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Target Crash Pillow Pattern

from haworth handmade
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Target Crash Pillow Pattern
Target Crash Pillow Pattern
Target Crash Pillow Pattern
Target Crash Pillow Pattern

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • basic sewing
  • use a sewing machine

Pattern Description:

It's like having a foam pit in your house! The Target Crash Pillow is perfect for children who like to bump, and jump and crash and hurl their body into your furniture. It's also a safe place to land under an indoor swing or next to a bed.

The Crash Pillow has a removable, washable cover and the graphic target motif looks cool in a kid's play space or your living room.

I designed this pattern in consultation with a pediatric occupational therapist who recommended that a large, foam pillow would be a useful project for children with sensory (particularly vestibular) challenges.

But the finished prototype has become a fixture in my own living room. Turns out all kids love this one including my toddler son, third grader daughter and even my husband. Family tickle wars forever!

**Soon, very soon, the Target Crash Pillow pattern will be included in a book I'm writing chock full of projects and ideas to meet the needs of children with sensory challenges. But, for a limited time until the book is released, I'll be offering individual patterns as pdf downloads at an affordable price. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for other patterns designed specifically for "sensory" kids.

I would be delighted to receive any feedback you have to continue to perfect the pattern for the book.

This three-page full color, detailed pattern does not include pattern pieces to trace but describes how to cut out the pieces and assemble a Crash Pillow for your family.

Thanks for looking!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 43x53 inches (approximately)


  • 2.5 yards of heavyweight white fabric at least 56 inches wide
  • 1 yard black fleece
  • 7/8 yard blue or turquoise fleece
  • 1/2 yard red fleece
  • 1/4 yard yellow fleece
  • 3 yards of any solid, woven fabric 45 inches wide
  • large trash bag full of upholstery foam scraps

You Will Also Need:

  • black and white thread
  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • pins
  • sharpie marker
  • string or ribbon that doesn't stretch

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