Monday, June 20, 2011

AWE Knock-off pillow

This post could also be title "The Post in Which I Use a Crazy Amount of Pictures and Lots of Words Just for a Pillow." But that seemed a little long.

I love it when my At West End catalog arrives. Do you get this one? You should. I love this Paris pillow:

And it's a great price, but my hang up is that although I'd love to visit Paris, I've never been. And while I find great inspiration in all things french, I'm not all that french-crazed. I just couldn't feel connected to the Paris pillow.

I started a bit of a travel theme in our living room awhile back. I got tired of only having my own artwork on the walls, and I wanted an affordable change. I love great graphic design and vintage ads are a great source.
So I went to All Posters and searched for vintage travel posters, and I was looking for ones that had orange in them since that was my main accent color. But there were too many great ones, so I further narrowed myself down to U.S. Travel.

So, a latitude and longitude pillow would fit right in. I settled on Boston. It's where Mateo and I began our married life.

I had some muslin, but I wanted a brighter color. So I bought some fabric dye.

And started dying the fabric.

I'll be honest, I didn't completely follow the directions. I didn't have an hour to dedicate to the process, and it came out fine. Disregard the directions at your own risk.

So, then I had to convince myself to actually get out my sewing machine. We haven't been friends lately. However, it is well protected.

I often have a sniper keeping watch when I sew. Life with little boys. ;)

I had a pillow form I was working with, so I just sewed it to the proper dimensions. Turned it right sides out.

On the computer I looked up the latitude and longitude for Boston and typed up my whole image. Then I had to mirror image it, and I printed it on iron transfer paper.

I considered painting it, but I thought this would give it a much cleaner look. So, I followed the instruction to use the transfer.

I didn't heat the edges enough, so I laid the transfer paper back down and pressed again with the iron.

Stuffed my pillow inside, sewed up the side by hand and I have my Boston pillow.

I love it. It fits right into my scheme, and it means something to us.

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  1. The pillow turned out great and I love that it's meaningful...thanks for visiting my blog. I'm a new follower! Can't believe all the linky parties you join...what a great list. Thanks for that too!

  2. Hi Jen, I love vintage travel images and the pillow turned out beautifullly. Seems like you made up with your sewing machine and dogged the sniper :) Thanks for you comments on my blog as it has led me to yours and I am now following.

  3. Your pillow is really beautiful. Love how you used the longitude and latitudes of the city where you met your husband! So special and endearing! Thanks so much for sharing :)

  4. Hi what a great pillow!
    Saw you on Wednesday Linky, now google following you, Karima x

  5. Ahh I LOVE it! Boston is one of my FAVORITE places!

  6. This is awesome!! I keep seeing Pillows like this but I refuse to pay $70 for a pillow! I've gotta try it!

  7. gasp! It's so beautiful. I'm totally making one of these. I love that you dyed it too!!!

  8. I love the bright color. Glad you got out your sewing machine - the pillow looks fabulous.
    Visiting you from Thrifty Decorating.

  9. Beautiful Boston pillow! Thank you for linking to Handy Man, Crafty Woman Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  10. This is so clever! My son is getting married in a few weeks and they'll be moving to BOSTON so I believe I will be copying this idea and making it for them as a gift!

  11. Your pillow turned out beautiful! I had to laugh because I've bought some of that fabric dye to use on an apron and just haven't used it yet. I might just follow the instructions though, since I'm cautious like that.

  12. I am just reminding everyone about tonights link party that runs Friday evening through Mondays!
    I also have an ongoing give away link party now too.
    Hope to see you soon.
    come strut your stuff

  13. Very cute! I love the bright green color as well. Your comment about the sniper made me literally lol. :D

  14. Oh, I would love to make a Chicago pillow! And those posters are awesome, I think I will be visiting All Posters! Nice Work!

  15. Cute idea!! i love the location aspect and the fact you made your color. Great idea!! You are too funny with boys!!

    Thanks so much for sharing at Strictly Homemade Tuesday. As always you are an inspiration!!

  16. Love the pillow...and the green color. It's very cute!

  17. Beautiful pillow! You did a great job!Love the location aspect. Thanks for sharing this lovely idea.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  18. Just lovely! Love that you chose a meaningful location! Thanks for sharing at the Tuesday To Do Party! Can't wait to see what you link this week!

  19. I absolutely love the way you customized the lat/long theme to be a meaningful compliment to your home decor. You did a wonderful job with the pillow. Such a great idea!

    Thank you for linking up another excellent project on "A Little Birdie Told Me..."!


  20. Iron transfer paper- where do I get this? I'd love it if you shared this with WorkShop Wednesday. It would make a great addition to the party!

  21. I have never tried dying fabric yet, but I love how your pillow turned out! Thanks so much for linking up to the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

  22. The Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop has grown for the better because of your participation. Thanks for linking up this great post! :)

  23. I'm not friends with my sewing machine lately

    Thanks for linking to Creative Juice last week. Hope to see you back this evening

  24. Love this pillow, especially the color - great job!

  25. Keep knocking thimgs off like that and u will have one beautifully decorated house!
    Thanks for linking to WorkShop Wednesday! Hope to see you this week!


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