Bed bugs are taking over the universe!

Well not really. My kids have been bugging me for a few months now about getting them pillow pets. Rather than fork out more cash for yet another fad, I made a big deal about how fun it would be to come up with our own and make them ourselves. They bought it! And then they kept reminding me I came up with such a plan.

So, last night we sat down, came up with some design ideas and off to work I went creating what we like to call Bed Bugs. They’re pillow critters created to resemble some kind of bug… that yes, we invented. Imaginations tend to run wild over here sometimes.

Bed bugs by Jen Goode

Bed bugs by Jen Goode

First off is the cupcake ladybug. Her wings are covered in scrumptious cupcakes and little pink poka-dots and double as a big pocket to store those bedtime treasures. She’s got cute button eyes, little rosy cheeks and a soft purple belly just asking for a longer nap time. (We decided to forgo the feet.. they were just asking to be chewed on and pulled off.)

Ladybug Bed Bug by Jen Goode

Ladybug Bed Bug by Jen Goode

Then we have the less sweet and probably more fattening spider beetle bug, complete in super hero colors – to trick the good guys into thinking he’s friendly. My son mentioned something about “pillow pets have pockets” so I had to make sure this bug did too. Every wing is it’s own individual pocket (there are 4) , perfect for storing Hot Wheels, Bakugan and small tid-bits one finds as they sneak through Dad’s office drawers. This guy was lucky enough to gain a few extra eyes, deviating from the original plan – was already a rebel, even without a head.

Beetle Bed Bug by Jen Goode

Beetle Bed Bug by Jen Goode

Both critters are made of super soft fleece and filled with standard polyfil. I used buttons for eyes and felt and embroidery thread for the other facial accents. Each also has a velcro strap underneath to complete the closure.

I want to send special thanks to Elizabeth at TwelveCrafts who posted a tutorial how to make pillow buddies. I had the body figured out and thought I had the head and then failed miserably… her info helped me re-think and come up with the cute heads we ended up with.

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Stacey October 15, 2010 at 6:00 am

Those are so cute!! Great work!

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Phyllis Dobbs October 15, 2010 at 7:22 am

Jen, these are so adorable and fun! You did a great job and you kids will have a blast with them.

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BarPurple October 15, 2010 at 7:38 am

These are fab! Well done for getting your kids crafting. I love the spider, tho knowing little boys, (my son’s nine), I dread to think what you’re going to find in those pockets!

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Betty Smiuthgorski October 15, 2010 at 10:40 am

I just saw this on the favecraftsblog and I love this project. I think my son will love this when I finish it. So cute Jen!

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Karisa October 15, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Thanks for hopping with us! Your bed bugs are adorable (and timely haha!). I can’t wait to see what you make next month :)

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Randa Clay October 15, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Wow! They turned out so cute!

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moonduster (Becky) October 15, 2010 at 3:47 pm

These are so cute! You are so talented, Jen!

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gscrapbooks October 20, 2010 at 4:01 pm

These are adorable, my youngest would love them. Fantastic idea!

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Leslie October 20, 2010 at 11:01 pm

If I’m gonna have bed bugs, I’ll take those!! soooo cute!

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Cindy October 21, 2010 at 6:48 am

new to this, these bugs are so cute ! I’ve been looking for a DIY on these for some time now. Thank you

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elizabeth @ twelve crafts November 12, 2010 at 9:50 am

Okay . . . these are SOOOOOO CUTE! You did an incredible job. Love the orginality! And it was really kind of you to give a little shout out to twelve crafts.

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Ags February 3, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Cute, cute, cute!! You did a great job! I’ve just heard of pillow pets and did not know that they have pockets! Seriously? I’m planning on making one for my son but didn’t see or hear of pockets on the original pillow pets. Now I have to rethink/redo. Thanks for posting these. :))

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