Thursday, October 25, 2012

Project #11: No-Sew Floor Pillow

When I was seven or eight years old, my Grandma got me an American Girl doll. She was planning to get me Kirsten, but Kirsten's best friend dies in the first book and that made me cry and so Kirsten was forever tainted in my mind. I asked for Addy instead and my Grandma kindly obliged.

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.

Supply List:
-No Sew Fleece Throw Kit $9.99 Jo-Ann
-Polyfill $8.98 Jo-Ann

Total: $18.97


10 comments:

  1. This is amazing! I want to make some for my boys now.

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    1. Yes. We tried it with two but it was just a little too flat, so we opened it up and added the third bag.

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  3. Any suggestion for those of us who are cutting challenged & not lucky enough to have an engineer husband to cut a circle for us? ;)

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  4. A square would probably work or just round the corners on a square or rectangle to kept almost an oval. These are just my guesses.

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  5. Fold the fabric in half then Use a string and a pencil to draw an arc. Should give ya a perfect circle. Love your pillow!

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  6. WHAT SIZE IS THE CIRCLE YOUR DEAR HUSBAND MADE, HOW BOUT USING A HOOLA HOOP DO YOU THINK IT WOULD BE LARGE ENOUGH

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  7. Do you think you could/should make a liner for the stuffing? That does eliminate the no sew portion.

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    1. If you make your cuts a reasonable size the stuffing won't come out.

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