This Valentine's Day, I thought it would be fun to use up some of my softest felted sweaters on a pair of hugging pillows.
A set of nesting mixing bowls you are comfortable running a rotary cutter around
A rotary cutting mat and cutters
Castoff cloth dinner napkins a little larger than the largest bowl, or other lining fabric
Soft felted wool sweaters, enough to provide at least four circles cut around the largest bowl
Yarn for blanket stitching the pillow covers over the pillow
(I did that because the super soft sweater I wanted to use for Side B features a delicate eyelet lace pattern not entirely lost in the felting. Bit of a visual waste of the stripey underlayer but it wasn't really soft enough for a pillow on its own, and it does provide a lot of extra squish factor. I put the wrong side up for nicely blurred stripes, a different sort of soft.)
Then cut out any embellishments, like a heart or a pocket.
This is where the cats come in. While I pressed everything and stitched the embellishments down (layer by layer so as not to accidentally stitch your pocket down in the middle without thinking, as has happened to me but not, thankfully, this time) I plotted what I could possibly make to tuck into the pockets. A small stuffed animal made sense, and what can I say? I like cats. Probably should have gone for a long skinny shape to fit into the pocket better, but hey.
Back to the pillows. Stitch around most of the circle about as far in as you expect to do your blanket stitching later, leaving a gap big enough to push through stuffing,
Hope your Valentine's Day has hugs in it!