1/2 yard main fabric
1 yard lightweight fusible interfacing (optional)
scraps for window/wheels/ladder
poly fiber fill
Step 1: Prepare Pillow Pieces
The first thing you'll need to do is to create your fire truck pattern piece. You can find a nice graphic that you like on the web and work from there or draw a picture free hand.
I'm sorry to say that I am a hard copy kinda girl. I drew my fire truck on a piece of easel paper first and then used it to cut my fabric. ** Side Note: I'm interested in finding a pattern making software so I can share my designs. Anyone know of a good one?**
You'll want to cut 2 pieces of the main shape which will give you the front and back of your pillow. If you notice in my picture, the truck shape has a 1/4 inch border around it. This is my seam allowance.
Then cut a long strip of coordinating fabric (here's a great chance to use some of your scrap pile). I cut mine to be 2 1/2 by 80 inches. I ended up using 4, 20 inch pieces and sewing them together like you would if you were making continuous bias binding. If you're not sure how to do this, click on this post.
If you want a stiffer pillow fuse interfacing to each of the three fabric pieces (2 truck shapes and the long strip) I think if you use enough stuffing this isn't necessary, just a matter of preference.
Step 2: Applique Truck Front
Cut the window, ladder and wheel shapes from your pattern and use them to create your applique decorations from fabric scraps. Before cutting the fabric, make sure to apply your Steam-to-Seam or other heat and bond product.
I used wool felt for the wheels to add a bit of texture.
To cut the rungs of the ladder, simply fold the fabric in half, once you've applied the Steam-to-Seam, and cut out each window.
Now follow the manufacturer's instructions to fuse the pieces onto your truck front and use a decorative or zig-zag stitch to sew them on with a contrasting thread color.
Take the front truck shaped piece and long strip piece and put them RIGHT sides together. I started with the top left because I felt it would be easier to start with a straight place. A 1/4" in from the edge, stitch all along the edge of the truck using a 1/4" seam allowance.
I'm still building my curvy seam sewing skills so I went extremely slow from this point on.
Now do the same thing to sew the back on. Make sure to leave a little hole at the end as an entrance for the stuffing. The smaller you make the hole the less hand stitching you'll have to do, which in my case is a very good thing.
Step 4: Stuff the Pillow
Turn the fabric RIGHT side out and stuff the pillow. Your decision here on how full you want your pillow. Then fold the ends of the fabric into the truck and use a whip-stitch to sew the opening closed.
Now it's time to go ahead and make a little car to go with it because they sure do look adorable sitting next to each other. Hop on over to Noodlehead for a tutorial on how to make the car. Anna's great tutorial was my original inspiration to give the fire truck a try.