Wanting a fun project to amuse kids on a weekend? I watched this Facebook Live from Janome America and Kimberley Einmo a while ago and was inspired to make a similar “Done before Dinner” project. Thank you, Kimberly. I now use my iPad rice pillow or stand every day! Look for Kimberly’s video on Facebook > Janome Sewing Machines > videos > Kimberly Einmo Done before Dinner series. It has add yarns and decorative trims to your projects with couching techniques in the video title.
I used a green cotton/linen blend fabric and couched a slightly bubbly yarn as embellishment – as suggested by Kimberly. You could, of course, recycle denim jeans and make your iPad stand from upcycled materials.
So recently I had 2 little people staying over as their Mom & Dad’s shifts overlapped and there is no childcare on weekends. So we got sewing together!
They chose fabric in my stash and we cut 2 pieces of fabric for each of them measuring approx 9 x 6 inches. Kimberley suggests 12 x 9 inches in her Facebook Live but I wanted these to be a little smaller to accommodate their phones.
To make it an easier and quicker project for them (attention spans are fairly short at that age) I omitted the couching embellishment and just had them sew their little cell phone pillows together.
Fold in half right sides together so it will be a double layer 6 x 4.5 inches with a fold down the one side.
Sew as follows ( there is a video on Janome Sewing Machines Facebook page where Kimberly shows how to make this):
- Sew one short 4.5 inch side leaving an opening of about 2 inches in the middle of the seam (so you can add the rice later)
- Now sew the long side seam.
- Turn the fabric on the other short side to form a triangle sort of shape. The side seam will be in the centre of this 4.5 inch seam and not at the end. Sew closed like in #1 leaving a similar 2 inch opening for the rice filling.
- Trim the corners to reduce bulk.
- Turn right side out. You will need to give a bit of assistance here as it is a little fiddly to get it turned out through that 2 inch hole. Poke the corners gently.
- Line up the bottom edge of the pillow with the 1 – 1.5 inch needle plate marking and stitch right across. Stitch again about 1/2 inch further into the pillow. This creates the little “furrow” where the iPad or phone will rest.
- Now comes the fun part with the rice. Take care supervising the little ones or you may end up with rice all over your floor! You need a funnel and a little cup to transfer rice. Much fun was had playing with the rice! I think it was a good thing for a rainy day as we had not been able to go to the waterpark – playing with rice instead of sand at the beach was a diversion. Yay for Kimberly’s project!
- Fill the short bottom section first. Fill with rice using the funnel and whip stitch closed.
- Then fill up the other part – it takes about 3 cups of rice per “pillow”. Whip stitch closed as well.
We were sewing on the Janome MC15000 as that is what I have set up and ready. However, this project can be sewed on ANY Janome sewing machine as all you need is a straight stitch. Very kid friendly and probably took less than 1/2 an hour to complete.
- Thank you Kimberly for the inspiration and totally useful little project!