Introduction: Alien Facehugger Pillow Pet

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New from the Weyland-Yutani Corporation!!

With this cuddly companion in hand your children will no longer be scared when the Alien's invade. 
My daughter is obsessed with the AvP game.  She has beat it at least 20 times and loves to run around the house hissing and trying to run up walls like a Xenomorph.  So for her 8th birthday I made her a plush Alien, and that lead to the idea for a facehugger pillow pet.  But to make it a little more unique I added a egg shaped sleeping bag that could be rolled up and put in the tail.

Step 1: Picking Your Fabric.

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This project takes a small amount of fabric, but the color and style is not something most would have lying around.  I got my supplies at a fabric shop but even they didn't have exactly what I needed.

2 yards of tan/carmel  shaggy minky fabric

1 yard of light tan or white micro fleece

1 yard of white muslin or any light colored thin fabric you have laying around

twin size lightweight batting (for quilts)

1 bag of pillow stuffing

Optional Egg Sleeping Bag

2 yards of black fabric that is at least 60 inches in width.  I used a polyester that was very slippery to work with,  if you aren't confident in your sewing skills I wouldn't suggest it.

2 yards of green fabric, also at least 60 inches in width.  I used a lightweight cotton for this.  It is not quite as soft on the skin as the rest of the fabrics in the project, but it sews very well.



Step 2: Other Supplies.

Tools

Sewing machine (helpful but not necessary)
Measuring tape
Scissors
Pins
Sewing needles
Permanent marker
Seam ripper

Thread
 Off-white or tan
 Black (sleeping bag)
 Green (sleeping bag)
White Velcro 3ft
Thin Black Ribbon (sleeping bag)



Step 3: Preping the Fabric.

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If you are making the sleeping bag as well, prewash and iron your cotton unless you want a rumpled look. 

If you had a limited selection in the fabric store like I did then you probably will need this step.
My store didn't have micro fleece in a light tan color so I got a package of tan Rit Fabric Dye.  Follow the directions on the package.

Step 4: Make the Back

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This project involves a lot of layers.  This layering allows the body to take on more detail than a normal pillow or stuffed toy would be able to get otherwise.

Start with a 18"x21" rectangle of minky, a double layer of batting and muslin.
Drawing the pattern is easiest if you use the muslin.  You won't see that fabric on the final project so you can use a marker to make your lines.  Fold the muslin in half lengthwise making the 21" now 10 1/2".  Use pins to keep the fabric together and draw half of the pattern onto the muslin.  When you are happy with the drawing, flip the fabric over.  You should be able to see your lines through the thin muslin.  Trace your pattern and then unpin and lay flat.  If you are using a thicker fabric that you cannot see through, try using a thick permant marker.  Put the fabric on a piece of paper or two so you don't inadvertently draw on your table.  Go over your pattern a few times to let the ink bleed through to the other half of your fabric
Layer your fabric with the minky right side down, then the double layer batting and then the muslin drawing side up.
Pin all of your fabrics together and start sewing.
When you have completely outlined the pattern, cut small slits in the muslin and stuff with..well stuffing.
Sew up the slits (by hand) and set aside.

Step 5: Make the Stomach

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Start with a 17"x20" rectangle of micro fleece, and 8"x20" double layer of batting and muslin.

Once again draw your pattern the same as before.
Line up your batting and muslin at the bottom edge of the micro fleece and outline your pattern.
Slit the muslin and stuff.

Make the Proposcis cut out a rectangle of micro fleece and batting 4"x6".
Fold the right sides together so the 6" is now 3" and sew on the edge.
Turn half of the fabric inside out so there is micro fleece on both sides of your cylinder.
Hand sew the raw edge onto the stomach.

Step 6: Top of the Tail

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The tail can be different lengths depending on whether you want to add the extra sleeping bag. 
The size for my tail is the same height at my daughter plus 10", so it will be 68"
This will be another round of layering so cut out the same of batting, minky and muslin.
Your fabric will need to be 68" long and 8" wide.
You will need to mark it every 3 inches and sew a line across to bind your layers together and give the tail the segmented look. 
If you have to use more than one length of fabric then start marking your 3" lines from that seam so it won't looked messed up in your final project.

Step 7: Underside of the Tail

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The bottom of the tail is made up of two lengths of micro fleece.  One is 6" in width and 60" long. The other is 3" in width and 50" long.
I had to learn the hard way that it is much easier to sew the Velcro on first before attaching it to the rest of the tail.
Cut your 3ft of Velcro in to even pieces around 4" each.
Measure 8" down from the top (the side you will be attaching to the body) and mark with a pin.
Attach your first piece of Velcro at your mark.
Measure 15" from the bottom of the 6" width and attach another piece of Velcro.
Evenly space the rest of your Velcro pieces in between these two.


Step 8: Putting the Body Together.

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This part is easiest to do by hand. 
Cut off the excess fabric so that you have a 1 inch selvage. 
Cut into the corners without going past the stitching. 
Line up your top and bottom wrong sides together.
Tuck in the selvage and sew away,  both of these fabrics hide bad stitching very well.
Leave the bottom where the tail attaches open.

Step 9: Putting the Tail Together

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Starting with the 6" wide micro fleece place the right sides together and sew together until you reach the last Velcro strip.
Completely attach the 3" strip to the right side.
Hand sew the tip of the tail by folding the mircofleece under to bring it to a point. 
Do the same to the minky to form the end.

Step 10: Fingers

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Cut out 8 of each piece and put them right sides together.
Sew one side together along the edge then pin the other edge and sew.
Turn inside out and stuff then hand sew the tips of the fingers.
Attach the fingers to the body by hand.
Measuring from the base, sew in lines at 3.5", 5", 8" and 9"

Step 11: Egg Sleeping Bag

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I am showing this project in miniature so that the assembly is easier to understand.

Cut your black and green fabric to the height of the child (or adult) you are making this for.  Edge A 
The other edge should be at or more than 30 inches for a child.  Edge B
Also cut out a double layer of batting the same size at your fabric.

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Layer your fabric with the green and black right sides facing each other and the batting on the bottom.  Pin along Edge A and sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. 

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Lay the fabric open like a book and then fold to the right side of the black is on the top and the batting is sandwiched in between both fabrics.

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Pin along sewn edge and sew.  Keep your non slippery fabric on the bottom.

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Continue sewing (quilting) every 2 inches, leaving the last 2 inches on the opposite edge open.

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Cut the batting out of the last 2 inches.

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Place the sew edge into the place where you cut the batting out and pin together.  Fold the green fabric and sew together the black fabric and batting along the top.  You will probably have to remove a few stitches to fold the fabric down.  Fold the green fabric back together and hand sew it for a finished edge.

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Fold the unfinished edge under and pin.  Hand sew for a nice finish.

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Remove the pins and turn the sleeping bag inside out and repeat the last step with the black fabric.

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Cut out a rectangle of black and green fabric that is 10" x 32" (or 2" longer than your Edge B).  This will be the top of the egg.

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Fold in half and pin.  Then fold again leaving 1" to the side.

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Cut at a 45º angle from the top left corner (shown in this picture as the middle because my fabric was to big).  Repeat with the black fabric.
 
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Put the fabric together right sides facing and sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Turn inside out.

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Pin the black fabric to the top of sleeping bag with the points facing down.  Sew along the top.

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Turn the bag inside out and hand sew the green to the sleeping bag.

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Tuck the bottom points in to create a rounded bottom and enjoy your new sleeping bag!!









Step 12:

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Enjoy your new friend, a much safer alternative to a real facehugger.

Comments

borut.kozel (author)2015-12-22

damn, thats ...BIG :D . AS big fan of Aliens, i guess, i ll have to do one huggy :D. though im scared of thinking how much work will take to make one big aprox 6 feet :P. very well made tut, hats down to you :D .

facehugger638 (author)2015-04-01

I am obsessed with Alien and Aliens too, like your daughter. Please make a regular one. I see that everyone who posted kind of wants one. I do too.

facehugger638 (author)2015-04-01

I would very much like a regular Xenomorph. Please make one soon.

dkéri (author)2013-01-31

Hi dear! Your pillow is a bit creepy for me, but otherwise it is well-constructed and wellmade. Congratulation! =) However, my quiestion is the following: Don't you have a tutorial for the "simple" alien? The black one is nicer to me than the facehugger, and my boyfriend would appreciate an alien plushie for sure. Pleease, I wish to make one for him. ^^ I hope that you can help me.:)

AlexLPD (author)2012-12-18

Very nice ible, I will make a pillow and I was wondering how to make some details on it. And well this is how :)

jadekikyo (author)2011-09-07

Excellent ible! The layering technique is brilliant! Thanks for sharing your creative genius.

rhino (author)2011-07-10

I wake up Monday mornin',wishin' I was in my bed.
But I'm sitting in a spaceship with a face hugger sucking on my head.
God knows I don't want to be here and it sure won't be no fun.
When the alien eats it's way out of my tummy and takes off on the run.

Terry_Jim (author)rhino2011-07-10

Take this face and hug it.
I ain't usin it no more.
One o these days , the alien spawn
will make my chest a door.
'Used to fly around space for the company,
meeting women by the score,
Take this face and hug it.
I ain't usin it no more.
-Johnny Xcmurggszx, country singer

bajablue (author)Terry_Jim2011-07-13

LOL!!!! You both are hilarious!!!!

RegretfulBanana (author)bajablue2011-08-02

Wait... is that tik tok or friday :P (im so stupid)

RegretfulBanana (author)2011-08-02

Now all we need is a headcrab!

M.C. Langer (author)2011-07-12

The finalists of the Comic Contests are Alien (pillow) Vs. Predator (helmet). I think this is funny!!! (by the way, amazing job! I'm the Predator's author)

Kaisei13 (author)M.C. Langer2011-07-12

Yes my project is your project's greatest enemy. I love your mask! Good luck to you!

M.C. Langer (author)Kaisei132011-07-12

Thanks, my dear enemy!!! The same for you!!! :-)

Kaisei13 (author)2011-07-12

Thank you so much for all your kind words!

amoebarising (author)2011-07-11

So.. do you have an instructable of the Alien Plush toy itself? The facehugger is awesome but would love to know how you did the Alien.

Kaisei13 (author)amoebarising2011-07-11

I will try to get that instructable out in a few weeks or so. I forgot to take pictures when I was making it so I will either have to make another or take it apart and redo it.

amoebarising (author)Kaisei132011-07-11

That would be magnificent. My 7 and 10 year old kids are obsessed with the AVP game as well. As soon as they saw your instructable they needed one. Not wanted but needed. Look forward to seeing the Alien instructable. Thanks.

Kaisei13 (author)amoebarising2011-07-11

Well since it is needed I will endeavor to get it done quickly. I was also planning on making a removable queen's crest for the plushie as well.

amoebarising (author)Kaisei132011-07-11

The queens crest would be fantastic!!

pop88 (author)2011-07-11

Hello
You are an artist

Mojo_JoJo (author)2011-07-10

How bout a blanket with that alien thingy sticking out of ones chest....
Sweet dreams :-D

ladyk5dragon (author)2011-07-10

so cute!!!!!! must make this to go with our collection of "Things that ought not be toys"!!! Thank you for the instructable.

emerson.john (author)2011-07-10

You are a cool mom. I like this.

andreiagui (author)emerson.john2011-07-10

Agree!!!!

Kaisei13 (author)andreiagui2011-07-10

Thank you so much!

ekardell (author)2011-07-10

Cool! I have an Ikea white fake fur sofa cover that I want to give away. If anyone is interested, you could use it for this. I can cut it into four or six pieces. I just need to get postage.

Jindivik (author)2011-07-10

That is one of the best things I have seen on this site. Like the idea a few posts up about the velcro or magnets too.

teachnlearn! (author)2011-07-06

This is really cool!

RedneckEngineer (author)2011-07-05

Love it! You should add some small velcro buttons on the ends of the arms so they can hold your head for added realisim. I'm sure your daughter would love that.

Kaisei13 (author)RedneckEngineer2011-07-06

Or maybe sewing in rare earth magnets. So you wouldn't get the scratchyness of Velcro.

RedneckEngineer (author)Kaisei132011-07-06

Yea I thought about the magnets after I posted, figured either way would be good. The magnets would be better than velcro because you wouldn't see them either.

Kaisei13 (author)RedneckEngineer2011-07-05

Thank you! That is an awesome idea!

Kaisei13 (author)2011-07-06

Yes. Yes I did.

bahi (author)2011-07-06

Hahaha really great

acbatman54 (author)2011-07-06

Another sewing masterpiece!!! Well done! :)

mikeasaurus (author)2011-07-05

Nice!
But, no secret compartment on the underside filled with eggs?

kristylynn84 (author)2011-07-05

so cuuuuuuuuuute :D

cloudifornia (author)2011-07-05

This freaks me out. You get my vote but keep that thing away from me!!! ;-O)

screeching crow (author)2011-07-05

haha nice

splazem (author)2011-07-05

This is so awesome.

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