Addy was the start of a years-long obsession with all thing American Girl. When they started branching out from historical stuff and started publishing what amounted to "how to be an awesome preteen" guidebooks, I eagerly begged my Dad for them and read them with the reverence normally reserved for an ancient religious text. When Super Slumber Parties came out, I was obsessed. In particular, their idea for building a cushion mountain upon which guests could lounge intrigued me. At my next birthday party, I put the idea into action. I gathered every spare pillow, cushion, blanket, and stuffed animal and heaped them together on the floor. Then I made the most disappointed face ever. It was a sad display. Not remotely mountainous and hardly worthy of lounging. Still, the idea of a big squashy cushion to lounge on the floor has stuck with me ever since then, which made this pin jump out at me right away.
|My toddler has excellent taste in fabric.|
Since I was making this for Bean, I turned her loose next to a display of no-sew flannel throw blanket kits at Jo-Ann Fabrics. To my husbands extreme pleasure, she immediately picked out the one covered in robots. Other than the fabric, all I needed was stuffing. Not the kind you shove up a turkey's butt. The kind you shove into a pillow.
Making the pillow was fairly easy. I enlisted The Engineer to use his mighty skills to cut the two pieces of fabric into a circle. He graciously agreed, recognizing my general inability to cut things evenly. After you have two circles, you cut a fringe and start knotting. PRO TIP: Double Knot. The first time around I only single knotted and the whole thing unzipped from the mere force of Bean's gaze. Once it's mostly knotted, stuff the stuffing in and finish the last few knots. Then vacuum about 60 times to get all the little stuffing bits, and get ready to spend the next week or so yelling "WHERE THE HELL DID THAT COME FROM?!" and vacuuming again. Whoever said glitter is the herpes of the craft world clearly had never worked with polyfill.
|Add babies and stuffed animals for maximum enjoyment.|
I won't post the 457,305,791 pictures we took of Bean joyously pouncing on the pouf, but suffice to say it was a hit. When we walked into the living room and saw it she stopped dead in her tracks, screamed in delight, then ran and leaped into it. She's become fiercely protective of it now. She chases the cats off screaming "No no no kitty!!" whenever they try to lay on it.
-No Sew Fleece Throw Kit $9.99 Jo-Ann
-Polyfill $8.98 Jo-Ann
-Polyfill $8.98 Jo-Ann