This is my first attempt at a new baby gift: a stuffed state for faraway friends. I made this late at night before hopping a plane to the East Coast and the next time around, I think I will make it out of a different color (not pale pink) so it looks less like a small intestine and more like California.
The only trick here is making sure you cut the fabric correctly for both sides. The easiest way is to lay your fabric wrong sides together and cut. I added a heart where San Francisco is, sewed the fabric together leaving a couple inches to add stuffing, and slipstitched it closed.