Today we are finishing up our series amazing sews using a variety of fabrics from Shannon Fabrics. Today we have a sunny and cuddly project just perfect for your l little reader: a sunshine reading pillow made from Shannon Fabrics Cuddle Fabric.
This pillow is big enough to cuddle and has a pocket on the back to store your summer reading materials in. Plus it is super soft and comfy to lay on while you do your reading.
For the pocket, you will also need a 20" circle out of the watermelon fabric. I used my canary circle as a template for the watermelon circle.
For the rays of the sun, I cut 24 triangles from the watermelon fabric. The triangles were 2.75" wide across the bottom and 4" tall in the center. I also cut 12 triangle of each of the mandarin and canary fabrics, each triangle being 5" wide across the bottom and 6" tall in the center.
To assemble the pillow, I folded the watermelon circle in half and sewed a seam along the folded edge for the pocket.
Then I made the rays of the sun by matching two triangles, right side together, and sewing the two sides of the triangle using a .25" seam allowance. Once the seams were sewn, I trimmed the sides and top, then turned it right side out. I use a chopstick to push the point out.
I followed that process for all of the triangles, ending with 24 triangles.
Once all of the pieces were sewn up, I layered the pillow starting with one canary circle (right side up). Then I put the folded watermelon pocket piece on top, matching the bottom edge.
Now I placed the larger triangles evenly spaced around the edge of the circle, alternating colors between the mandarin and canary.
Then I added in the smaller watermelon triangles in-between each larger triangle. It will be a tight fit, but they will all fit around it! I am not much of a pinner, but for this project I did pin all of the pieces place.
Once all of the triangle were pinned in place, I basted along the outer edge to keep everything in place.
Then I placed the other canary circle, right side down, on top of the basted piece and sewed around the edges using a 1/2" seam allowance. I sewed around the entire edge but left about 2" unsewn to turn and stuff the pillow.
Once the sewing was complete, I turned the pillow right side out and used stuffing to fill the pillow. Then I stitched up the opening using hand stitching. And that's it! You have a pillow ready for your little one to cuddle with!
My daughter took one look (and feel!) of the pillow and asked if I had enough fabric left to make her a blanket too since it was so soft. So I guess I will be making a blanket soon as well!
I hope you enjoy this pillow as much as we do! We'd love to see your version too! Share your makes in on our facebook page or tag us on instagram @patternrevolution.
The fabric for this post were generously supplied by Shannon Fabrics.