Introduction: Pajama Frog: PJs Holder and Cuddly Pillow
The Pajama Frog is basically a backpack in which only the front zippered pocket is accessible. The larger portion of the backpack is stuffed with poly-fill and sewn shut.
Anti-pill fleece makes it cuddly and washable; PJs pocket makes it functional; frog eyes and legs make it silly-cute.
You will need:
30” x 60” of green anti-pill fleece
10” x 12” of yellow anti-pill fleece
Small scraps of black and white fleece for eyes
30" x 32” of contrasting fabric for pocket
18” x 21” of quilt batting, for added padding, if desired
Step 1: Cut Out Pattern Pieces
Cut out pattern pieces (see PDF pattern).
Step 2: Eyelids
Press under 1/4" on notched edge of eyelid.
Top-stitch eyelid to white eyeball circle, aligning raw edges.
Step 3: Stitch Black Eye to White Eyeball Circle.
Step 4: With Right Sides Together, Using 3/8" Seam Allowance, Stitch Back of Eye (solid Green Circle) to White Eyeball, Leaving 1-2” Open at Bottom for Turning.
Step 5: Stuff Eyeball
Turn right side out; stuff with polyester fiberfill, leaving stuffing sticking out of hole, for stability, to keep eyes from flopping around too much after you attach them to the backpack.
Step 6: FRONT LEGS: Stitch Circular Yellow “toe Pads” to Front Legs.
Step 7: Join Leg Pieces
With right sides together, using 3/8" seam allowance, stitch solid green leg section to leg section with yellow toe pads, leaving one side of leg open. Clip notch between toes; trim curves around toes.
Step 8: Turn Leg Right Side Out
Stuff toes with polyester fiberfill. Handstitch open side of leg. Stuff the rest of the leg.
Step 9: Back Legs
With right sides together, using 3/8" seam allowance, stitch two leg pieces together around the curved edges, leaving straight side open for turning and stuffing. Turn right side out. Stuff with polyester fiberfill. Stitch straight edge closed, using 5/8” seam allowance.
Step 10: Handle (optional)
Using a 10" x 4" strip of fabric, fold long edges in toward center; press. Fold in half lengthwise; press again. Top-stitch close to long edge.
Step 11: Quilt Batting (optional)
If using quilt batting for extra padding, sew quilt batting to wrong side of upper front and lower front.
Step 12: Belly
Press under ¼” on rounded edge of frog’s belly.
Step 13: Attach Belly to Front
Pin belly to right side of lower front, aligning straight edge of belly with bottom edge of lower front, matching centers. Top-stitch along curved edge of belly.
Step 14: Attach Front Legs
Pin front legs over belly at curved edge. Stitch with zig-zag stitch.
Step 15: Zipper and Pocket 1
Pin closed zipper, face down, to upper edge of lower front (outside of fabric), with zipper tape about ¼” from upper edge. Place zipper tab 5/8" from raw edge. Machine baste zipper in place, ½” from fabric edge.
Step 16: Attach Pocket 1 to Lower Front
Pin Pocket 1 to upper edge of lower front, over zipper. Using zipper foot, stitch ½” from raw edge.
Step 17: Turn Pocket 1 to Inside
Press; top stitch close to upper edge.
Step 18: Zipper and Pocket 2
(Pocket 2 is just like Pocket 1, except that you are stitching the other side of the zipper.)
Pin other side of zipper to bottom edge of upper front, with zipper face down and zipper tape ¼” from lower edge. Baste zipper in place, ½” from fabric edge.
Pin Pocket 2 to bottom edge of upper front, over zipper. Stitch, using zipper foot, ½” from raw edge. Turn pocket to inside; press; top stitch.
Step 19: A Word About the Pocket Fabric
As you can see, Pocket 1 and Pocket 2 can be cut from any fabric (here, a scrap of green was available). Back pocket is cut from a pink polka-dot fat quarter, because it is the fabric that shows when the frog's mouth is open.
Step 20: Pocket Back
With zipper closed, pin pocket back to upper and lower front, matching centers and raw edges. The right side of the pocket back fabric faces the pocket front.
Now you are attaching all layers of front together: the outside green fleece, the front pocket, and the pocket back. Baste, using 3/8” seam allowance.
Step 21: Gusset
With right sides together, stitch upper gusset to lower gusset, using 5/8" seam allowance.
Step 22: Attach Gusset to Front
Pin gusset to front, matching top and bottom centers of gusset to top and bottom centers of front. Stitch, using 5/8" seam allowance.
Step 23: Attach Optional Handle
Stitch handle to back on the outside at placement mark.
Step 24: Attach Rear Legs
Pin back legs to back piece, raw edges even, using pattern placement markings. Baste, sewing along straight edge of leg piece, using 5/8" seam allowance.
Step 25: Attach Eyes
Pin eyes to back, raw edges even, green backs of eyes against outside of back (the side with the handle). Baste eyes to back.
Step 26: Attach Gusset to Back
Pin gusset to back, right sides together, matching centers, using 5/8" seam allowance. Stitch, leaving 5” opening at bottom (large enough to get your hand in) for turning and stuffing.
Step 27: Turn and Stuff
Turn backpack right side out. Stuff with polyester fiberfill. Hand stitch bottom opening closed.