Besides the main applique/fabric design mentioned earlier, I especially liked this tutorial at Pile O'Fabric for the back. I added piping and quilted it using my feed dogs...no FMQ for this girl yet! The batting is Fusi-Boo (fusible bamboo.) It's quite thin and was easy to work with but I can't attest for washing/durability. The insert is a twenty-inch square duck down pillow from IKEA for only $7. I named it Mister Cuddlekins and intended to keep him but after many hugs, decided I shouldn't give my mother a pillow cover with no filling for her birthday. Ah well, another trip to IKEA then.