper so that you can use it again on the black layer of applique. Then use scissors to cut the excess white fleece away.
Step 8: Repeat the process for the black fleece (iron on freezer paper, pin in place, use short stitch to sew on, trim excess fabric).
|Ready to put on background fabric|
Step 9: Iron your second freezer paper outline onto your green yoshi face.
Step 10: Pin your yoshi face onto your background fabric (blue). I used a 16"x16" pillow form so I cut a blue piece of fleece 17x17 (actually I made a boo boo and cut it 16"x17", but lucky for me fleece stretches and I was still able to use a 16"x16" pillow form).
Step 11: Sew around the outline of Yoshi. I used a short straight stitch. Remove the freezer paper. Trim the excess green fleece. (I then decided I wanted a little more of a black outline around my design so I used a short zigzag over top of my straight stitch.)
Step 12: Finish your pillow top by adding the back fabric. I used the envelope method so I put two pieces of fleece 17"x10" overlapping in the middle and sewed all around the square.
|Peek a boo Yoshi!|
Step 13: Turn your pillow case right side out and stuff with your pillow form.
Hug your fleecy friend!