Name of Project
Ages This Project is Suitable For
Approximate Time Required to Complete This Project
45 to 1 hour or more (plus overnight drying time)
Recycled clean t-shirt (solid light color preferred)
Needle with a dull tip and large eye (not plastic)
lots of recycled plastic grocery bags
piece of cardboard
fabric markers or paints
optional string or yarn
1) Using a recycled t-shirt, cut two pieces of fabric (using the front and back of the shirt - below any logo that may appear) they should be the same size. This will be the body of your pillow.
Another way to do this is to cut off the t-shirt below the arm pits so you have the 2 side seams still intact.
2) Place the cardboard under one side of the shirt and decorate as desired (repeat with the other side) and set aside to dry overnight. (If you are making the pillow with the 2 side seams intact, than skip down to direction #5 - this is ideal for younger kids)
3)The next day have your students sew together (3s, 4s and 5s will need some help getting started and older kids should be able to do this on their own) 3 sides of the pillow. If the fabric is slippery, place a drop of fabric glue in the 4 corners to hold them in place.
4)After sewing 3 sides together, stuff with recycled plastic bags and continue sewing until it is completed.
5) If using the t-shirt with the 2 sides intact, have the children then sew up 1 side, stuff with recycled plastic grocery bags and sew the remaining side,
OR you can use string or yarn to tie one end of the t-shirt pillow, then stuff and tie the other end closed as well - this is the easiest way for little ones.
Use the pillow to recline at your Seder!
Tips and Tricks
- Making the pillow with the t-shirts 2 side seams intact cuts down on your prep time and is an easier option for younger children. I have made these with my 3 year old Preschool class without a problem, but we sew one on one!