So seriously, whose kids aren’t still totally addicted to this whole Pokemon Go thing? Silly me, I figured there was no way I’d still have my 10-year-old begging to be taken to the park or downtown (where there are poke stops on every corner) 4 months later…yet here we are, LOL!
Joey has been asking me to make him Pokemon-themed stuff for months now, and upon finding a good sale on both fleece and fiberfill a couple weeks ago, we decided to whip up some Pokemon poke ball throw pillows. These pillows are super simple to make, and we’ve now made up several for Joey and extras for him to give to some friends as Christmas presents.
To make one you’ll need fleece in red, white, and black for the regular poke ball pillow, along with white and black thread, and fiberfill or similar to stuff it with. For the pattern, I started out trying to just trace the biggest mixing bowl I could find in my kitchen , but decided that it wasn’t quite big enough for what we wanted. So I ended up improvising something like a compass to draw a bigger circle with, using a pipe cleaner and two pens:
I traced and cut out an 18″ circle of paper, then folded it in half. You can make your circle bigger or smaller than that, depending on how big you want your finished pillow to be. I put my half circle pattern on a double layer of red fleece (to cut out 2 pieces) and traced it, adding an extra 1/4″ to 1/2″ on the straight edge for a seam allowance. I did this by just placing my pattern 1/4″ to 1/2″ from the edge of the fleece before tracing the curve. I should’ve taken a photo of this step, but I didn’t. It sounds more complicated than it is. After cutting 2 red half circles, do the same with the white fleece.
Next you will need to cut 2 smaller circles, in white and black. For our 18″ pillow, I cut a 5.5″ black circle and a 4″ white circle. The white circle is easy to transfer to the fabric–just trace it. But for the black, I had to improvise again, since somebody left the lid off my white marking pen rendering it useless. And of course I had no idea until I was ready to trace a circle on black fleece. Fun.
So I used one of my favorite go-to crafting supplies. This stuff:
I use this stuff a LOT. I sprayed my pattern piece circle lightly, stuck it to the black fleece, cut around the pattern, and then peeled it off. The last piece you’ll need to cut is a black strip the width of the diameter of the circles. I made mine 1″ wide. Here are all the pieces cut out and ready to sew:
First we’ll put together the 2 circles for the pillow sides. We’ll do this by placing each red half on top of each white half, right sides together. For one of these halves, we’re going to sew straight down the entire length of the straight side. For the other, we’re going to leave an opening about 4″ long in the center of the straight side, and sew on either side of that. That will be where we stuff the pillows later.
Next, we’re going to sew the small white circle to the small black circle. Again, I used the basting spray to stick them together–much easier than pinning–and then sewed about 1/4″ from the edge all the way around with a straight stitch. The first one we made I tried zigzagging, but it puckered quite a bit and is totally unnecessary, since fleece does not fray at all.
Now we’ll take the circle that we didn’t leave an opening in, and create the front of our pillow.
Using the basting spray, I centered my 1″ piece of black fleece over the seam. (If you use the spray, spray the strip itself over a piece of paper; don’t spray the front of the pillow.) Then I changed the thread in my machine to black, and stitched the strip down each side, about 1/4″ or less from the edge.
Once the black strip was sewn, I centered the black/white circle over the strip, and still using black thread sewed around the outer edge of the black circle.
That completes the front of the pillow! Now we just need to sandwich the 2 halves, right sides together, matching the side seams.
Pin it together (the basting spray won’t work here since we have to turn this right side out later!), and then sew all the way around the outer edge of the circle. I switched back to white thread for this step.
Now, I HATE snipping curves. I have lovely spring-loaded scissors just for this purpose, but I still hate the tediousness of it. With the first pillow, we forgot. The next one, I snipped. It didn’t seem to make a whole lot of difference, perhaps because fleece is so stretchy anyway. So snip or not, your choice.
Then turn the whole thing right side out through the hole in the back seam, push the edges out well from the inside so it’s nice and round, and then stuff it however much you want. We made ours pretty soft and squishy, which in hindsight was a really good idea since Joey throws them at the rest of us, even though we don’t much resemble any of the Pokemon I’ve seen.
Here’s a happy boy with his Pokemon pillows! We made the great ball the same way, just substituted blue for the red and added the red “U” shaped pieces to the front the same way we added the stripe and center circles. We still have plans to make an ultra ball and a master ball…in between all the other holiday craft projects I have on my agenda, LOL!
So there you have it…super easy peasy fleece poke ball pillows. Please let me know what you think, or if you have any questions about my instructions. Enjoy!