My sister requested a pillow for her almost 2-year-old, Sam. He likes to sleep with a pillow, but if it's too fluffy his neck gets all jacked up. So Natalie's only request is that the pillow is pretty flat. Here's what I came up with.
I just happened to have some extra robot fabric on hand (surprise!), so I used that for the front. It measures 12 x 18.
I figured wash-ability was a must, so I used the basic method from this tutorial on Cluck, Cluck, Sew to make an envelope-style case. I used two pieces of navy fabric for the back, 12 x 11 and 12 x 15. The pillow case can be easily removed for washing.
It makes a thin pillow, which hopefully will result in minimal jacking up of the neck. This was a quick and inexpensive project (unless my sister asks--then it was time-consuming and pricey), but I think it turned out pretty cute!