No-Sew Pillow Craft for Kids

4/02/2013

No-Sew Pillow Craft for Kids — A Modern Mrs.
I don't know about you, but I find it hard to find crafts for my 7 (almost eight)-year-old. A lot of the Google results are for littles... like ages 2-4. I know craft posts are popular, and my How to Make Your Own Personalized Coffee Mugs post has done really well, so since it had been so long since L and I had craft time, I figured I needed to do some digging. I wanted something easy and inexpensive, but something fun, and of course, something L could do by herself. {Not entirely, but have a hand in.} I came across and decided on a No-Sew Pillow.

L's bed is usually full of blankets, pillows and a ridiculous number of stuffed animals. Honestly, I don't know how she even fits in there to sleep! Considering, I knew a pillow would excite her, and excite it did. She was almost as excited to hear about the project as she was to do it, and she and the pillow have been inseparable since.

No-Sew Pillow Craft for Kids — A Modern Mrs.
For this project we went to Jo-Ann Fabric. They always have a great selection of fabrics at very affordable prices. To our surprise, not only did we find two whole aisles of 40% off fabric, but pillow forms were also 40% off! I let L choose her own fabric from the sale aisles, and she first spotted this eye-straining neon yellow fleece - this would be the back of the pillow. She then spotted the also neon butterfly fleece print, which as luck would have it, had the exact same shade neon yellow on it. I'm telling you, this thing is vibrant! But, hey, who cares? She likes it and it's her pillow. Am I right?
  • Butterfly Fabric: $4.66
  • Yellow Fabric: $6.06
  • Pillow: $11.99
Grand Total with Tax: $24.07

No-Sew Pillow Craft for Kids — A Modern Mrs.
The first thing we did was lay out our fabric. Our pillow was 20x20, so we had the lady cut the fabric 24x24 for what would be our fringe. You can, of course, have the fringe as long or as short as you'd like, but I recommend no less than three inches more than your pillow or else you won't be able to tie the fringe.

No-Sew Pillow Craft for Kids — A Modern Mrs.
No-Sew Pillow Craft for Kids — A Modern Mrs.
We began cutting our fringe before I considered our corners. Don't make this mistake - it just makes for more work. I would first cut your corners. Since we chose four inches, I cut a 4x4 section out of each corner. Then we finished cutting our fringe, which were one inch wide by four inches long.

No-Sew Pillow Craft for Kids — A Modern Mrs.
No-Sew Pillow Craft for Kids — A Modern Mrs.
No-Sew Pillow Craft for Kids — A Modern Mrs.
Once we cut the fringe all the way around, we began tying the three sides of our pillow. You tie the top fringe to the bottom fringe. We chose to double-knot to ensure they'd stay put. {We also chose a pillow form rather than stuffing for easy washing later on.} Make sure to knot them tight enough to close up any gaps, but not so tight that the edges begin to bunch.

No-Sew Pillow Craft for Kids — A Modern Mrs.
Once you have tied three sides, put your pillow inside, then close up the fourth and final side. Our pillow had a little room inside the case, which was fine, but we probably could have done 23x23 for a snugger fit. Trial and error, my friends. Trial and error.

No-Sew Pillow Craft for Kids — A Modern Mrs.
L is thrilled with her pillow! She had so much fun making it, which gives her an added sense of satisfaction. It was supposed to be her t.v.-watching pillow, hence the large size, but she is using it for t.v. time and bed time, and pretty much any time. We're already talking about making a No-Sew Blanket for our next project!

I hope you'll try this with your older child. {I recommend ages 6-10.} It's incredibly easy and rewarding for your child, and inexpensive too! We had a blast doing it!

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