Pillows are easy to make and therefore make good starter projects but they can be boring to sew. This is a somewhat more complex design that is still easy to make and much more fun.
You Will Need:
1 square foot Blue poly-cotton fabric
1 square foot Yellow poly-cotton fabric
1 bag cotton pillow stuffing.
You can change the colors if you like or make both sides match but the one side blue, one side yellow allows you to turn the pillow over for a new look and the opposing colors tend to interest children much more.
Lay the blue fabric out on a flat surface and carefully cut out a five pointed star. Match the tips up to the edges of the fabric or the pillow will be smaller. lay the finished cutout on top of the yellow fabric and cut along the edges so that you have two matching stars.
Line the points of the stars up and align the edges with the back of the fabric facing outward. Pin in place. Measure your zipper. If it does not fit on one of the points then cut it shorter but be careful to re-attach the end piece or it will be useless. Placing the zippers handle facing inward pin the zipper between one of the star points. Make sure it is even before sewing or it will be crooked.
Make sure your sewing machine is properly threaded. If you do not know how to do this most sewing machines have instructions in the user manual. If not you can google your make and model as all sewing machines thread in different ways. Have the child practice a bit first on a piece of discarded fabric, first time stitches are always terrible. First attach the zipper to both pieces of fabric. Then stitch up the remainder of the pillow.
Open the zipper and turn the pillow right side out. Your seams should all be on the inside and the zippers handle should be on the outside. Fill the pillow with stuffing and close the zipper.
Remember never leave children unattended with a sewing machine or scissors. And have fun.