This particular gift is for a four year old boy, and I am quite excited about it.
When I found this idea for a pillow shield I was pretty excited. The little boy I am making this for is quite close to our family, and one of his favourite things to play with here is the foam sword found in our dress up bin.
Let's get started, gentle readers!
You will need:
- four pieces of fabric: 3/4 m for the back, 1/2 m for the bottom section and 1/4 m each for the two top sections. (I had the fleece I used for the back on hand, and the two patterned fabrics I used for the front were a steal of a deal. I found both the patterned pieces in the clearance section of the fabric store for $2/meter. The red I bought at regular price - minus my discount card- but since I only needed 1/4 m it will still quite reasonable. With the purchase of black biased tape my fabric store total came to $5. 67)
- two lengths of 6 inch nylon webbing and matches to heat seal the ends so they don't fray - on hand
- bias tape (as previously mentioned)
- craft felt (on hand)
- fiber fill pillow stuffing (on hand)
as well as
-pencil and paper to draw template
- sewing machine
Here is how I did it.
First, draw a template of the shield. Because I lack any and all artistic ability I just traced my sons toy shield. Then I added 1/4 inch all the way around for a seam allowance. When you cut your paper, cut the larger image. Its a good idea now to also draw in the lines for where you would want your different fabrics. The bottom section looks best if it takes up just a little more than half the length of the shield. The remaining top portion can be split equally in two.
|Toy shield traced onto paper|
|pin your pattern to your fabric|
To heat seal, simply trim up the edges of your webbing, then light a match. When you hold the flame near the cut ends of the webbing you will see it start to shrink and melt. This will prevent the ends from fraying. The same technique can be used on most ribbon to keep it from fraying as well.
Then position your webbing like so on your back fabric. Stitch in place with your sewing machine.
|position the straps on the back fabric|
|Notice my scissors at the top allowing 1/4 inch seam allowance|
Taking both of my top sections, with right sides together, I stitched using that 1/4 inch seam allowance. Its a good idea to take your iron and press this open.
|Top sections sewn together|
|with right sides together pin and stitch top section to bottom section|
|front of pillow complete with bias tape|
|Stuff your pillow.|