You will need 2 pillowcases – a colored or patterened one for the outside and another of your choice for the inside (as long as they are similar in size.)
A piece of contrast fabric (I used white) about 18 x 8 1/2, Contrasting fabric scraps for name letters, fusible webbing, contrast fabric for handle 4 x 14 in, 2 -14″ zippers, 2 scrap pieces (1x2in) for zipper covers.
Step 1 (optional) – make name panel based on length of name. I made my letters 5″ tall with 1 1/4 in white space on each size. Fuse them to your panel and zig zag stitch around them. Spray or use fusible webbing to place the name panel in the center of the pillow case and zig zag around then edges to hold in place.
Step 2 – With the pillow case laying flat, mark and cut 3 3/4″ up (and down) and 3 1/2″ from the sides.
Step 4 – Attach the handle on the top seam side of the pillow case 5″ in from each side. Stitch it in place using the square and X for stability.
Step 5- Turn pillowcase inside out, match the corners and sew 1/4″ seam allowance. Do all 4 corners.
Step 8 – Open the zipper and pin it to the other side and sew along the edge with a zipper foot. Make sure you have tucked your zipper cover in the seam.
Step 9 – Make an identical (sans handle and name panel) pillow for the inside and fill it with polyfil and bean bag beans. The beans make it comfy and the polyfil makes it pop back into shape once they get up (no squashed look)