Make Your Own Cuddle-Buddy Pillow

Or as we like to call him, "Slumberjack."

What's better than a solid 8-season, binge-worthy series on Netflix? Someone to watch it with. But if cuffing season left you high and dry last year, no worries. You too can spend this Valentine's Day curled up with a plate of snacks and a warm, cozy cuddle buddy. The best part? This one won't steal the covers.

What You'll Need

  • queen-size pillow
  • XXL men's button down shirt (plaid is the comfiest)
  • medium, long-sleeve men's t-shirt
  • cotton men's glove
  • fiber fill
  • fabric hot glue + glue gun
  • scissors
  • straight pins
  • sewing machine (optional, but recommended)

Hack Off One of His Arms

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

He won't need it! Place the queen-size pillow on top of your button-down shirt for reference, then cut a straight line from the shoulder seam all the way to the bottom of the shirt. Discard extra fabric.

Sew It

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Turn the shirt inside out and pin along the cut side, about an inch and a half in from the edge. From here, you can hand sew if you want, but you'll save about 30 minutes with a quick straight stitch from the sewing machine.

Sew the Collar Shut

If you haven't figured it out by now, you're essentially creating a pillowcase out of the plaid shirt. Finish it up by pinning the collar (image 1), then sewing it shut along the outermost edge. When you turn the shirt right-side out, it will look like image 2.

Make a Man-Shaped Pillow

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Stuff your queen-size pillow into the body of a medium, cotton men's long-sleeve t-shirt. Tuck the unnecessary arm inside the shirt, then stuff the other arm with fluffy fiberfill.

Give Him a Hand

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

No cuddle buddy is complete without a hand to hold, amirite? Stuff a cotton men's glove with fiberfill, then use fabric hot glue to attach it to the end of the stuffed arm. 

Button Him Up

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Turn the plaid shirt right-side out, undo the buttons, then slide the pillow inside. Button him back up and you've got yourself a custom cuddle buddy to keep you warm on those chilly February nights. Go ahead, delete your dating apps. You can thank us later. 

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