This is the beginnings of a gift for a friend that doesn't check my blog....because he's 8 months old. I'm sure when he is 10 months he'll check it daily. I just needed to make an excuse give a reason for why I'm breaking my 'don't post before you give the gift, 2010 Resolution plan of action' for the 1,234 time this month. If the 8 month old part doesn't work, this is also just the beginnings of his gift. Anyway, let's not talk about that anymore because it's not fun for me. A few months ago I made a little travel bag filled with activity bags for the cutest girl under the age of 2 in my family. I wrote about it here. BUT THEN I saw the idea for making travel pillows on Sugar Bee's site here. I think this is so clever b/c you can fill it with a travel pillow, AND toss a few other things (books, games, activities) to bring along on the plane/train/automobile in the pillow/bag. I love the idea of the handle on the pillow for this purpose. His nursery is animal themed, and I had some jungle fabric I bought at some point b/c I liked it. I may add an initial like I did for Blythe, or I may just add goodies.
As for a simplified version of the process. I bought some pillow cases, but then I figured out that I didn't actually have to use pillow cases, I could use fabric. I had some left over sheet fabrics from the barn play tent I made, I sewed a collection of fabric together after eye-balling the size I'd need the pillow case to be...
I then attempted to stitch a thick zig-zag into a rectangle so I could cut out the middle fabric, and he would have a sturdy carrying handle.
I sewed down the sides inside out, turned it right side out, and now I just have to worry about what other things I'll include in this little bag. You bet there will be a book...or four. It's the teacher in me.