I had this idea to get Miss E a big pillow (14 x 28) and then sew a cover for it that included pockets that she could stash things and create little sleeping bag-like arrangements for her various animals and ponies. It took about 2 1/2 hours and really wasn’t that hard since it was all simple straight stitching.
I cut two pieces of 16 x 30 fabric (approximately) and then I took the piece to be on the front and used it to start pinning pockets of various fabrics to. I didn’t measure- just eyeballed and pinned. Once I was happy with my choices I took them all off and sewed the tops (folded over once so it won’t frey). Then I arranged and sewed the overlapping ones (this took some thinking) so that all the pockets would be fully open on the pillow, but also sewn down good.
Then piece by piece I stitched (sides and bottoms- as needed) to the pillow itself. you can see that on the edges of some I used pinking shears instead of folding edge under. Once done, I put inside-out with the other 16×30 piece of fabric and sewed 3 sides together along marks I made to help me get the right finished size. Then I turned it right side out, put it over the pillow, and stitched (with machine- yes a little sloppy of me) the final side closed. To do this I just folded the raw ends under and then stitched. Not quite as pretty as it could have been- but it totally works. (and was much faster than hand sewing!)
I couldn’t help myself- I already gave it to her. My reasoning? She’s going to get lots of Christmas presents so it’d be more apreciated now.
and yes, she LOVES it!!