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Project of the Month ~ Child Size Nursing Pillow

TommyThese easy to make pillows are wonderful for a toddler or preschooler who is about to have a new sibling or for toddlers who want to nurse or cuddle their own babies the way mommy has cared for them.

Materials needed:

  • Sturdy woven material (denim, broadcloth, etc.)
  • Thread in coordinating color.
  • Fiberfill
  • Paper and fabric scissors
  • Template from this site
  • Tape


  1. Print out the template 1 and template 2. Line up the edges and tape together for the final pattern.

  2. Fold the fabric in half and place the pattern on the fold of the fabric as indicated on the pattern. Cut two.

  3. Place the two pieces of fabric right sides together and sew a combination seam and overcast on a regular sewing machine or a serger (the example was serged.) Be sure to leave an opening in the front large enough to stuff the pillow.
    Nursing Pillow

  4. Turn the pillow right side out and stuff tightly with fiberfill. The fiberfill will compact so stuff as much as you can in.

  5. Fold in the edges of the open side and whip stitch closed.

Tommy with his pillowI made the transportation theme pillow for my older son when I was pregnant with his little brother. It coordinated with the nursing pillow I made for myself. While I nursed his new baby brother he would hold his stuffed animal "babies" in his arms on his little pillow. The matching denim pillows (Tommy is sitting in one and using the other to hold his teddy bear, "Baby") were made recently. As Tommy demonstrates, nursing pillows are great to prop babies up or for toddlers or preschoolers to sit or lie on. I even use mine as an extra support for my arms when I do hand needlework.

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