For my nephew's second birthday, I surprised him and his Mom with a custom birthday party invitation. I knew he was really into construction vehicles so I made that the focus of the invitation.
I had recently found a site that custom prints fabric and decided this was the perfect pattern to test it out. The fabric came out great and I decided to make him a little pillow for nap time!
This was only the second time I had used a sewing machine and of course I decided I didn't want to make just a basic pillow. I looked up how to add cording. In addition, being the property of a two year old, it HAS to be machine washable. So I made it a slipcover to go onto a pillow form. That meant working with zippers.
A lot of patience and may YouTube video tutorials later, I had the first pillow I ever made. It wasn't perfect, but it was the right shape, fit the pillow and had a functional zipper. Success!