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Molly's Sketchbook: Little Lamb Pillows

Several years ago I drove through Europe in the Springtime and I will never forget seeing all the adorable  lambs frolicking in the fields. They were unbelievably, utterly cute. I wanted to get out of the car and pet each one we came across. Recently when I was thinking of a project to add some springtime cheer to my  apartment I kept thinking of the little lambs and decided to try my hand at making a lamb inspired throw pillow.

This project turned out to be even quicker and cuter than I imagined so I sewed my first little lamb a friend to play with. They add a whimsical touch of Spring cheer to any room!-- Molly


To make a set of two pillows:


Choose either the tan or the ecru felt as the body color of your first sheep. Cut the body shape from the  instructed on the template. Then using the chocolate felt use cut out the legs, ears and faces. You will have:

  • Two wool melton lamb bodies
  • Four felt legs
  • Two felt faces
  • Two felt ears


Pin the two face pieces together and edge stitch them to one another using matching thread. Do the same for the two pairs of legs. If you need a refresher on edge stitching you can click here. You will now have one face and two legs.

Pin the two sheep body pieces together. Place and pin the legs and face in between the two body layers as shown above.

Starting at the front leg, sew around the body shape  a 1/2-inch from the outside of the scalloped edge of the piece. When you get to the face sew carefully around the curve with a 1/4-inch seam allowance and then resume the 1/2-inch seam allowance once you get past the face. Stop sewing immediately after the back leg and make sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of the seam.

There should be an opening in between the sheep's front and back legs as shown above.

Stuffing and Finishing

Stuff the sheep through the opening. You are not trying to stuff it very full, instead try to keep the sheep laying flat. Use larger pieces of stuffing to avoid the pillow being lumpy.

Once you're done stuffing pin the opening closed.

Sew the opening closed with your sewing machine, using the matching thread. Try to start and end the seam so it overlaps the previous seam neatly and looks like one long line. Back stitch at the beginning and end of the seam.

Fold each ear piece in half just along it's short flat side. Tack them closed by hand using the matching thread.

Hand sew one of the ears into place and then repeat for the second.

Repeat all steps for the second color of wool melton and you're cute pair of lambs will be all done!

Reader Comments (41)

So adorable! I love this! My daughter will go bananas for one of these.
March 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSpiderWomanKnits
Molly: These is the most adorable project ever! You're awsome !
March 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandra Alcantara
I'm wondering what the fabric is for the woodgrain pillow in the background? Random.....
March 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlexa
Love your site!! Can't wait to make froggies!! Thank you!!
March 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
omg, they are too cute!!!
March 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertrisha
These are so cute! I must try making some of these. :)
March 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeb
I LOVE your projects! Please keep them coming!
March 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate Fichter
Did you make the faux bois pillow in the background? I want one!
March 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHolly
If my Jack Russell didn't treat this as a chew toy, I would make an entire flock of them (sorry, I couldn't resist). How cute is this for a pillow? You always come up with the most whimsical but practical items, Molly.
March 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZoeOB
Fantastic job! Thanks so much as always for sharing!! I'll definitely be linking back on my blog :)
March 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThePhantomMoon
These are really cute, thank you for the tutorial!

And I don't want to destroy your dream of cute and soft little lambs, but really, next time you see one, you shouldn't touch one, because they are anything BUT soft. Seriously, they are quite rough and greasy. But this probably makes them even more cute!! :-D
March 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaria
Seriously cute! I'm just finishing sewing the binding on a quilt for my 4 yo that was inspired by this beautiful fabric that looks like a water color painting from an old story book...the fabric being covered in...sheep! I think he may need one or two of these to go along with it. Besides, they are sure to get along with his sweater duck. :)
March 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermelody
Since my daughter's nursery theme is LAMBS I'm definitely going to have to make these pillows. Thanks!!!
March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecca
Thanks I'm going to link to you on my site.
March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEvaBabeDesigns
Love it. now I know what I am going to make this easter!
March 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercrys
This is SOOOO CUTE!!!!!!!!! In fact, the cutest thing I've seen in a while! I've just made two for my kiddies, my little lambs will sit in the nest of the Easter Bunny tomorrow morning. I know my kids will love it, it even made my husband smile, he couldn't help it! I've made two little changes - used soft fleece for the bodies, the kind which has little ridges and I sew on the ears before putting the two body parts together. Thanks for sharing such a great project, one of my favourites :)))

Agnes from Hungary
April 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBakarasz
HEY! these are super cute and i actually made a few! turned out really great and the instructions were easy to follow!!! i also did made one from pink polka dotted fleece and posted pix on my blog! i did add a link to your hope u dont mind! if ya want to check it out!
August 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterzhanna
I love this little lamb! I have two Shetland Sheep dogs who have been keeping me company at home lately. I'll have to make a flock of these for them and their Pup Pals! How can I post a photo?
February 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonika Jayne
How cute! The perfect gift for my newborn nephew! thanks for sharing!
March 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfraufertig
ooh, love these! how simple and cute. i wonder if these little ones can be tweaked for a goat love like myself!
March 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz B.
Hi Liz B-

We would love to see your goat version if you end up doing it.

Thanks for the comment!
March 23, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I love it! So simple and so cute!
Thank you very much!
April 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusuko
hi! are you selling this? i really want to buy a pair from you! (:
September 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMariska
Thank you so very much for this adorable little lamb. She will be a wonderful cuddly for a sick child. God bless. Bev
October 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly
I would love to make these for Christmas presents!! However, I can't find the wool fabric anywhere and I only see a dark color listed on here. Any suggestions for finding the wool fabric or can you suggest a substitute? These are perfect for little ones with sensory processing disorders (my daughter has SPD) and would love make tham. Thanks!!
November 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin Ayscue
Hi Erin-

We are no longer carrying the wool melton so I would recommend using the 100% wool felt. I have updated all the links above and suggested colors in the materials section.

Thanks for your question and good luck with the project!
November 7, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Do you stuff the face . If so when do you do it and how do you sew the face on the body
November 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermoni
Hi Moni-

You don't stuff the face. The face is made out of a single layer of wool felt.

Thanks for your question!

November 27, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
These are very cute! The template linked to does not match the pictures. The front and back of the body are very different than what is shown. Is this a mistake?
January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenny
Hi Jenny-

The front and back pattern pieces are meant to be taped together (as per the the instructions printed on them) to make one large pattern piece that you trace to cut the body pieces from the wool. Hope this makes sense. Please let us know if you have any more questions!

January 17, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
How do you sew the ears on so that you can't see the thread? I can't figure out what stitch I should use!

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
Hi Sarah-

You could use a running stitch, a whip stitch, or a cross stitch (that you sew over many times) if you sew in the dented fold part of the ear with matching thread any of those should be pretty invisible.

Thanks for your question!

May 11, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi. I LOVE all of your ideas. Is it ok if I link to you from my blog and use a couple of your gorgeus pictures to show what people can find inhere? :-)

Best regards
August 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte
You fell in love with sheep the same way I did! I once drove along the western coast of Ireland in early April -- bitter cold like I'd never felt before, pelting horizontal rain, waves of fog rolling in off the ocean... so dramatic! I LOVED IT! I think it was a little early for the lambs, but I certainly came away with new respect for sheep. They roamed a narrow strip of grass that tilted very sharply up toward the rocky cliffs above, ambling along and grazing placidly in this icy near-hurricane. How can something so cute also be so tough? :-) Thank you for this lovely pattern -- I'll make myself a small flock!
September 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarol
I am so in love with these guys! I have been looking for a project my 7-year old daughter can do "on her own" and this is it!! Thank you!!
March 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenny
I love these!! Thanks for posting, I'll definitely be trying them out :-D
March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHannah
I love it! Just made one and it's sooo cute: Thank you! :)
May 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAllen
So happy to have found this as I have to make a birthday pressie for Thursday and this is Monday night :) feeling happy
September 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlison
I just made one of these for a friend of mine..who's in her twenties, and I know she will love it. These are just so cute no matter how old you are! :)
September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathrine
so cute! I want to do this!!! :)
March 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commentervalentina
Thanks for such an adorable tutorial! I made one with recycled wool (felted sweaters), and blogged about it, linking back to your tutorial of course.
July 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterResweater

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