Help your toddler develop fine motor skills and learn to spell his or her name with this clever alphabet pillow.
Children acquire skills at an astonishing rate, and even more so when they can benefit from the guidance of adults. In fact, many of the activities parents undertake with their children are not only entertaining, but also educational. This easy-to-make pillow -- cleverly embellished with buttons and felt letters -- provides a perfect way to help toddlers develop their motor skills and learn how to spell their names.
- ABC Pillow Letters Template
- Small boudoir pillow (ours measures 12 by 16 inches)
- Sewing pencil
- Strong thread
Download and print the template, and select the letters your child's name comprises. Pin a letter to a piece of felt, fold the letter in half lengthwise, and snip the buttonhole. Unfold, and cut out the letter. If your child has a very long name, reduce the size of the letters before printing. (You can also help your child learn the alphabet by printing all the letters out, cutting them from felt, and creating a pouch. To make the pouch, sew two smaller pieces of felt together on three sides.)
Create a slipcover, measure the pillow, and add 2 inches to the width and length. Cut a piece of felt to these dimensions. For the back of the slipcover, cut two pieces of felt to the same length as the front piece and half as wide plus 2 inches.
Pin the front and back pieces together, and sew around the perimeter, leaving a 3/4-inch seam allowance.
Mark the position of the buttons (they should be about 2 3/4 inches apart). Use a sewing pencil and ruler to make a mark where the center of each buttonhole will sit. Sew the buttons on very tightly, using a doubled length of the strong thread. You can also add a button and buttonhole in the back to hold the opening closed.