Map Pillow – #SummerofJoann


Do you have little pirates in your house?

With shows like Pirates of the Caribbean and Jake and the Never Land Pirates being so popular the past few years, it seems like pirate decor has become all the rage with little ones. I love the whole fantasy aspect of it – from treasure maps, pirate princesses, telescopes, pirate ships, and of course finding buried treasure, the throwback to classic pirate decor is everywhere. So when I saw this Map Pillow Project from Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores, I knew my kids would love it!


I loved the idea of the map pillow, which of course is perfect for little boys. But its my girls that are into finding buried treasures, and X marks the spot adventure. So by simply switching out the fabric recommendations for my more girly fabrics and colors – I was able to recreate this fabulous free sewing pattern into something more appropriate for our house.

And of course, what map pillow would be complete without a hidden pocket on the back for treasure maps…


To add the pocket back, I simply folded one of the back circle pattern pieces in half and basted around the outer edge to the other back circle pattern piece (the piping is optional).  Then continued on with the pattern’s instructions found here.

I also used heat n’bond to help adhere the continents – which really helps speed up the process of this project. The embroidery is completely optional, but I just couldn’t help myself! One night in front of the TV and I was done.

I would suggest a thicker piping then the one I used, as it got a little floppy looking and thicker piping will help keep its shape better. But I just couldn’t resist the hot pink and white stripe.

I kinda love it.

And now my pirate crew and I can look forward to a Summer filled with treasure hunts, wild goose chases, and buried treasures…



Looking for some fun Summer crafts you can do with your little ones?

Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores is promoting a #summerofjoann, with a catalog filled with more than 70+ free patterns and tutorials of Summer Crafts that you and your kids can do together!

So be sure to hop on over to the Summer of Fun Catalog to see what you and your little ones can do together this Summer!


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Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…

Happy Sewing!


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Jess Abbott the Sewing Rabbit is the founder and creative director behind the me sew crazy blog, as well as, 5 & 10 Designs, GNO Events, and co-editor of STYLO. She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and 3 children.
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    • Jess says

      It was so much fun going through my fabric scraps and finding the right ones to pair together…felt like such a quilter. Lol

  1. says

    This pillow is so cute! Please tell me you found that adorable piping at Joann’s, and not in LA. I really need to get some for myself!

  2. says

    Eep! This is SO damn cute!! We are *fingers crossed* buying our first house really really soon, and I am SO excited to plan the kids rooms out! I really want to do a nautical theme for Vince’s room, but man that map pillow is sooooooo wonderful! It will fit with Edison’s patchworky pretty room too!!

    I haven’t been this excited to sew something in ages ^_^ thank you sweet lady!! Xx

  3. Lara says

    I’m so sad I looked at JoAnn’s projects and while it’s listed it’s not there to download anymore or even add to “your project list”.

    • says

      I just downloaded it today? I used the first link in the text to get there, maybe that helps

      I love this, and I want to make this for my little girl as well

      Actually I want to make one for myself, but I’m afraid that’s a bit silly

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