DIY Flamingo Pillow Knitting Project for Kids

DIY Flamingo Pillow Knitting Project for Kids

Knit­ting or cro­chet­ing braided chords is a great way to intro­duce kids to work­ing with yarn. Fin­ger knit­ting, cro­chet­ing with a hook, or using a spe­cial knit­ting mushroom—all make great begin­ner meth­ods. But then what to do with all those chords? Easy! Stitch the chord in the shape of their favorite ani­mal to a pil­low. Here’s how!

DIY Flamingo Pillow Knitting Project for Kids

I was inspired to design this flamingo pil­low after watch­ing a doc­u­men­tary fea­tur­ing these beau­ti­ful and amaz­ing birds. Their shape and col­ors are fan­tas­tic. And since my yarn bag con­tains a wide spec­trum of pinks—from apri­cot to pink to magenta—I already had the per­fect shade.

DIY Flamingo Pillow Knitting Project for Kids

What You Need For The Braid

  • Yarn or wool with some stretch to it
  • Knit­ting mush­room, a large cro­chet hook, or a small knit­ting nee­dle (see note below)
  • Scis­sors
DIY Flamingo Pillow Knitting Project for Kids

The mush­room device shown in this tuto­r­ial, called a Strick­lisl, is from my child­hood. I learned to knit with it. You can find one on Ama­zon. You can also make your own loom with an empty toi­let paper roll, 4 to 6 craft sticks, and some tape, or sim­ply use a large cro­chet hook to get nice braids.

What You Need For The Pillow

  • Print­able Flamingo tem­plate (down­load here)
  • Pil­low with a white zip-on pil­low­case, 20 x 20 inches (50 x 50 cm)
  • Card­board, 19 x 19 inches (48 x 48 cm)
  • Black and white felt cir­cles, 0.4 inches (10 mm), and a black pearl for the eye
  • Match­ing sewing threads (magenta and black)
  • Pins
Knitting Mushroom for Kids

Step 1
You can find sev­eral tuto­ri­als online for using a knit­ting mush­room or spool. You need 8.7 feet (2.65 m) for the flamingo. Or you can make three sep­a­rate braids and knot them together, if that’s eas­ier for you.

DIY Flamingo Pillow Knitting Project for Kids DIY Flamingo Pillow Knitting Project for Kids

Step 2
Get ready for the sewing part. Print out the two pages in the tem­plate and tape them together. Cut along the shape of the bird. Insert a piece of card­board in the pil­low­case to pre­vent sewing the two sides together.

DIY Flamingo Pillow Knitting Project for Kids DIY Flamingo Pillow Knitting Project for Kids

Step 3
Posi­tion the tem­plate in the mid­dle of the pil­low­case and start pin­ning the braid along the shape. Start with the body, then do the feath­ers. You may have to adjust the feath­ers, mak­ing them longer or shorter, to make sure you have enough braid.

DIY Flamingo Pillow Knitting Project for Kids

Step 4
Sew the braid into place with a run­ning stitch.

DIY Flamingo Pillow Knitting Project for Kids

Step 5
Make the eye by sewing the black and white felt pieces with the pearl to the flamingo head as shown.

DIY Flamingo Pillow Knitting Project for Kids

Your pil­low is ready!

DIY Flamingo Pillow Knitting Project for Kids

Make a nice cup of tea and take a book to read on the sofa with your new pillow.

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You can make all kinds of ani­mals with dif­fer­ent types of braids. Pick your kids favorite, draw a tem­plate, and stitch a new friend.

Happy craft­ing!