I started making these stuffed, faux fur cat shaped pillows in 2012, inspired by our much-loved black Persian cat, Oscar.
Since then I’ve sold countless versions of the elle Vintage Cat Pillows, in black, white, greys, grey and white, pinks, blue, red, browns and leopard prints. See them all here.
Some of the versions I’ve created and still stock, are the result of custom order requests. A few years ago, a customer emailed me and asked me to make a grey cat pillow, with a fluffy white belly, to look like her cat. I made it for her and she loved it, so I made more and listed it. It’s now my third most popular cat pillow, after black and white.
Might its appeal have something to do with the coincidentally similar Totoro character?
I’m often asked, “Where are the eyes?” Well, they don’t have any because they aren’t stuffed animals — they are actually functional, practical and remarkably comfortable, what are essentially 10″ x 18″ pillows. They measure about 25″ in full length with the fluffy, stuffed tail.
Cat lovers and children love them. They really look like actual cats, nestled on the couch, adding interest and whimsy to the living room decor, or as a fun bed pillow in the bedroom.
Many of my customers have purchased one because it reminds them their lost cat and so they can be very comforting. Our dear Oscar is no longer with us, but each and every time I make a fluffy black cat pillow, I pause to remember him and how much we loved and miss him. It’s a nice feeling.