The first pillow followed the same pattern as the ones for the boys. I used denim scraps for the bottom & old t-shirts for top. The silver ribbon was from my stash & the celestial ribbon was purchased at JoAnn. Even with interfacing, the top had a lot more give than the lightweight stretch denim. It didn’t overly distort the shape, so I ending up leaving it. Here’s a couple of close-ups.
The tribal dragons were too large for the quarter panels, so I grabbed denim scraps large enough for vertical halves & made the pattern fit. The wider ribbon was added to support the seam (& because it was pretty).
I trimmed around the main design & appliquéd it to the denim with a short zigzag stitch. It’s hard to see in the photos, but the black parts of the tribal pattern are flocked.
The dads were equally happy with their shields. Now I just have to make shields for the girls & ‘swords’ for everyone. One of the moms requested rounds shields as she’s worried about pointy bits (even padded). I haven’t quite figured out how I’m going to manage that, but at least circles aren’t a complicated shape.