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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