As a mom you’re probably the one who chooses the decorative things in your home. Your taste in décor is likely much different than that of your young kids. Whereas you might choose something beautiful they’ll select something silly. That’s okay, they’re kids! Let them have some choices in the décor they have in their rooms. One thing they can even make for themselves is a silly throw pillow. When they’re done, it might not be the look you would want for your living room, but the pillows are perfect for little kids.
One way to make an easy pillow is to simply draw a circle and cut two of then identically. Before cutting out the circle, however, draw tabs that extend out from the circle itself. The tabs should be about an inch or so in width and about four or five inches long. Make these tabs, leaving small spaces between them, all the way around the circle.
Set the first piece of fabric on a table so that the right side of the material faces the table. Position the pillow form on top then place the second piece of fabric over it. Go around the circle, tying the tabs together, until the two pillow shapes now become an actual pillow. If you don’t want to make your own pillows, but you still want to decorate them, simple purchase two round pillows. The great thing about making the tab pillows is that the tabs give the characters a sillier look. With store-bought pillows you can glue on lace, yarn or other embellishments to create a look just for that pillow.
Cut out various circles to create eyes for the pillow characters. Cut large, white circles of felt, much smaller blue or green circles, then even smaller black circles. Glue on the white ones first, then the blue or green ones, then the black ones on top of those. This is a great way to make eyes for the characters. Another choice is to use large wiggly eyes from a craft store.
Noses can be made from large pom-poms or shapes cut from felt. Kids can use fabric glue or craft glue to attach the assorted facial features to their pillow characters. Make mouths by cutting shapes from black felt. Do unusual things to make each pillow different. For example, give one pillow three eyes and another pillow only one eye. Cut half-circles of white felt and glue them onto a large, black-felt mouth. Align them and glue them along the bottom part of the felt mouth.
There are many different ways to give each character its own identity. Cut tiny warts and glue them on its face, glue yarn pieces on to make moustaches and beards – the possibilities are endless! Your child will have lots of fun creating the unique pillows that only he or she has!