Sunday, 11 December 2011

Easy pillows for kids to make

My twins are now chopping their way through my stash and have made a couple more pillows this weekend.  If anyone's kids want to have a go at sewing, these are quick, easy projects for them to manage with a bit of your help.


For E's I cut a 10 1/2" square and some 2 1/2" strips.  She pressed the central square onto some fusible fleece. I then showed her how to pin, sew, flip and press the 2 1/2" strips to the fusible fleece and she kept going until she had an 18 1/2" (or thereabouts...!) square which I backed with a FQ cut into one 9" and one 13" section.  I edged one cut edge of the backing with a strip of spare fabric, overlapped the two pieces by about 3-4", sewed the whole thing together right sides together, flipped inside out and voila!

For A's I cut eight 3" strips 22" long from the FQs.  We pinned one of the middle strips to some wadding, pinned the next one onto it, right sides together.  A then sewed that seam, flipped and pressed and then pinned, sewed and pressed the rest of the strips on.  Again, I trimmed to size and made an emvelope back which A sewed on with a simple seam, right sides together.  Flip it inside out, stuff a cushion in and voila!

25 comments:

  1. Cute pillows! And how great that you are teaching them to sew and they are enjoying it. Cute girlies, too, by the way!

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  2. It's so fun to be able to share our love of sewing with the kids. My granddaughter has made pillows, a cell phone cover and an apron. My grandson even made a quilt when he was nine and entered it into the county fair. So fun! Toni

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  3. They are gorgeous cushions and sadly better than I could ever make. Tsk. Kids!

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  4. great cushions that they have made there: well done to them

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  5. Well done to the twins (and you too)! These cushions look great :)

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  6. They look very proud of their new cushions, well done guys :o)

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  7. They've both done great! Fab pillows!

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  8. They're lovely, well done girls.

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  9. Sewing projects for kids are usually about the level that is perfect for my skills :). These are great. Your girls are very talented!

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  10. Uh oh! They are hooked! lol watch that stash! Brilliant cushions!

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  11. They look well chuffed - good job girls.

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  12. you, and they, must be so pleased and proud. Excellent to get a result that looks so good.
    Well done all.

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  13. Great job, girls! Pretty soon you'll be as talented as your Mommy!

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  14. Right, I'll be sending my 3 up for a cushion masterclass soon; thanks for the invite!

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  15. What a perfect introduction to crafting - they look like they really enjoyed themselves and have worthwhile cushions to treasure - it's great to share

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  16. A perfect way to entertain the girls and use up scraps. I am glad you are not a zipper person. They scare me. The good old envelope casing is civilised.

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  17. Great pillows and isn't it fun to share our interests with our children. My DD12 wanted a marble bag a few weeks ago and I was busy so I showed her how to thread the machine, explained the cutting and the sewing of it, and she whipped one up herself. She did have a minor panic attack when the drawstring sleeve wasn't going to line up but she unpicked, re-pressed and finished it perfectly. She's since made one for a friend who admired hers :).
    Cheers,
    Robyn

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  18. Well done to the twins! That has inspired me to try one myself! Thanks for the simple explanations, Merry Christmas!

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  19. Oh, they look so proud! I bet their mama face is pretty proud, too. Well, done. I might give this a go with Munchkin. He's used a sewing machine before, just not mine (yikes!)

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  20. Do you have hundreds of cushions in their plastic wrapping at home, waiting to be made covers for? The twins and their cushions are as beautiful as ever.

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  21. Great pillows and it's so wonderful that your girls want to sew!

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  22. They look like great cushions and I think Katy is going to have to keep a close eye on another two pairs of hands next time she's round!

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  23. Perfect timing! The projects and the girls are wonderful. My boys and I have some crafting to do.

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