This easy to make kids travel pillow does double duty as a toy for entertainment and a neck pillow for when your child finally falls asleep on those long road trips.
It’s time for Week 2 of the So You Think Your Crafty Contest! If you missed last week’s project, click here!
This week’s theme is “Kids Can Do”.
How fun is that?
Now, it’s fairly easy to keep entertained at home when you’re working on a project together like my very easy to follow angel wings wall hanging project.
But I decided on a Kid’s Travel Pillow for this project, because it’s so hard to keep kids entertained while traveling in the car.
To make the pillow you will need:
- A pair of argyle soccer socks (any size, I chose a size large since my kids are older) You can order these green ones on this website.
- Red and Pink craft felt
- Poly-fiberfill stuffing
- Wiggly Eyes in two colors
- Craft Heat Bond, Craft Glue or Fabric Glue
- Large needle and embroidery floss (to match your socks)
- Small pieces of stick on velcro (optional)
You can keep all of your material in your diy wooden tool box if you’ve already created one!
To make the mouth, cut two pieces of the red felt into ovals. Trace the red felt pieces onto the pink felt for the interior part of the mouth. Cut the pink felt, with the red being slightly smaller so you can see the two colors. Pink felt first, then the red on top will make an interesting mouth design.
Cut out two tongue pieces from the red felt. Cut the heat bond for each mouth piece, making it slightly smaller than the felt so it won’t show around the edges. Cut two small pieces for the very end of the tongue, the rest of the tongue will be free and wiggly. I love things that wiggle, don’t you?
Adhere the pieces together with Craft Heat Bond using a warm iron, or if your kids are too young to handle an iron, use craft glue or fabric glue. Be sure to iron both sides for maximum adhesion.
Attach to the bottom of the foot part of the sock with either method. I like how the sock has different colors at the toe and heal, it helps to define the mouth area.
Again, iron both sides of the sock for maximum adhesion.
After the sock has cooled, put the sock on your hand like a puppet, to find the correct eye placement. Glue eyes in place with craft glue. If you have a very young child, draw them on with a fabric marker instead. I placed my eyes right above the black sock toe.
Stuff your snake with the fiberfill stuffing. Check to be certain the snake will still form around the neck by pinning the two socks together and checking the fit and function. If it is too big, you can over lap the ends of the sock at the back of the neck until it is the right size, then re-pin in place.
Use the needle and embroidery floss to slip stitch the sock ends together at the back of the neck. This helps hold the head in place so you can see his adorable wiggly eyes.
WIGGLY EYES = ADORABLE
Using more embroidery floss, make a few stitches at the side of the mouth to hold his adorable mouth into position. Cut and trim threads.
This is a good opportunity to teach your kids to sew. Don’t be a perfectionist about this, let your child take a few stitches, the unpredictable nature of the needle and thread will only add to your snake’s character.
Optional: Use two small pieces of stick on velcro (you may have to glue them on) to hold the snake heads together at the front of the neck, or you can let them hang loose for play.
Time to travel with your new Kids Pillow!! Now you can rest in the front seat easy and think about important things like your budget bathroom makeover.
If you would like to see the other projects in this week’s contest, check out the So You Think Your Crafty Blog.
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