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Applique Hanging Circle Pillows--Cat Ears Tutorial

Aren't they just adorable? If you are here to find the applique pattern for the circle pillows, you have come to the right place. Be sure to click here to sign up for the newsletter and get the patterns!

The zip file you get includes instructions to add the cat ears to the circle pillows, but they are pretty basic, so I'm going to do a photo tutorial here. I also have a YouTube video if you want to watch a video, click HERE for that! This tutorial is JUST for adding the cat ears, if you would like the tutorial for the applique, click HERE. Be sure to bookmark this page if you prefer photo tutorials so you can come back to it!

You will want to start by cutting out your circle pieces and cat ear pieces. I also highly recommend appliqueing the cat face onto the front circle first. It'll be harder to do once the ears are on.

When you are ready, applique the inner ears to two of the outer ears, following the applique instructions (click here for the blog post). You'll then have two appliqued outer ears and two not appliqued outer ears.

Put these right side together, and sew all around the top edges, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, leaving the bottom open for turning and stuffing (side note, if you use minky like I did, there will be SO MUCH fuzz).

You can then trim the seam allowance to about 1/4 inch. I also like to trim the top corner, so it's as sharp as it can be with all fuzz, and just for fun and out of habit, clip into the seam allowance around the curves, as close to the seam as I can get.

Then turn it right side out. I like to use a large knitting needle to poke the top edge out.

Add just a little stuffing. You don't need too much, just enough to help it stand up. For reference, I think I have way to much stuffing in this picture. I needed maybe half. Maybe even a quarter. When you are done adding stuffing, if you like, you can baste the bottom edge closed. However, we'll also be basting it to the circle pillow, so if you want to wait, you can.

Eyeball the placement of the ears, and when you think you've got it right, clip or pin (I really recommend clips if you have them, but pins will work) the ears face down to the face. Baste them in place using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, and then finish making the circle pillow as instructed!

If you have questions, as always, please feel free to ask in the comments or email me at

I can't wait to see what you create!


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