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peculiar pet pillows

by Michelle Lyon
Handmade
Recycled
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Cushy Creatures

Full of personality and covered in wonderfully rich textures and colors, these darling pillows are handmade by Michelle Lyon from vintage reclaimed bedspreads. She sews each one by hand on her mother's 1959 Singer sewing machine, and then adds wool felt details by hand.

Stuffed to a perfect chubbiness with poly-fill that is 80% recycled plastic water bottles, these charming creatures look like something your grandmother might have made. Each is one-of-a-kind and will vary. Handmade in North Carolina.

The Whale with Goldfish Pillow has been discontinued. When it sells out, they will no longer be available. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • details
Handmade
Recycled
Item ID
18871
Made from
wool felt, polyester fiber fill, reclaimed fabric
Measurements
dog: 10" L x 7" W x 3" H; cat: 11" L x 7" W x 3" H; whale: 4" L x 9" W x 4" H
Notes
Machine wash, gentle cycle. Air dry.
  • the maker

Michelle Lyon

Born and raised in California, self taught fabric artist, Michelle Lyon, relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina seven years ago. After 15 years as a pastry chef, Michelle decided to try something different and turned her love of crafting into a business. Inspired by the textures and colors of vintage textiles, she began to make and sell Peculiar Pets.

All of the pets are made using the salvageable parts of damaged vintage bedspreads and stuffed with poly-fill that is 80% recycled plastic water bottles. Because of the various textures of the fabrics and the hand embellishment, no two pets can be exactly alike.

Her love of all things culinary can be seen through out the line, as the pets often sport what they may have eaten on their tummies.

All of the pets are made on Michelle's mother's 1959 Singer sewing machine and hand embellished by Michelle herself. As a life long closet cartoon chronicler, it is a great joy and relief for Michelle to bring her drawings to life in the form of Peculiar Pets.

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PECULIAR PET PILLOWS
 
4.3

(based on 8 reviews)

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5.0

Turned out great!

By 

from New York, NY

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Cute

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about PECULIAR PET PILLOWS:

      I bought these as a gift for a newborn. I was worried that I couldn't see the actual pillows (because each is handmade and the photo here is just an example) but I ordered them anyway and they look great - really cute and look as good as promised.

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      4.0

      cute gift idea

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      from North Texas

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Cute
      • Fluffy

      Cons

      • Too Small

      Best Uses

      • Friends

      Comments about PECULIAR PET PILLOWS:

      it's a bit small for a pillow. I thought it was just a stuffed animal. Its adorable and I think it will make a great gift. I love how its made out of recycled material, too.

      Service and delivery comments:

      Everything was wonderful and fast. Great service.

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      1.0

      Where's the Goldfish???

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      from Washington, DC

      Verified Buyer

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        Cons

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            Comments about PECULIAR PET PILLOWS:

            While this was extremely cute and my gift recipient loved it, I was disappointed that there was no goldfish attached to it.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Exactly what you'd expect

            By 

            from Nashville

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Original

            Cons

            • Pricey

            Best Uses

            • decoration
            • Pillow

            Comments about PECULIAR PET PILLOWS:

            made a great gift, girl said she enjoys the cat pillow

            Service and delivery comments:

            prompt delivery, pricey item

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            5.0

            Finely constructed, handmade and soft

            By 

            from Sun Valley, ID

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Creative
            • Good Quality
            • Great use of materials

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Great "stuffy" for kids

              Comments about PECULIAR PET PILLOWS:

              This very adorable "stuffy" is well made, very soft and squishy, and actually larger than expected, so it makes a perfect little travel pillow for the car or airplane.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              get one (or ten) for everyone in your li

              By 

              from raleigh, nc

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              Pros

              • fun
              • Hilarious
              • Original
              • Well-Constructed

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Cuddle buddy
                • Gift
                • Pillow

                Comments about PECULIAR PET PILLOWS:

                Peculiar Pets are well-constructed from recycled materials. Each pet is one-of-a-kind, which makes them a ridiculously good deal for the price!

                I have them all over my house (I own at least 4 and have given about 6 as gifts).

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                wonderful gifts for all ages

                By 

                from Raleigh, NC

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Fun designs
                • One-of-a-kind
                • Really well made
                • Repurposed materials
                • Super value

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Adult gifts
                  • baby gifts
                  • Birthdays
                  • Kids gifts

                  Comments about PECULIAR PET PILLOWS:

                  I own several myself and have given many as gifts to young and old. They are really well made and super fun. They always make me smile.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Peculiar pets are amazing

                  By 

                  from North Carolina

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Great for kids
                  • great gifts
                  • Great quality
                  • Handmade
                  • Reused materials
                  • Soft

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • decoration
                    • Gift
                    • play
                    • Pretend

                    Comments about PECULIAR PET PILLOWS:

                    I love peculiar pets, I have bought several of them both for myself and as gifts, and they make me happy just looking at them. When I give them as gifts, they are usually welcomed with cheers and then I get pummeled with questions about WHERE! to get these. Now I can tell them to get them at uncommon goods too!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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