First of all, copying was involved. I'd prefer to call it "inspiration" and "thriftiness"
^^ my son really wanted this Mario head pillow. He's obsessed with Mario Bros. I didn't want to shell out money for something I could make myself and pay a fraction of the cost. Besides, it was very fun to make. My boy really enjoyed watching it get put together and was so so excited about the whole process. I didn't have the needed fabric in my scrap pile, so I did have to go to Joann's and buy some proper fabric for this project. It added up to $5 or so. I bought some soft yet stretchy skin-colored fabric and some soft stretchy red fabric (they were both fleece-like material).
I didn't use any pattern; I made my own. I would upload the pattern pieces here so others can use them, but I haven't the darnedest idea how to do that, so sorry.
Here are some pictures of the progress, and the final item. I do NOT have an embroidery machine so yes, the stitching around the eyes is a bit wobbly, but my little guy did not seem to notice and I don't think it takes too much away from the complete look. The eyes were the most time-consuming part, but after they were finished, the project came together fairly quickly and easily. The only mistake I made lies within the pattern itself--I should have made the brim of the hat (the part that rests against the head) curved instead of straight. It pulls a little bit, making it not lay right. Not too noticeable though. I think in all it turned out great, but most importantly, my son was (and is) super happy with it. He loves it! Yay!