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Circus ticket pillow: Tutorial and pattern for nursery

Make your own circus ticket pillow with this tutorial using a regular pillow that you can modify or just making your own altogether. The cover of the circus ticket pillow is made out of felt pieces using a FREE template I share at the end of the post.

circus ticket pillow

I think by now everyone already guessed the theme we are going for our baby Peanut's nursery =] CIRCUS!

And one of the elements I really wanted to integrate is the entry tickets (the vintage ones) – even though the nursery will be very modern I just really wanted to have a ticket, and what better way than making a pillow!

circus ticket pillow cover

Since the size I decided to make is very custom, I made the pillow and the pillow cover.

For the letters, I used the font Corben by Vernon Adams from the Google Web font directory. A free font that had just the look I was going for.

orange circus ticket pillow

Because I wanted the numbers on the side to really mean something and not to be just random ticket numbers, I decided to use my due date, even though the probability of having our baby that day is very small, it still means so much to us, after all, we've been really looking forward to THAT day, so at least I will be able to remember when it was if peanut's birthday is some other day =]

And just in case you are wondering – I made the pillow in the Spanish date order (day, month, year) because that's still the way I write dates down.

big circus ticket pillow

And as usual I wanted to share how I made my pillow and the template so you can also make your own, the file is set with the size I used but you can always make it bigger or smaller ;)

Circus ticket pillow materials

  • Download the file with the letters and numbers at the end of the post.
  • Two pieces of 20 by 14 for your pillow (inside) I used white cotton.
  • 1 piece of 20 by 14 for the front of your pillowcase and 2 pieces of 13 by 14 for the back (I just overlap them to avoid a zipper) I used orange thin fleece
  • Make a template to cut the corner of your pillow with a 2 by 2-inch paper and then round one of the corners. Use it so that all your corners are the same.
  • Matching color threat for the felt letter and for the pillow cover topstitching.
  • Your color choice of Felt
  • Scissors
  • Polyester fiberfill, or any stuffing you'd like for the pillow

Circut ticket pillow process

pillow cover process

For the inside pillow cut the pieces and shown in the graphic (1/4″ seam allowance is included) sew leaving an opening on one side, and remember to zig-zag after you sew to prevent fraying. Turn inside out, stuff and close your pillow with a topstitch.

Pillow cover process

For the pillow cover process, the just are exactly the same as the inside, the only difference is that now, we will make an envelope pillow back.

pillow cover process
add letters to the pillow cover


– For the letters on the pillow cover, you will need to set the back pieces aside. Print your template and pin your felt to it, I cut the template along with the felt that way I didn't need to mark the letters, but if you don't feel comfortable I would recommend you cut the template mark the letters, and then cut.

cutting the letters


– I used very sharp point scissors, so I could cut with a lot of detail and cut the letter one by one definitely helped.

measuring all the placements


– Once I had all my letters I centered them using a ruler. If you want to be very exact I would suggest you to first find the horizontal and vertical center of the pillow cover and then place the letters. It makes it much easier.

putting all the pieces together


– Carefully pin each letter, so that when you topstitch one, the other won't move.

sewing the ticket pillow


– Topstitch using your favorite stitch, in my case I just used a very small zigzag stitch. To find the one I liked the most I tried them on a scrap before I went for the letters =]

pinning things in place


– For the numbers, I first decided how many I wanted and in what order. Then I measured and marked a frame. I used chalk so that the marks will be easily removed because all the stitching had to be done with my piece facing out. I topstitch the frame and then the numbers.

tutorial circus ticket


– finally I finished the pillow cover by placing the bottom and the top pieces facing each other on their right sides. I sewed the edges (remember to sew the edges of the back pieces, the ones that overlap before sewing the whole pillow together) I turned my pillow cover inside out and then topstitch at 1/4″ from the edge.

circus pillow for nursery

I love the way it ends up and hopefully peanut will love it as well (it looks like Dumbo likes it!), I am making a lot of pillow for a toy storage bench area under the window, and this one was the first one =]

ticket pillow for nursery

I hope you guys like this project =] one more thing crossed off my “nursery to-do list” I really hope I can get everything there done before this baby decided to come early and visit the nursery =]
Wish you all a lovely day!!

Check out the nursery

Download the pattern

If you want to make the exact same pillow as me, I created a template so you can cut the letters and numbers easily, if you have a cutting machine, you can use that as well, so much faster!

* This tutorial is provided for personal use only. If you wish to sell items made with this tutorial, please purchase a limited production license. Check the Site policy at the bottom for further information.
The pattern is a PDF file, the link goes directly to Dropbox, but you don't need an account to view it, you will need Adobe Reader or a similar program once the file is downloaded. Thank you!


Friday 10th of August 2012

You are genius! it seems that with every post you make about your baby's nursery the more I want a baby, just so I can make them LOL


Friday 10th of August 2012

Sooooo cute! I've been thinking about making a small ticket type of item, but oversized is even better! Also, I love your pins!


Friday 10th of August 2012


I absolutely love your pillow. I've got two teenage children and I'm going to make it for my daughter's birthday as I think that she'll really like it. In England we also write the date that way. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hope everything goes pain free when you have your baby. Take care.



Friday 10th of August 2012


I love the pillow and everything else you've made for the baby's room - I follow you on pinterest.

Fun that you decided to remember the due date in that way - I like it. By the way my baby will be one just 2 days before your due date :)


Thursday 9th of August 2012

Aw, you've done it again! Another amazing piece. Your child is seriously going to have the absolute cutest nursery!


Friday 10th of August 2012

Aww you are too nice Emily =] I can't wait to finish so I can show the "whole" thing, instead of showing piece by piece hehe

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