This is a sneak peak at a gift IÂ just finishedÂ for Maia's birthday. A pillow buddy.
She'll be three at the end of the month and we're planning to get her a bed and re-do her room a bit. This is a bigger deal than you might think because right now she sleeps with us in our big happy family bed. We're all for slow, mostly kid-led transitions so we'll probably start with naptimes in her own bed/bedroom and go from there. But it seems time for her to have the option of her own bed.
So with the bed being the big new thing this birthday we're giving a few other gifts to go along with it, including this friendlyÂ pillow buddy. She's about pillow size, so could be used as a pillow or just hugged like a doll.
I used fabric crayons to draw the design onto a piece of paper -- pretty much straight from my childhood copy of Making ThingsÂ -- then transferred it to fabric with an iron. After I drew the pillow buddy, I remembered that they don't work on 100% cotton. So I used a poly/cotton blend for the transfer, and then made the rest of the pillow out of cotton fabric.
I ended up makingÂ the pillow buddy asÂ a pillow case with an envelope flap closure in the back, then made a special pillow to fit. Since I don't know how much use/wear she'll get, I thought I ought to be able to wash her.
So there you go. A pillow buddy.