Jun 22, 2013

remember this one? | let the slumber party begin!

Do your kids have slumber parties? We are not quite there yet (everyone in our crew is still quite young) but from what I hear, that very well may be something in our future! 

I had this idea that I thought would work really well for a slumber party: a pillow you can make into a play-mat. In other words, you would be making a play-pillow! 

So, using fabric paint I painted on some legs and then made different shoes out of felt! I had so much fun with this project, trying to think of different shoe designs (HUGE props to shoe designers everywhere--it is no easy feat!) and the finished project was a big hit with the kids too. 

Here's how you can also make a Slumber Party Play-Pillow:

Materials Needed: 
One solid colored pillow-case
Black Fabric Paint
Freezer paper and an ink pen and an X-acto knife (to make the stencil)
thread and sewing machine

Making the Pillow Cover Design

Step 1
First I drew the shape of legs and feet onto some freezer paper (I used a design on my daughter's favorite T-shirt for inspiration) I used a regular ink pen to sketch the design.

Step 2
Next, I cut out the design to form the stencil then ironed the stencil onto my pillow case, waxy side down with the iron on the DRY setting.

Step 3
After slipping some cardboard inside the pillow case (so the paint wouldn't leak through to the backside) I began painting the stencil with black fabric paint and a brush.

Step 4
I removed the stencil and allowed the design to dry. Next I removed the cardboard from the inside of the stencil!

Making the Felt Shoes

Step 1
This part was fun! Let your imagination go wild and the kids even helped me here! Lay freezer paper on top of your design and trace the legs to from the type of shoes you'd like to make. For this example, I'll show you how I made the yellow boots.

Step 2
Remove the paper and cut out your design. To save time I cut through two pieces of felt since I was going to be sewing them together to form the shoes. You could insert cardboard inside your shoes, but then if you even wanted to wash them, it might not do well.

Step 3
Once you have your shoes cut-out lay them on top of the design and see how they fit.

Step 4
Sew the two pieces of felt together and create designs with your thread to decorate the shoes if you wish of cut out shapes to design the shoes and sew them on!

You're done! Now you can tuck a pillow inside your case and give all the shoe designs to your little
one for a fun little slumber party or even a pretend one at home!

Let the Slumber Party Begin!
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Susan Anderson said...

We did have lots of slumber party. And these would have gone over big!


Maiden Jane said...

Love the pillow! I was not a fan of slumber parties. By the time Tuesday rolled around, my kids would be so crabby from the sleep-deprived Saturday. So much so that we still call Tuesday's "terrible Tuesday" because we can still be extra tired or crabby on Tuesdays. So I made it a rule that there were no sleepovers during the school year. As they got older, I'd allow them during a school break. During summer the rules are relaxed and we have backyard campouts and sleepovers. I suppose I'm one of those crabby old moms who didn't find them much fun to host and as my kids grew into teens, discovered kids will do and see more than you might allow when you let them go under other supervision.