Back in the day, one might have used a hot water bottle covered in a washable knitted or sewn cover to keep warm on a cold night or to soothe tired muscles. These days, little pillows filled with wheat, rice, or another grain that you can warm in a microwave are available for this purpose–and are presumably much less messy than a hot water bottle if they happen to spring a leak!
Stephen and I introduced our young daughters to the habit of snuggling with a warmed wheat critter pillow at bedtime this winter, and they've been absolutely thrilled with this extra bit of coziness at night. So to spread the coziness around, we recently announced a critter pillow slip cut and sew pattern as a contest theme. (The deadline for entry is Tuesday, February 19.) Spoonflower staffer Kelsey designed her own tiny, snuggly critter and co-worker Becca stitched it up and wrote a how-to. Read on below for the details of their adorable joint project!