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Jabba the Hutt Pillow

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You’d be hard pressed to find someone—in this or any other galaxy, no matter how far, far away—who is not a fan of Star Wars, and the insta-classic from 1977 is now a franchise that clearly needs no introduction. Bonnie Burton is an aficionado of the highest order and, as a lucky Lucasfilm employee, keeper of the StarWars.com kids section. Since 2004, she’s been posting regular craft projects bringing beloved characters—and Jar Jar Binks—to googly-eyed life, and recently released The Star Wars Craft Book, the very first published collection of Star-Wars-themed how-tos.

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  Here's the little guy, all finished.
    Here's the little guy, all finished.
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  Materials! Here's what you'll need to make it happen:• 1/3 yard green fabric. I used a light cotton twill, but Bonnie used fleece in the book. Anything goes!
• 1/4 yard tan fabric
• Orange, black, and tan felt. I bought a square of each, but you don't use much!
• Embroidery floss in green, black, orange, and tan
• Scissors
• Straight pins
• Chalk or white charcoal pencil (optional)
• Sewing machine (optional)
    Materials! Here's what you'll need to make it happen:
    • • 1/3 yard green fabric. I used a light cotton twill, but Bonnie used fleece in the book. Anything goes!
    • • 1/4 yard tan fabric
    • • Orange, black, and tan felt. I bought a square of each, but you don't use much!
    • • Embroidery floss in green, black, orange, and tan
    • • Scissors
    • • Straight pins
    • • Chalk or white charcoal pencil (optional)
    • • Sewing machine (optional)
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  Fold the green fabric in half, width-wise, and draw out your Jabba shape in chalk.
    Fold the green fabric in half, width-wise, and draw out your Jabba shape in chalk.
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  Cut out Jabba (you'll have two identical pieces of fabric).
    Cut out Jabba (you'll have two identical pieces of fabric).
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  Lay the tan fabric on top of the green, and cut out a piece that will be Jabba's face and belly. It doesn't have to be perfect! You can freehand this part, or draw your shape with chalk and then cut it out. Pin this to one layer of the green fabric.
    Lay the tan fabric on top of the green, and cut out a piece that will be Jabba's face and belly. It doesn't have to be perfect! You can freehand this part, or draw your shape with chalk and then cut it out. Pin this to one layer of the green fabric.
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  Sew the tan fabric onto one of the green pieces. I tucked a teensy bit under for a little hem and used a sewing machine, but you could just as easily hand stitch this part.
    Sew the tan fabric onto one of the green pieces. I tucked a teensy bit under for a little hem and used a sewing machine, but you could just as easily hand stitch this part.
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  Close up of the sewing machine stitches.
    Close up of the sewing machine stitches.
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  Jabba's facial features are pretty straightforward. You'll need: four tan half-circles for his eyelids; two black almonds for his pupils; two orange circles for his eyes; two watermelon seed shapes for his nostrils; and a mouth. (I cut this mouth out but I was doing this project in the backyard and it blew away, so eagle-eyed readers will notice he ends up with a different smirk)
    Jabba's facial features are pretty straightforward. You'll need: four tan half-circles for his eyelids; two black almonds for his pupils; two orange circles for his eyes; two watermelon seed shapes for his nostrils; and a mouth. (I cut this mouth out but I was doing this project in the backyard and it blew away, so eagle-eyed readers will notice he ends up with a different smirk)
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  Lay out his face the way you want it.
    Lay out his face the way you want it.
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  Pin his features into place, then hand-stitch them on, matching the embroidery floss to the feature.
    Pin his features into place, then hand-stitch them on, matching the embroidery floss to the feature.
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  Here's how my Jabba's eyes look up close.
    Here's how my Jabba's eyes look up close.
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  And his funny face.
    And his funny face.
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  Pin the right sides of the two green pieces together (Jabba's face will be on the inside). Once they're secure, sew around the outside edge, leaving a few inches open and un-stitched. When you've finished, turn Jabba inside out. At this point he's a pillowcase.
    Pin the right sides of the two green pieces together (Jabba's face will be on the inside). Once they're secure, sew around the outside edge, leaving a few inches open and un-stitched. When you've finished, turn Jabba inside out. At this point he's a pillowcase.
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  Stuff Jabba through the small, unstitched hole you left.
    Stuff Jabba through the small, unstitched hole you left.
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  When he feels the right fluffiness, stitch the opening up with the green embroidery thread.
    When he feels the right fluffiness, stitch the opening up with the green embroidery thread.
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  I have to admit, arms were an afterthought for me. Were I doing this again, I'd cut them out, stuff them, then stick them in before step 12, so they'd be part of the seam. It still worked this way, though. Double up the green fabric, then draw, and cut out, two little arms.
    I have to admit, arms were an afterthought for me. Were I doing this again, I'd cut them out, stuff them, then stick them in before step 12, so they'd be part of the seam. It still worked this way, though. Double up the green fabric, then draw, and cut out, two little arms.
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  Stuff the arms, leaving some space and empty fabric up towards the open end.
    Stuff the arms, leaving some space and empty fabric up towards the open end.
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  I hand stitched these on where the seam hit on the sides. Hahaha, lookit this guy! What a goof!
    I hand stitched these on where the seam hit on the sides. Hahaha, lookit this guy! What a goof!
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  And here's Jabba, just chilling with his new pillow pals in his new home, my sofa. I have to admit, just looking at him makes me laugh, and he's actually a comfy addition to the living room scene.
    And here's Jabba, just chilling with his new pillow pals in his new home, my sofa. I have to admit, just looking at him makes me laugh, and he's actually a comfy addition to the living room scene.
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  Here's Bonnie proudly posing with her Acklay head and Jabba the Hutt body pillow.
    Here's Bonnie proudly posing with her Acklay head and Jabba the Hutt body pillow.
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  And the book! Guaranteed good times inside!
    And the book! Guaranteed good times inside!

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