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These went over great for Christmas presents! They are super cute when finished and are actually pretty useful- they support the neck just right and make for great travel pillows too. They are cheap because they are made out of remnants that you can pick up from the fabric store for super cheap, and perfect for someone who is clueless when it comes to sewing like me to pretend that I actually can do domestic craft hour.

These also are good little pillows to put herbal or aromatherapy additions in because you can easily untie it and replace the herbs when they lose their scent. I've also been drooling over iPod speaker pillows on ebay lately so the next idea I will probably try to work into one for myself is making one of these stars into a little iPod speaker for traveling...
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Step 1: Materials

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Micro fleece remnants in two colors- any fabric that doesn't need to be hemmed will work just as well.
Stuffing- I used Polyester Fiber-fill in some and strips of leftover fleece in others.
Sharpie Pen
Stencil (either make out of cardboard or use something from around the house like I did)

At the local JoAnn fabric store I paid between $3 and $4 a yard for the fabric remnants (1/2 yard each color made a couple stars easily) and I paid $8 for a big bag of PolyFil that I haven't made a dent in yet. For about $20 I bought materials for the 5 stars I made for Christmas presents and had lots of extra material, definitely a budget-friendly project!

Step 2: Draw it out.

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Draw the star design out on the inside of the Fabric. I used a tin decorative sailor star we had laying around the house for my template, but you could make one out of cardboard or use some other found object to make it whatever shape you like. Use Sharpie to trace the stencil then outline it again about 3-4 inches out from the star design to give yourself guidelines for cutting.
Naomi29696 years ago
I can't wait to start these. For some unexplained reason, I have an absolute ton of fabric samples and they will be so perfect. Hmmm wonder about using rice as a filling so they could be used as magic bags?
CrystalStranger (author)  Naomi29696 years ago
Awesome! Post some pics when you're done, I'd love to see! I wouldn't try rice because I think the grains are too small with the little edges that are left from tying the bags, unless you made a super small pillow and tied it with really little knots... If you have lots of extra fabric you can do what I did on some of them at xmas and fill the pillow with small shreds of other fabric. Or I thought of trying to stuff one with packing peanuts if I ever get the non-biodegradable ones in the mail again.... sometimes they still come with auto parts.
I wouldn't use rice wither unless after tying the edges go around with a no sow fabric glue to hold the seam together. I like you idea though.