Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Boy Craft: Action Figure Mini Pillows




My boys really love Life of Fred. We were working in our math books one day and Mr. History said, “I wish I had a Fred toy.”  Mr. Science said, “I wish I had Kingie toy!” So not unlike the boys on Phineas and Ferb, they knew what they were going to do that day. They decided to make Fred and Kingie mini pillows. 


I realized while making these you could draw anything on the material you wanted. Boys could make various kinds of action figures. They could also write their favorite quotations on the material.  The ideas are limitless. 


We used flour sack towels because we had some lying around, but any white material would work. Here are the steps for making the mini pillows:

1)      Fold over your material so you will have two pieces to sew together.
2)      Draw an outline of your favorite character on the material.
3)      Cut out your drawing. I had the boys cut it out in a more circular shape and not worry about cutting in on the line. This made it easier to sew.
4)      Make sure the piece with the picture is face down.
5)      Sew the two pieces together with a basic stitch. Make sure to leave a hole big enough to turn your material inside out so you can see the drawing.
6)      Turn your material inside out.
7)      Use the hole to stuff your pillow.
8)      Then sew the hole up and your mini pillows are done!

I try to get the boys to do all the steps themselves. It will not be perfect when finished but they will be proud because they made it!

18 comments:

  1. Love that your boys are so into craft! I have never heard of Life of Fred.

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    1. Life of Fred is a very fun Math curriculum! Thank you for your comment.

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  2. So fun to see a Mom doing crafty stuff with her boys! I love it! I would love to have you link up some of it on my blog's link-up Wednesdays! Great job! www.solagratiamom.com

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    1. Thank you very much! We have fun with our craft time!

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  3. Sharla, this is terrific and I love you do crafts with your boys while learning too. Carrie, www.amothersshadow.com

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  4. I love this idea! I have four boys myself and this would be a good way to get them introduced to sewing on a machine. My husband is the one that pulls out the sewing machine before I do...and he sews by hand better than me. Thanks for this fun post!

    Just stopping by from BYB in 100 Days.

    ~Adrienne
    http://www.adriennezmilligan.com/

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    1. That is great! My husband knows how to crochet and I do not.

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  5. This is very cute! We do Life of Fred, and I can definitely recognize them. :-) I'm stopping by from BYB.

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    1. Thank you for telling me that! I will tell the boys. They will be thrilled.

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  6. Wow - they did a great job (and enjoyed making them by the sound of it)! :)
    Thank you for sharing at #Pintorials

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    1. Thank you for your comment! We are now trying to learn how to use a sewing machine. :)

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  7. oh man. these are way too cute! How fun!

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  8. wow this is awesome! I learned to sew ages ago but have not done much. My son learned how to sew on a button at his co-op class and he spent hours sewing buttons on for days thereafter. I will have to show him this idea :)

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  9. Ha! This is awesome! We enjoy reading and learning with LOF, too! My son would get a kick out of having his own pillows! Wish I knew a thing or two about how to sew!

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    1. Our sewing was not perfect at all! :)

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