Kid Craft – Make a Day Bed Log Pillow




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These are great pillows for any childs day bed. Place them all around the edges of a day bed to give it a couch type effect.

They are great for decoration, can be used to help relieve a stiff neck, provide lumbar support, for propping up to watch TV and as the ultimate pillow fighter.

This is a simple craft suitable for kids to make around ages 10 and up with basic sewing skills using straight, zigzag and top stitching.

Step 1: Materials

You will need:

1/3 -1/4 Yard Fabric, depending on pillow size
Stuffing or a Quilt Batting
Drawstrings or Bias Tape, made or purchased
Tape Measure
Straight Pins
Sewing Machine

Step 2: Plan Your Fabric Cuts

Start by measuring your stuffing or quilt batting roll by length, height and diameter. Open the bag on both ends to let the air out but do not remove the plastic wrapper. Roll the bag of stuffing back and forth to get a better rounded shape.

To get the diameter of your stuffing or quilt roll wrap a tape measure around the entire round area being careful not to squeeze the roll. If using a quilt batting get the height by measuring on the end from the bottom to top and length by measuring end to end.

Calculate the measurement of the fabric to be cut like this:

Fabric Length - (20 inches) plus the diameter (20 inches), plus 1 inch for the hem = 41 inches (my measurements).
Fabric Width - diameter (20 inches) plus 1 inch = 21 inches (my measurements).
Bow or Drawstring - pillow diameter (20 inches) plus 10 inches = 30 inches.

To make this pillow I will need a 41 x 21 inch piece of cut fabric for the pillow and two 30 x 2 1/2 inch cuts of fabric for the bows.

Note: These are the measurements used for this project, unless you are using the same stuffing (poly-fill brand, 1 lb package.) or a quilt batting you will need to figure your own dimensions.

The finished pillow size is about 36 inches long.

For a larger diameter pillow double the width and use 2 bags of stuffing, the length remains the same.

For shorter pillows reduce length to 24 inches, use half a bag of stuffing, the width remains the same.

Step 3: Make Bow or Drawstring Guides

Lay the fabric with the wrong side up on the ironing board. Press over a 1/4 inch guide lengthwise, along the top and bottom of the fabric. Zigzag Stitch it in place.

Turn your fabric and press over a 2 1/2 inch guide (1/4 inch for drawstrings or whatever fits the bows/drawstrings you will be using) on both short sides of the fabric.

Straight stitch staying close to the edge of the hem. This stitch will form the sleeve for the drawstrings, it is very important not to let the opening get too narrow. If necessary remove stitching and try again.

Step 4: Make the Bow or Drawstrings

Note: If you are using corded drawstrings or bias tape omit this step.

Take the 30 x 2 1/2 inch bow pieces with right sides together stitch a 1/4 inch seam, trim or zigzag stitch the edge. On one end of the bow attach a large safety pin, turn it to the inside of the bow.

While holding the pin push the fabric onto it and pull it down. Repeat until the bow is turned right side out. An alternative is to fold the edge over and use a dowel rod to push the fabric down until it is right side out.

Align the seam to the center and press flat. Turn the raw edges to the inside, pin and topstitch all the way around the bow piece as close to the edge as possible.

Step 5: The Finishing Touch

Thread the bow pieces through the guides.

With right sides together fold the fabric in half lengthwise (top to bottom) and stitch between the bow guides to form the circle. Use care not to stitch the bow guides. Turn the pillow cover right side out, tighten and tie off one end.

Stuff the pillow to your desired firmness, these instructions provide for a medium firm pillow. A quilt batting makes an extra firm pillow.

Slide the batting in with the plastic bag still intact then slide the bag out.

Center and adjust the stuffing or batting. Pull up the bow strings closing the ends and tie a pretty bow.



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    17 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I like these, but I take offence to them bieng called a "kid craft" because these can become very elaborate and difficult to do with some types of fabric. I would reccomend this as a project for a teen, as we could find these an intresting craft, if said teen was somewhat artistic and crafty.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Ah yes...I sleep surrounded by pillows know a person could use this for a door draft stopper too. Good job Deb!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I think this pillow would feel very nice when I get that old kink in the neck. I bet it's very therapeutic.

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    It helps me a lot and the nice thing is that you can adjust the stuffing inside for just the right level of comfort Donald


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I use a similar pillow on long road trips and flights it really makes me feel comfortable. I think you have some really great ideas.

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    Your cool day bed pillow got me thinking..(btw :0) it is moi ca va bien?) Just wondering I need a day bed to go with your pillow. Do you think if i covered a baby's crib mattress and strapped it on to a coffee table and then made a pretty cover for the mattress that it would work as a day bed? My living room is really small, but i need more seating

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    yah.. you're prob right-it would need additional support-now to think what that might be...hmmm


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Oh yes - simple to do and much cheaper than buying bolsters. Need several of these to prop up at different while playing Winster.

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    LOL oh yeah they are great for Winnie Time, I've made about 5 of these so far.