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Topic: Kin-D-Garten Floor Pillows -- Caution, Bright Colors!  (Read 2292 times)
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« on: May 31, 2007 08:42:36 PM »

Ever since my daughter started kindergarten last fall I've learned to love my 6 1/2 hours of "free" time during the day.  It's amazing how quickly those hours are spent up running errands and cleaning, though.  I swear there's some kind of magic there, but I digress. 

Some how I occasionally manage to fit some sewing time in there, an important thing for my sanity and perhaps someday make some kind of tangible profit from.  I woke up yesterday with the best intentions of getting a couple of things I've finished up on Etsy and start a few new things.  I had the house already tidied up, didn't have to go anywhere, and had a stack of fabrics calling out to me.  I was set!

Until, that is, my daughter's teacher says she has a little project for me.  I love to volunteer for the school as much as I can, so of course I agree to help out.  The project is to recover the classroom floor pillows.  (There's a huge iron bathtub in the classroom full of these pillows, it's so great for the kids)  so I spent my precious 6 1/2 hours shopping for the fabric and notions, ending up well over the cash Mrs. H gave me, and planning out the pillow cases.  I sewed all afternoon, and well into the night, but I managed to get all but three of the pillows finished!

NEway, on to the pictures!

Here's a big stack of them.  There were 3 big pillows that I finished before dd was out of school and the aforementioned 3 pillows that weren't yet done when I took the pic, but you get the idea.

I did zippers on the covers so they can be removed and washed easily.  This fabric was so fantastic. nice and sturdy for the kids to jump and sit on, and such fun bright colors. 

Oh, a little advice! If you're covering cushions or pillows for kids I highly suggest using a few hand stitches to hold the zippers closed.  curious little hands just love unzipping!  I did this for these pillows before I dropped them off.

This is just a little detail shot I did of some machine embroidery over the felt I used to make shapes on the pillows.  I used all the shapes from their shapes worksheet.  there were eight shapes total, from circle and square to rhombus and trapezoid!  so fun!

So that's my big Kin-D-Garten pillow project story.  Sure, I ended the day way behind my schedule and having spent money without making any money, but it was totally worth it.  The kids just went crazy when I dropped them off this morning (by the way, Daughter and I always ride our bikes to and from school, you should have seen me riding down the road with a stack of pillows on my lap all the way up to my chin, and a big bag of pillows on my back.  Good fun, good fun.)  Mrs. H was really happy, too, and that's great because she is just the best, grooviest K teacher ever!

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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2007 08:45:29 PM »

Those are awesome pillows. I like the bright colors!

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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2007 09:53:39 PM »

Oh wow!!  How lovely of you to do this.  They look absolutely fantastic.
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2007 07:33:10 AM »

Thanks for the tip on handstiching the zippers closed.  My kid was forever unzipping our couch cushions so I used a saftey pin to prevent that.  I like your idea better!
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2007 07:44:57 AM »

I was on a pillow-making kick last year and I love everything I made.  Pillows are so satisfying because you can whip them up quickly.  I threw away my couch's back cushions and made large pillows as the new couch back.  I couldn't be happier with the results. 
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2007 09:12:22 AM »

Wow, you went above and beyond whatever the teacher was expecting! They look fantastic.

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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2007 10:34:59 AM »

I am a Kindergarten teacher and parents like you make me SMILE!    Grin Grin Grin

great job!

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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2007 10:47:08 AM »

These are really awesome!  I love the bright colors and the embroidery on the felt.  I think I might try do up a few for my two toddlers, they are always pulling the throw pillows off the couch and crashing face first on them.   Tongue
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