Friday, July 8, 2011

Pillows for your classroom library

When I first started teaching I was flat broke!  Sound familiar?

But I wanted to have color coordinated pillows for my classroom library... So I made some!

These pillows are about 5 years old so they are a little frayed.  They are balancing on top of Theodora's cage.  She loves it~makes her feel like a cave dwelling guinea pig!

These are super simple and CHEAP! Here's how:
  1. I rounded up some pillow forms.  I had some that went with my old comforter set and a few bedroom pillows that had lost their um-pf!
  2. I bought some inexpensive bathroom towels at Wally World.
  3. Then I wrapped the towel around the pillow form and pin the sides. Since not all pillows are the exact same size, this makes your pattern and determines where you want to run your seam. 
  4. Then, with my handy-dandy Brother sewing machine, I run two seams (see the picture).
  5. Turn the towel inside out and you have a pocket to slide your pillow into. 

I love that they are durable and washable!  I take them home several times a year and toss the towel into the washing machine.  I have never had a problem with the l-word (rhymes with twice), but if I did, a trip to the washer would solve it.

My students drag these all over the classroom.  They are wonderful for buddy reading.  Two kiddos can sit on a standard sized pillow.  It keeps them close and comfy!

I am thinking I may want to remake some this summer.  I may splurge and pay more than the $1.97 each for the towels.  I may even add a color coordinated ribbon or something along those lines. 

You guys are so creative, so I would love to see what you come up with.  If you do make some, comment with a link to your blog (or email me photos).  I can then post them for you.

14 comments:

  1. I love this idea. Being washable is key for me.
    Fun 2B in First

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  2. Great idea---but that will mean I have to re-visit those long lost sewing skills I used to have!! :)

    My list of things to do this summer keeps getting longer!

    Deedee...would you visit my blog and let me know what you think? Its only been up a day...but how does it look?

    Liesl in VA
    http://wildworldofkindergarten.blogspot.com/

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  3. Way too cute!!! I might have to try my hand at sewing {or get my momma to help me out}. Thanks!
    ✿Tanya
    Ms. Solano's Kindergarten

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  4. Great idea! I never thought of using towels like that, I might just have to go try this:)
    Thanks,
    Carolee

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  5. Super idea and love that they are washable. Just found your blog and now follow:0)

    4th Grade Frolics

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  6. What a wonderful idea, thank you for sharing!
    ~Fern
    Fern Smith’s Classroom Ideas!

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  7. Thank you for sharing this fabulous idea! I have been trying to decide between buying cute chairs or making cute pillows - no question now - I love how easy this is and that the covers are washable. Unfortunately one of the downfalls of teaching (and living)in Hawaii is the l-word. Too common here for comfort...they love the weather like the rest of us.

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  8. I am laughing at your 'rhyming L word' trick.... I think they were one of the ten plagues in Egypt! Yuck!

    Thought--would a length of fleece be less costly? I keep seeing it on sale everywhere. Or, sheets? You are handy with the sewing machine and sheets sets come in a wide variety of decorations.

    ReadWriteSing

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  9. I was thinking fleece too. It is super soft, goes on sale and you can fringe them without unraveling issues.If you buy pillow forms they will hold their shape for a bit longer too! Denim is great too because it wears well. Last shot- bandanas come in millions of colors and can be tied at the corners... okay I am over myself!
    Fran@kindergartencrayons.blogspot.com

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  10. The Peterson Family~Love Hawaii... Dislike the l~word :-(

    Oh... AND I am LOVIN' the fleece ideas ladies! Sounds like a shopping trip to the big city!

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  11. Tiles are such a great idea. I had cotton pillows that didn't long.

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  12. I am planning on making pillows and never considered towels. Love that idea!

    シ Tracey
    Our Cool School

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  13. Thanks for the great ideas. I am new to professional blogging and I am completely addicted because of blogs like yours:)

    hoppykindergarten.blogspot.com

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  14. Love your idea! I just made up four in super bright colors for my 7th graders. Can't wait for the first day of school! :)

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