February 14, 2011

No Sew Fleece Pillows

My oldest daughter (8 years old) and a few of her friends are in a little book club.  Once every month or so, they get together to read a short book and do a little project or activity that relates to the story they read.  This past Friday, we hosted a Valentine's themed book club.  The girls had a great time ~ the book we chose was really cute, they did an awesome job on the craft, we made some yummy little homemade pizzas for dinner, and then they played with the Chocolate Playdoh we'd made here a few weeks ago.

First, the book!  We read Amelia Bedelia's First Valentine.  I always chuckle at Amelia's literal interpretations of people's comments, and the girls got a kick out of the character too.  The girls even learned about the literary term, idiom, since there were several examples in the story, like "wearing your heart on your sleeve".  (Although the similarity between the term "idiom" and "idiot" just sent them into fits of giggles!)

Next, we did our little craft project ~ some No-Sew Fleece Pillows.  Unfortunately, I don't have photos for each and every step.  I was either trying to clean my house while getting all the project prep work done or engaging five giggly girls while doing the actual craft.   However, I'll do my best to explain it and will gladly go into more detail if you have any questions.  I did steps #1-3 prior to the girls' arrival, the rest were done at the book club.

Here's what you need:

* fleece (we used two coordinating colors, each piece approx. 18x22" )
* polyester fiber fill ( a 20 oz. bag was more than enough for 5 pillows)
* cotton fabric ( for the initials )
* Scissors
* washable marker

Here's what to do:

1.  First, I cut two large heart shapes out of my fleece.  My hearts were approx. 17" x 21" .

2.  Next, using a light colored washable marker, I drew a smaller heart about 3-4" inches in from the outside edges.  This line gave me the guide of how far in I should cut my fringe strips (you can kind of see the faint yellow line on the picture below) .  I then cut 1/2" strips all around the perimeter of my heart.

 I cut the little pieces off the bottom so the heart comes to a point.

3.  Then, I ironed the Heat'n Bond to the wrong side of my cotton fabric. (directions are on the package, just a few seconds using the medium iron setting).  I traced each girl's initials onto the Heat'n Bond paper, making sure the letter was flipped backwards so when we cut it out, the letter would be facing the correct way on the right side of the fabric.

4.  Next, the girls cut out their initials.  Thanks to the paper backing of the Heat'n Bond, they were able to get nice, crisp cuts of the fabric.  We peeled off the paper from their letters and ironed it on the fleece.  (Be careful not to hold the hot iron in one spot for too long on the fleece or it will leave a mark!)

5.  Now, it's time to tie!  Line up the front and back pieces of each heart (wrong sides together), then tie each set of strips in a double knot.  Go all the way around your pillow until there's only 5 or 6 strips left untied.

6.  Before we stuffed the pillows, I had each girl write a little message to each of their friends on a small paper heart.  We then tucked those little friendship notes inside the pillow as we stuffed them!  Taking a handful of stuffing at time, push it into the opening until the pillow takes its form and reaches the desired firmness.

She looks so serious here, but the girls really liked this step!

7.  Tie up the remaining 5-6 strips and your pillow is complete!!

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  1. hiya , i just love this simple idea and i will be using it real soon , i am following you now too and will be visiting often , maybe you will visit me too , i love visitors and appreciate comments too s

  2. Thanks so much! I'm so glad you like it! Let us know if you try it and how it turns out.

  3. Is this washable? If not, is there a way to make it washable?

  4. "Alliecat said...

    Is this washable? If not, is there a way to make it washable?"

    So far, I've just spot-cleaned ours. However, both the fleece and heat-n-bond are washable, so I'd imagine it would be fine to wash in cold water and tumble dry low. Even though the stuffing is also washable, you may want to untie a couple of the strips and remove the stuffing before washing, just so it doesn't work its way out in the machine.

    Hope this helps!

  5. This is so cute! I'm going to do at my daughters 8th bday party. How big are the initials, and did you use a template? I'm horrible at drawing :)


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