I love doing things to make my little boys’ dreams come true and this was one of those things. A birthday gift for my little guy that blew his mind. Actually, one of my other sons came up with the idea for this. Some of you are going to love this (or at least your sons are) and others of you are going to have no idea what this even is. In my family, this is a bit of an obsession. It’s a Ninjago Pillow!
Yes, that’s a Lego Ninjago character. Jay to be exact. Ninjago is Lego’s latest and greatest (or do they have a new one by now?) and it has been very near and dear to several of my children’s hearts in the last year.
For my 4 year old’s birthday back in January I decided to make him a Ninjago pillowcase, which he loved, so I thought I might as well share my idea with the Ninjago loving world.
Very easy to make and you could do any color for any of the ninjas.
Ninjago Pillow Tutorial:
- 1 yard of fabric in background color
- Small amounts of yellow, white and black fabric
- Paper backed fusible adhesive (like Heat n Bond)
Start out by cutting your fabric for the pillowcase. See How to Make a Pillowcase below.
Using your pattern pieces, you need 1 yellow mask part, 2 white eyes, 2 black eyes and two eyebrows.
Iron your pieces onto the iron on transfer paper and then iron them in place on your pillowcase. To figure out where you want these, fold your large piece of fabric for the pillowcase in half and center them on one half. Iron them in place and then unfold the fabric to do your applique.
Do a tight zig zag stitch around each piece of the face. I also added the under eye shadow by just continuing my zig zag stitch on a little farther.
Sew the pillowcase together on the bottom and one side. Fold the top down about 3 inches and press, then again 3 more inches and press again. Sew around the top to finish the pillowcase and you are done. (These instructions are also below.)
How to Make a Pillowcase:
- About 1 yard of fabric
Cut your fabric into 1 large piece that is 40″ by 38″ big.
Fold the fabric in half so that right sides are together and it is now 20″ by 38.”
Sew a straight stitch up one of the short ( 20″ wide) sides and then up the long side.
Then fold the fabric down a the top of the unsewn side about 3 inches and then about 3 inches again. This will form the top hem of the pillowcase.
Stitch all the way around the hem. Then turn it all right side out and you are done.
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