An Easy-to-Sew Stuffed Pal

This project teaches kids how to make a small pillow -- and leaves them with a new best friend.

Pillow Pals
Photo: Photograph by Alexandra Grablewski

You will need:

Linen or cotton fabric

Fabric markers (we used Uchida DecoFabric)

Straight pins

Needle and thread

Fiberfill or other stuffing

  1. From the fabric, cut two 6- by 9-inch rectangles. On the top third of one rectangle, draw a face with the markers. Decorate the body as desired and set the drawings as the markers' packaging directs.
  2. Pin the rectangles with their right sides together (see tip, below). With the needle and thread, sew a small and closely spaced running stitch around two short sides and one long side, then along half of the remaining long side. Sew over the last stitch a few extra times to reinforce that spot.
  3. Remove the needle, leaving the excess thread in place instead of trimming it.
  4. Turn the case right side out and stuff it with fiberfill until firm. Rethread the needle with the excess thread at the opening, fold in the raw edges, and stitch the opening closed. Sew over the last stitch a few times to reinforce it.

Quick Sewing Tip: The fabric's "right" side is the side you want to face out on the finished project, while the "wrong" side is the one that will be hidden from view.

Originally published in the August 2013 issue of FamilyFun

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