Out of the blue the other day, my six year-old, Isaac, said that he “needed” to make a pillow for his buddy, Cash. He was holding a piece of brown kraft paper that he wanted to sew into a square shape and stuff with cotton balls. It just so happened that Nana Sue would be coming for a visit the very next day, so I told him that perhaps she could help him with this project (since I don’t really use the sewing machine). And when she arrived, Isaac immediately asked her to teach him how to sew…so he could make a pillow for Cash.
After convincing him that a paper pillow wouldn’t hold up very well, we looked for old t-shirts and fabric scraps. Remembering I had fabric swatches saved (for over eight years) from when we were designing Mason’s nursery bedding…and a few of my favorite t-shirts that the boys wore when they were babies/toddlers, I gathered a bunch of material for the project. Now, with Nana here and motivated by Isaac’s idea…they would be made into adorably cuddly, decorative pillows!
After choosing the shirt he wanted to make into Cash’s cuddle pillow, Isaac and Nana set out on a pillow-making extravaganza!
And here’s the finished pillow for Cash, which Isaac was so excited to deliver to his friend…along with a hand-written note. I hope the boys learned what a great feeling it is to be able to make a gift for someone…just as it’s so wonderful to receive something that a friend made by hand.