I had each kid go get a favorite toy.
The girls all chose dolls of various sizes. The boy chose a stuffed dragon.
The following is one of the ways we "unschool", so feel free to skip steps.
Step 1: collect desired toys
Step 2: measure the length and width of the toy to determine how much fleece you need. Length of toy + 6 inches by width of toy + 6 inches for the bottom fabric. For top fabric you measure length of toy to neck + 3 inches by width of toy + 6 inches. You get two rectangles, one of which is a bit shorter than the other.
Step 3: select fleece. My kids chose their fabric at the fabric store. Make sure you have enough to make doll/stuffed animal pillows. We talked about how to determine fabric length...and discussed how to get the width we needed with extra for pillow making.
Step 4: collect materials
Step 5: trim fleece as needed
Step 6: cut 3 inch ties around the outside of three edges of the rectangles, leaving the top alone. The easiest way to make sure they line up is to lay the fleece on top of eachother...like making a no-sew tie blanket.
Tie the strips together all along the edges, square knot style.
Step 10: camp out with your friend!