How to make a shield for kids that is soft and can double as a pillow. These fantastic shields, paired with a foam sword, will save your furniture and hopefully prevent injuries.
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Planning to go to Renaissance Festival with our son for the first time, I decided to whip up a quick costume for him, including this awesome pillow shield.
- Either a patch for the front, a Cricut/Silhouette HTV decal, hand embroidery, or machine embroidery
- Sewing machine and supplies
How to Make a Play Shield
While I like toy shields made with metal or cardboard, my son is not even two years old and it will be some time before he’s got the restraint and social skills to completely understand the difference between play fighting and fighting.
Soft items are good… and this shield should protect me/him, depending on who grabs it to defend themselves. Haha, it might be me.
I made my pattern for the shield, cut out two pieces of fabric that matched the tunic, embroidered the front piece…
I made the straps, turned and top stitched them. Then I stitched them onto the back of the shield. You could make them horizontal or vertical, it’s a personal preference thing.
Sewed the back and front fabrics, right sides together, and left a small opening to add the fluff. Turned. Added the fluff and sewed up the hole. I think there’s fancy stitches you can use to do this, but I didn’t bother. I might seam rip later to fix it once I find a good tutorial on how to stitch it closed, but I just didn’t have the time or patience today.
Here’s the back of my finished product, along with the sword. Yay!
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Danielle Pientka is the sewing and DIY blogger behind DIYDanielle.com. She taught herself to sew in 2011 when she wanted to make cloth diapers for her first son. She’s been sewing everything from ecofriendly items to kids products to clothing since, as it has become a passion. She loves learning how to do new things and teaching others in the process. She hopes to inspire other moms to take time for themselves to find their own creative passion.
Danielle lives in Maryland with her three young sons and her husband, Brandon. In her spare time, she gardens, reads, horseback rides, and has a small homestead with goats and ducks. Visit her shop to buy patterns or her sewing eBooks. Subscribe to her newsletter to get blog updates, free patterns and other printables by clicking here.