Bedtime with your little ones is a delicate dance. It’s important to provide structure, but also to have some flexibility when it comes to your child’s nightly needs. Allowing them to have a voice in the process often makes the transition from day to night much more smooth. But, how do you give your child ownership of bedtime without letting them take it over and avoid it indefinitely? One easy way to empower them and help them enjoy bedtime more is by giving them some control over their evening accoutrements: jammies, stuffies, blankies, etc. Today, we have some ideas for DIY pillow crafts for kids that are not only fun to make, but also make kids more eager to lay their weary heads down. A squishy invitation to slumber your child simply cannot deny.
Pocket Pillow (pictured above) – This DIY pillow craft couldn’t get any easier. All we did was sew a heart onto a felt rectangle and then stitch the felt onto the pillow. (A curved upholstery needle works well for this.) We only attached three sides, so we have a pocket for little plush pals or for bedtime notes for your little one. (A great idea for parents that travel frequently!)
Critter Pillow (pictured above) – Again, using felt, you can give any pillow some eyes, ears, arms, whatever you like to create an adorable critter or loveable alien. Whatever your child can dream up! (For our critter, 10 year-old Zoey wanted pipe cleaner antennae, which is fine for an older child, but could pose a risk to a younger child. Whatever you make, keep safety in mind and make sure all pieces are attached securely.)
Here are 10 more ideas from the interwebs!
Typography Pillows from Brit + Co
Ombre Pillow Case from Sew Mama Sew
Reading Pillow from Polka Dot Chair
Handprint Pillowcase from Kiboomu Kids’ Crafts
Beetle and Butterfly Specimen Pillows from Unicorn Hat Party
No-Sew T-Shirt Pillow from Megan Nicolay
Raindrop Pillow from Bloesem Kids
Pillow Bed from The Children’s Nest
Tie-Dye Pillow from favecrafts
Erasable Notebook Paper Pillow from Instructables
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