Our home is overflowing with my girls’ drawings! Like me when I was a kid, they love to draw rainbows and clouds. I thought it would be fun to create a cuddly version for them. Here’s how to turn your kid’s drawing into a pillow, using simple embroidery stitches from your sewing machine.
Turn Your Kid’s Drawing into a Pillow
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- Rayon embroidery thread (or regular thread is fine too)
- White Cotton Fabric
- White thread (for bobbin and sewing the pillow closed)
- Washable fabric pen
- Tear-away stabilizer
- Sewing machine
- Clear sewing machine foot
- Polyester fiber stuffing
- Sewing needle
I used white copy paper to draw out a pattern based on my girls’ drawings. I taped two pieces of paper together to make a large enough pillow. First I sketched out the drawings with pencil, then I went over it with a thick marker. Note: Be sure you leave about an inch between the edge and your drawing, as you’ll need to account for a seam allowance. After cutting out the pattern, I cut two pieces out of the white cotton fabric. I traced the smiley face onto one piece with my washable pen.
To prepare my fabric for embroidery, I placed a sheet of tear-away stabilizer underneath the fabric, smiley-face up. This will help keep the stitches from puckering, which has happened to me before when I do a satin stitch and I forget the stabilizer (which happens all the time!). Note: feel free to practice sewing a satin stitch a few times on scraps (use stabilizer under your scraps). If you don’t have a satin stitch, you may be able to set your machine to do a tight zig zag.
I used a clear sewing machine foot so I could see the lines I traced while I sew. I set my sewing machine to do a satin stitch. Begin by centering the foot in the middle of the line, keeping it centered while you sew. Back stitch just a few stitches at the beginning and end.
Carefully tear away the stabilizer. And smile! You’re done with the embroidery!
Now pin the other pieces to the one you just embroidered, right sides together, and stitch around with a half inch seam allowance. Leave a hole for turning (I like to mark my turning hole with different pins to remind myself, or I like to draw a squiggly mark with my washable pen).
Stuff the pillow to your desired level of squishiness, making sure you get stuffing into the corners. Sew up the opening using a needle and thread with a slip stitch. All done with the cloud!
Now for the rainbow. I drew out the rainbow and small cloud on two pieces of paper as well, and cut two pieces. The rainbow and small cloud are all one piece. As with the big cloud, I traced the face as well as the stripes, making sure to leave enough room for a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
I stitched the stripes first, then I stitched the outline of the top of the cloud. The cloud stitches cover the ends of the stripes. Then I stitched the eyes and mouth. Also like the big cloud, I pinned the two pieces together and sewed to form a pillow, leaving a turning hole (mine was on the inside curve, towards the end opposite of the cloud).
All done with the pair! Yes, their names are “Cloudy” and “Raibowy”.
So that’s how to turn your kid’s drawing into a pillow! Check out your kiddos’ drawings, maybe you’ll find some inspiration to make your own pillows! They will love to see their drawings come to life in snuggly, squishy form!