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Parenting has a lot of ups and downs. We celebrate with our kids when they score a goal, bring home a good report card, or make a new friend. But it’s tough when the kids have a bad day and we’re not sure what to do to make everything all better. Luckily, I have a few tricks up my sleeve, including Little Remedies® Gas Relief Drops and comfort items like this easy to sew toddler pillow!
This pillow is so super simple to make and it really does help soothe our three year old. It also makes a great travel pillow, too.
This pillow measures about 9″x21″ but you can make it any size that you want. In all honesty, I found this in the remnants section and made it work to make a pillow. This is a very simple, NOT fancy pillow, so if you are a beginner, you can do it! Trust me! And the best part is, your toddler will NOT care if it is perfect or not.
Easy To Sew Toddler Pillow
1/2 yard of soft fabric
scissors or rotary cutter
sewing machine (or needle…it really is a simple project)
Wash and dry fabric.
Iron wrinkles out, if there are any.
Cut two pieces of fabric to size. Decide how big you want your pillow and add about 1/2″ – 1″ on each side. I cut two pieces of fabric that were both 10 x 22″.
Place the “finished” or “right” sides of the fabric together with “wrong” or “unfinished” sides facing out. You will want to sew it “inside out” so the seams will be on the inside.
Line up edges so it lays flat and even. You might want to iron it once more to make sure it’s exact, although it doesn’t really matter, as long as the edges match up.
Pin the pieces together so they stay put.
Sew the two outer long edges and one short side, making sure to leave the end of one side open. Remember to sew a few backstiches on each corner so it will be secure.
You can sew the corners and leave open a gap large enough to fit your hand into. It’s smart to sew the corners with a sewing machine so they will look crisp.
Turn the pillowcase inside out.
Push out the corners, using a skewer stick or a special sewing stick if necessary.
Once your corners are pushed out, stuff with pillow stuffing. You will want to overstuff slightly, because it will go down over time.
When you have put in enough stuffing, you will sew the hole up by hand. Fold the unsewn fabric over to create a seam, pin it with a straight pin, and sew the hole neatly. Remember to add in a knot on each side to make sure the stuffing does not come out the first time your toddler swings the pillow!
See? Super simple! The three year old was SUPER excited when he got his own pillow that was his own size!
What Can Parents Do To Soothe A Child?
Having been a parent for almost eight years now, I know that each and every kid is different. One thing that worked with #1 didn’t work with #2. Something #2 liked, #3 hated, and the story goes on and on. There are a few constants that have always comforted the boys when they have discomfort:
a comfort item, like the toddler sized pillow
lots of hugs and snuggles
Comforting the little one is so important. Just easing his discomfort a little can make his day better and mine, too! When he has a little bit of gas or bloating, I let him lay down wherever he wants with his toddler sized pillow. I give him the recommended dose of Little Remedies® Gas Relief Drops and it works within minutes. I would suggest that expecting moms add Little Remedies® Gas Relief Drops to their gift registry because they are safe for newborns, too.