February 28, 2011

Celebrating BOYS!!!

I know that you know about the "Celebrate the Boy" celebration going on right now. 
Right??
If you don't know about this, you'll love it!

It's a brief pause in the major girly-ness of crafting to focus on our little men and all the things that we can make especially for them! Last year, Dana from MADE, and Rae from Made by Rae decided to shake up the craft blogging world and devote an entire month to boy-related posts! It's the party of the year, imo, and even if you don't have boys, you really don't want to miss it!

This year Dana asked me to contribute a little something, and while I'm no expert in spiders, snails and puppy-dog tails, I really loved coming up with something with something for our macho-munchkins! :o)



And I borrowed two of the cutest little ones I could find to test it out on!


It's like flannel graph on a pillow!
With a sly little pocket in the back to save all the pieces, and mom's sanity. :o)

The play possibilities are practically endless. You'll probably even find yourself nudging them out of the way for "mommy's turn". (Or...maybe that was just me.)
And it's delightfully simple to make!


1: Cut out three felt circles about 18" in diameter, then chop about 6 inches off of one.
2: Fold over the top of your 12" circle and hem. I like to sew two lines because it feels fancy.
3: Lay your 12" on top of a 18".
4: Lay the other 18" on top of that and pin almost all the way around, leaving enough room for your hand to fit through. (If you're using a pillow form, leave a larger opening.)
5: Sew where you've pinned, and turn right side out.
6. Stuff with polyfill or a pillow form.
7. Stitch the opening closed.




Then have fun cutting shapes out of different colors of felt! You can cut out anything your little heart desires of course, but here are a few patterns I've created for the pieces I used. Click to enlarge to actual size, and print away!



Then sit back and enjoy watching it go flying in every direction, being sat upon, and used as a deadly weapon to fight evil. (I'm pleased to say that it holds up remarkably well!)

When I was watching these boys play with it, I couldn't help wishing I had someone to throw things around and fight evil forces in my house. I love boys' unending energy and innocent mischief! I think I would have stolen at least one of them if their mother didn't know where I lived. :O)




So celebrate your boys!! 


And don't miss all the other wonderful posts and tutorials going on!
Check out the MADE celebration!
Check out the Made by Rae Celebration!


"Little boys come in all shapes and sizes,
Shy and adventurous, full of surprises,
With misshapen halos and
mischievous grins,
Small dirty faces, and sweet, sticky chins.
They'll keep you so busy, and yet all the while
Nothing can brighten the world like
their smile.
And no greater treasure has brought homes more joy
Than a curious, active, and lovable boy!"
-Author unknown

61 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, this is genius! I want to make one for me.

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  2. So cute, Disney! I love the pocket in the back to store everything!

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  3. So much fun! I know a little boy who'd love that. I must add it to my list! I love the storage in the back! So useful.

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  4. Love the pillows, they are so much fun. One question, is the fabric for the main pillow portion felt or flannel?

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  5. This idea is genius. I think even my GIRL would love one.

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  6. LOVE it! And that poem is so cute!

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  7. I have the same question as Jmom, what is the fabric on the main pillow, felt or flannel, and also is there velcro to hold anything on, or since it's felt it just kind of sticks on by itself?

    Thanks so much!

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  8. The pillow and pieces are made with felt, so they stick to each other. :o)

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  9. Love this so much! Great idea.

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  10. Love this! I think I'll make it for my son birthday on March 23rd. Thanks!

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  11. too cute...thanks for the post.

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  12. That is so fun! Forget the boys, I want one!!

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  13. I'm going to make one for my daughter. My son is a little too young for this but will one day get one of these too! Thanks!

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  14. Disney...

    Dana is absolutely right. Everything you touch is gold. Great project!

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  15. this is awesome!! So creative and fun!

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  16. Thanks for such a wonderful boy idea. I know my monster will love it; when I get around to it that is. ;)

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  17. this is amazing!!! so clever! and the faces you made are so funny.

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  18. As the mommy of three adorable boys, THANK YOU for letting me know about "Celebrate Boys" month!!! =) Love the pillows!

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  19. Thank you for the idea! I'm having trouble opening some of the templates for the face pieces, though. Is there a problem with some of the links, or is it my computer?

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  20. Hey there, I nominated you for a Stylish Blogger Award! Go to this link to see what's up =).
    http://classycosmetics.blogspot.com/2011/02/stylish-blogger-award.html

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  21. Ooh, how fun! What a great idea, thanks for sharing :)

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  22. What a great idea! This would be fun for long car rides. Thanks for putting a pocket in the back too!

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  23. Brilliant!!! And I love the photos with the boys and their monster faces!

    I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-build-your-own-monster-face-pillow/2011/03/01/

    --Anne

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  24. Anon: The photos are all working for me, you should be able to just click them and it will take you to the full-size version. If you need to, you can email me and I will send the ones you need as attachments. :o)
    rufflesandstuff (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  25. Hopped over here to follow you from Be Different Act Normal. This pillow is on my To Make Now list. My grands will love it. There parents will, too, because it's an awesome car toy. Thank you for such a good tutorial

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  26. Thanks, Disney! I tried opening the links in Firefox instead of Explorer, and they worked just fine. Thanks again!

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  27. I love it! My boy/girl twins will have so much fun with this. I may have to make a girl version too, unless you come up with one...=-)

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  28. Disney, these are AWESOME! I think I'll have to try this out today.

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  29. Brilliant! Thanks for sharing!

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  30. LOVE that poem. So sweet. And your pillow idea is super fun :)

    Thanks for coming back from lunch for a minute to share!

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  31. I LOVE this! So cute. I'm going to make one, or two or three! Thanks for sharing your creativity, Disney.

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  32. Saving this for one day when I hopefully have a boy. Such a cute idea! Like Mr.Potato Head but more fun because you can cuddle with it!

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  33. I love this so much.
    I always loved felt boards as a kid. I thought they were SO amazing. I keep telling myself I need to make something fun with felt. You've inspired me! Love those monster heads.

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  34. This is great! like a handmade mr potato head. I love it! I'm also loving keeping up with CTB. Thanks for sharing. This would be a great in bed quiet project for the no nap days. cool!

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  35. This is amazing!!!! I am totally making this for the little boy I nanny for!

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  36. So awesome. Thanks for a great idea.

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  37. What a fabulous idea! I have to make these for my kids!

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  38. I love this!! I'm going to have to make one for my nephew's birthday, that I just realized is next week!! He will LOVE it!! Thanks!!

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  39. has anyone come up with a girl version?

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  40. Ummm....... AWESOME!!! How cool is that?!!! Thanks so much for sharing. What a fun idea!

    Love to have you link up to my new link party, For the Kids Fridays!
    http://sunscholars.blogspot.com
    :)rachel

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  41. Just made one for a little boy I love and it was awesome! And so easy! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  42. This looks so incredibly fun!! I cannot wait to try it for my boys, thanks for the great tutorial!!!

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  43. This would be so much fun to make! You could get super creative and add so much! I'd love to see a girly version too. How fun!

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  44. This looks awesome, And very easy to make in quickly. I really like it, its best usage is pillow, great to share with us.

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  45. My 8-year old son is making these as his first independent sewing project ever. He is so proud of himself. :) Thanks for sharing!

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  46. This is AWESOME! (your pictures are great too!)

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  47. I'm going to have to whip up one of these for a VERY upcoming birthday party. But I know my girly-girl will be jealous and want a princess version. I know this project was created for all those boys left out of the the girly craft world but please, please make a female template option too. Absolutely Marvelous Project!

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  48. I love it! It is so much better than a mr. potato head... and being home-made makes it so much more special and you can create more faces and expressions as you go along, what a brilliant idea. Thanks for sharing!

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  49. This is going on my "want to make" list! What a fun idea!

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  50. What a great idea! My boys would love this!

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  51. muy bonita idea se lo hare para mi hijito, felicitaciones desde PerĂº

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  52. I made a Monster Face over the weekend for a friend's son. Thanks for the tutorial!

    http://www.mamamelcrafts.com/2011/04/2011-thing-week-week-16-monster-face.html

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  53. Thanks SO much for the idea!! So much fun to make and even more fun to play with!!!

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  54. I've been sewing like crazy for my girls and my poor son keeps getting left out so I made him a 9" diameter version of your face pillow. My felt pieces were too small to do any bigger.
    It was a hit!
    I think his favourite parts were the tongue and handle-bar moustache.
    It is so hard to find boy crafts. Thanks!!

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  55. I am going to make these with a girl twist too and wondered if I could make it with the felt that you can get at our local craft store or if it needs to be the heavy duty stuff?

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  56. So freakin' cool! I totally have to make a girl version for my 3 daughters!

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  57. So cute!

    I’d love it if you shared this with the Fun Family Crafts audience.
    FFC is similar to Craftgawker but it only features kid friendly tutorials.

    Looking forward to seeing what fun crafts you submit!
    http://funfamilycrafts.com

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