1st birthday gift: DIY Toddler Floor Pillow
The tutorial doesn't have any pictures of the sewing in process so here's some of the steps. You're essentially just sewing all the pieces together with the right sides together, leave a spot open to stuff it, and then- horror of all horrors- hand sew the opening shut (sigh).
Step 2: I added embroidery here. I wanted to put Baby G's name on a corner of the pillow. Probably a fail, seeing I'm still embroidering everything lopsided, but oh well.
|Here is my big long piece for the sides,|
once I sewed all the pieces together. I cut off the
excess (I had a total of 120" and only needed 96")
Step 3: Sew your pieces together, leaving an opening to turn and stuff.
I started with sewing the top to the sides. I did this because there may be some unsightly sewing wherever I leave my opening to stuff the pillow and I'd rather have that be on the bottom!
|Starting out... make sure you're sewing right sides together.|
|This is how I folded the corners as I moved around each side. |
It's a bit complicated for the last piece.
|When you get to the last side of the square, you'll want to sew the left and right corners, |
leaving the hole to turn in the middle. You don't want to be trying to
hand sew the more complicated corners. Or maybe you do. Go for it.
To be safe, I did zigzag all the raw edges before I turned this. My fabric seemed to be fraying quite a bit and I wanted to make sure it would last. I imagine I may unstuff this at some point to wash, then restuff so I want it to be okay to go through the wash. I know some people put a zipper, but I would rather seam rip so I don't need to worry about Baby G learning to unzip it!
Step 4: Turn and STUFF!
I started stuffing with the microfill, but didn't have enough so I ended up using a ton of fabric I was saving to upcycle. Old tshirts (especially the bits that I couldn't find uses for after using them for other projects), blankets, etc. I used two giant blankets, cut up into strips, and it still wasn't full. Frustrating! Stuffing this pillow is like stuffing Mary Poppin's handbag. If you use anything with buttons, zippers, etc. make sure to take them off before stuffing the material into your pillow.
Step 5: Hand sew your opening shut.
Here's a cute circle pillow tutorial if that's more to your liking.