Things You'll Need
- Straight pins
- Matching thread
- Sewing machine
- Hand sewing needle
- White embroidery floss or yarn
Decorate a sports fan's bedroom or a rec room by stitching your own football-shaped pillow. If you can sew a regular pillow, you'll find that sewing a football shape isn't much more of a challenge. For an extra soft and fuzzy pillow, use fleece or felt. Get creative with your pillow and use a printed fabric or a different color than the traditional brown. Cut the fabric to any size you want, depending on how large you want the pillow.
Draw a football pattern on the paper. The pattern will look like an oval with two pointy ends. Consult an actual football if you aren't sure how to draw the pattern. Make the pattern as large as you want and add 1/2 inch all around for the seam allowance.
Fold the fabric in half with the right side of the fabric facing in.
Cut out the pattern and place it on top of the folded fabric. Pin the pattern in place and then cut the fabric out around the pattern.
Remove the pattern from the fabric and pin the fabric pieces together.
Sew along the edges of the fabric, leaving a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Leave a 3 inch gap on one side so that you can turn the pillow right side out and stuff it.
Turn the fabric right side out. Fill the pillow with the poly-fill. Stuff it very full with the batting, even if you think you've stuffed enough in. Hand sew the gap closed, tucking the raw edges under.
Thread the needle with the yarn or embroidery floss. Stitch a running stitch along one seam in the center of the pillow. Make the row of stitches about one-third the width of your football pillow. Sew a few stitches across the long stitch to complete the lacing of the football.
Based in Pennsylvania, Emily Weller has been writing professionally since 2007, when she began writing theater reviews Off-Off Broadway productions. Since then, she has written for TheNest, ModernMom and Rhode Island Home and Design magazine, among others. Weller attended CUNY/Brooklyn college and Temple University.