This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum. Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in textiles.
In this project, you will make a small pillowcase.
To complete this Badge Bit, you must:
- Post a before picture of your fabric
- Post a picture of your pillow in progress
- Post a picture of you stuffing your pillow
- Post a picture of your completed pillow!
- Must be stuffed with a natural material: bedstraw, straw, feathers or wool
- Fabric must be either reclaimed from an old tee-shirt/sheet, or be a natural material (hemp, cotton, wool, linen, silk, etc)
- Be at least 10x10 inches
- It can be machine sewn, as you can probably already sew by hand if you can use a sewing machine!
Here's a quick video on sewing a pillow
If you've never sewn before, I have a more in-depth tutorial down below!
Here's a tutorial on how to sew!
Measure and Cut the Fabric
Generally, it is useful to first WASH the fabric, as it will shrink when washed. Though, if you're never planning on washing your pillow, this isn't really necessary. And, if it's an old tee-shirt or sheet you're re-purposing, you don't need to wash it, either.
Once the fabric is washed and dried, you'll want to iron it flat (not as necessary in a little pillow, but it's a good thing to get in the process of doing when sewing most anything)
Now lay it on a flat, preferably smooth surface and measure and cut it.
If you don't have the fancy clear ruler and slicy-thingy, no worries! Use any sort of straight edge to draw the line you'll cut. Find the sharpest pair of scissors you have, and cut on the line! (You can also buy a brand new pair of scissors and devote them soley to fabric so they stay sharp. Threaten your family with dire consequences if they use your precious fabric scissors for anything that's not fabric. Hide the scissors from them, too, if need be!)
You might want to use a pencil and draw a line 1/2 inch from the edge of your fabric. This is where you'll sew. Make sure to NOT sew the whole pillow. Leave a gap to turn the thing right side out, and to stuff it.
You can Either sew it with a running stitch
or the back stitch. The back stitch is a bit more secure.
Turn the Fabric Right-Side Out and Stuff It
Reach your finger through the hole you left, and grab some fabric and pull it through the hole. Just like when you turn your pants right side out.
Shove your stuffing through the hole. Push the stuffing into the corners first, then keep putting more stuffing in. And more stuffing. And even more. Because it will compress.
Finally got a chance to make my pillow! I used an old dress shirt and knit shirt (two layers in hopes that it would keep the feathers from poking out), and stuffed with wool and duck feathers that I picked up from my duck house. I tried to surround the feathers with wool so that they had a harder time poking out.