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Make A Pillow For A Child In Your Life

I made these pillows for my grandsons. They love them and the covers have been washed several times.


1 16-sq.-inch cushion (bought or you can make your own and fill with fibrefill.)

1/2 metre of fabric (I used flannelette as it is soft, but cotton or any other fabric could be used – plain or printed. I recommend washing flannelette before using.)

Pieces of contrasting fabric for the feet and hands.

Fabric glue or Stitchwichery.

14-inch zipper (or you can use Velcro) to close the end. This will make it easier to remove the cover to be washed.


Cut two 16-1/2-inch pieces of fabric for the pillow cover. Serge or zigzag all around the edges. With right side facing, press under 1/2 inch on one side of each piece. Centre both pieces over a 14-inch zipper. Pin, baste and sew zipper along folded edges. Press and lay flat.

Trace feet and hands of child on paper and transfer to contrasting fabric. Trace cut-outs onto this fabric. Use fabric glue, Stitchwichery or baste hand/ feet pieces on the right front of the pillow cover. Using a small zigzag or appliqué stitch, sew the pieces around the edges.

You can use fabric paint for the names or machine appliqué. Sew the remaining seams of the pillow cover, right sides together with 1/2-inch seam allowance. Turn and press.

Add what you like to the covers. These make great gifts for birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s Day or just for fun – because they are special! Get creative.

– Jeanette Danielson writes from Winnipeg

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