So I have already posted about one of the birthday gifts I gave to my nieces but this is one of those projects that kept getting put off for other things I needed to finish. I have a bunch of pillow forms that I’m trying to use up and since the girls love Rainbow Dash, I figured why not attempt a pillow? Plus, you get to hear about all of the things I wish I would have done instead to make your own stellar Rainbow Dash pillow!
I have to admit that although I was a My Little Pony fan as a kid, I had no idea who Rainbow Dash was until one niece got a Rainbow Dash Build-A-Bear for her birthday. So with that background, here is what I used.
- 1/2 yd Fleece or light blue colored fabric
- Felt in a variety of colors
- A pillow form
- Puffy Paint
- Sewing Machine
First of all, I measured my pillow form (since it wasn’t wrapped in plastic) and then cut my blue fabric to that size + 1″ to allow for the seam for the front piece. I added 1/2″ onto that measurement for the back and then cut it down the middle, to account for the hair section I would be sewing. I freehanded the eyes on paper and then cut out the different colors from there.
One thing that would have been easier would be to cut out the white part the entire size of the eye so that none of the blue would peek through. You can also cut out the hair that will go in the front. You actually only need to cut out one pair of eyelashes since the hair covers the other one but I already sewed it in place before realizing that.
I didn’t do anything fancy for the eyes, just sewed them on. I chose felt because I didn’t have to do anything special to get it to stay in place for me to sew it. For the hair in back, I sections of felt and then with them folded in half (like the orange piece below) I cut it, leaving a small piece at the bottom so that they didn’t all come apart.
The other thing I wish I would have done was to make these much longer. I only did 4″ wide but I think at the end it would have looked so much better in back with longer strips. If you don’t like it on the finished product you can always trim it!
I sewed the hair down the back as well as the orange and yellow hair on the front. Then I pinned the front and back right sides in and sewed around, leaving a small hole on the bottom to turn outside right and insert the pillow form. This took a little patience since I left the hole a little smaller than I wanted but it worked out.
Who is your favorite pony? Or who would you make this for?