Thursday, January 29, 2015

DIY Photo Pillow Tutorial

DIY Photo Pillow Tutorial

Today I am bringing home a post I previously posted over at Sew McCool.  This could be a really great project for a Valentine's gift, Easter or even Mother's Day.

I really LOVE photos.  I always have.  I had a huge collage of photos on my bedroom wall from like 6th grade all the way through high school.  I still love taking ridiculous amounts of photos.  But I am always looking for fun ways to display them.  I have shared some of those unique ways here on the blog like the DIY Photo Canvas and an adorable Baby Bunting Photo Blanket.  Just a couple.

Materials Needed:
Freezer Paper
Muslin Fabric
Scrap fabric - for pillow
Piping
Printer
Thread

Step 1
Cut out your freezer paper to be the size of a piece of printer paper.  For me that is 8.5 x 11".  
DIY Photo Pillow Tutorial by GYCT
Step 2 
Iron the freezer paper to your muslin fabric.  (You'll want to pick fairly thick fabric so that the ink does bleed through too much.)  If your fabric is larger than your freezer paper, just cut it down to size.  
DIY Photo Pillow Tutorial by GYCT
Step 3
 Next, place your fabric/freezer paper into your printer.  Choose your photo and print it in black and white.  Make sure that your photo will print on your fabric side.  
DIY Photo Pillow Tutorial by GYCT
Step 4
 Finally, pull your fabric and freezer paper apart.  Congratulations!  You have photo fabric.
DIY Photo Pillow Tutorial by GYCTDIY Photo Pillow Tutorial by GYCT
Print however many photos you would like.  You can change the size or even print a collage.

My pillows finally measurements are 8 x 10.5".  You can customize your pillow to whatever size you'd like.  But the following are measurements based on this.

 Step 5
Cut 2 strips of fabric size 11 x 2.5".  Cut 2 strips of fabric 8.5 x 2.5".  Cut one rectangle of fabric 8.5 x 11".  



DIY Photo Pillow Tutorial by GYCT
Step 6
 The photo that I used has a 5x8" photo.  I cut it down so it had about a 1/2" seam allowance around the photo.  Place the two shorter strips right sides together on the photo.  Stitch down.  Press open. 


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Step 7
  Place the two longer strips right sides together on the long side of the photo.  Stitch.  Press open.
DIY Photo Pillow Tutorial by GYCT
Step 8
Pin your piping around the outside edge of your pillow front.  I wanted rounded edges so I curved my corners as you can see in the photo.  On the bottom of the pillow, overlap the piping slightly and curve down to the raw edge.  Using a zipper foot, stitch down your piping.  (Need help with sewing your piping?  Check out this tutorial.)
DIY Photo Pillow Tutorial by GYCT

 Step 9
With right sides together, place the pillow front and pillow back together.  Pin together and leave a 4" opening on one of the sides.  Stitch around the pillow.  If you used piping, make sure to continue using your zipper foot so you can get right up to the edge.  Turn your pillow right side out and press.  Now stuff your pillow and stitch the opening closed.
DIY Photo Pillow Tutorial by GYCT


 Tada!!  You are done!!!  Isn't that the fast, coolest and best project ever?  Now go grab your favorite photos and start sewing.

DIY Photo Pillow Tutorial by GYCT


DIY Photo Pillow Tutorial



3 comments:

  1. What kind of printer did you use? Laser or inkjet?

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    1. I used a laser printer Tammy. I think an inkjet would just make a mess. But I've never tried.

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