As mentioned earlier, Pia came home from school on Tuesday with her head filled with pillow pets. Until that point I wasn’t really sure what a pillow pet was. I had heard a couple of small children mention them, but had yet to see them with my own eyes. But whatever they were, Pia was smitten and wanted one. So, as is my custom, I said we could make one. I realize that this will only cut it for a precious few more years, if that. At some point her mom’s handmade version will not be an acceptable replacement for the ‘real’ thing. So I am relishing every project that I get to undertake until then.
I googled pillow pets and discovered that they are exactly what the name implies. Pia started out wanting a donkey, but wanted it red. And blue. As luck would have it I happened to have both colors in my stash, in fuzzy soft velour. As the project went on it was unclear whether it was a doggie or a donkey she wanted, but it didn’t really matter as she was most focused on making sure I didn’t forget to add the strap. The strap is apparently the most important part of the pillow pet and once the pet was finished she found much joy in showing me how it converts from pillow to pet, all by the simple doing and undoing of a strap of velcro.
Here Pia demonstrates the pillow:
And here the ‘pet’ models on its own, strap securely fastened beneath his pillow belly (and yes, he is cross-eyed, and yes, he has a 5-inch-long tongue):
I eagerly await the day I get to meet a ‘real’ pillow pet as I would like to see how they are actually constructed. Happily, Pia thinks her handmade version is just fine. However she has taken to ordering it around which is totally weird, but a subject for another day.