Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Picture Pillow to See Beautiful

Looking for more places to see beautiful or share beautiful? What about a "picture pillow"? Instead of spending time scanning the aisles of department stores looking for the perfect shade or design, make your own with images you capture yourself. You can see beautiful on the pillow itself.

Here's how you do it (p.s., directions and photos linked back to Martha Stewart Living):

Our 15 3/4-inch square washable pillowcase features 12 photographs. A store-bought solution makes printing photos on fabric possible.

Pillow How-ToUpload or scan 12 photographs into a computer; resize to 4 by 6 inches, and adjust color to blue (for the 4-photo pillow shown here, you'll need 8 1/2-inch square images). Treat fabric with solution, and cut into 8 1/2-by-11-inch pieces. Print 2 photos per piece, leaving a 1/4-inch space between them.

Arrange your photos into 4 rows of 3 photos each. Trim butting edges of photo pieces, leaving a 1/4-inch border. Glue together, overlapping the borders as shown. Machine-sew 3/8-inch twill tape over borders. Trim photo grid to 16 3/4-inch square, centering and cropping photos. For pillowcase back, cut two 13-by-16 3/4-inch rectangles of fabric. Hem one long side of each. Lay photo fabric right side up. Then lay plain pieces, wrong sides up, on the printed fabric so that hemmed ends overlap. Machine-sew perimeter with 1/2-inch seam allowance. Turn right side out, and slip over a 16-inch square pillow insert, available at home stores.

What will you put on your picture pillow?
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  1. Yes... going to try this.... thanks of the site. Sounds like a fun - family memories in the works

  2. I would print the face of my favorite Golden Retriever on my picture pillow :-)

  3. Love the idea...I think I would print the place that was my most favorite to live over the years...especially if I was no longer there.

  4. That special golden retriever has something special to share with you on the blog Thursday. Just wait...

  5. Britt @ The magnolia pairJanuary 24, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    SO COOL ! Love this idea of pictures on pillows. Gorgeous photos too! Good job! 
    New follower! 

    XO. Britt
     The Magnolia Pair



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