I really LOVE photos. I always have. I've always wanted to create a photo pillow. I know you can get them on Shutterfly (affiliate link). But there is something about being able to make your own.
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.
Freezer Paper - (amazon affiliate link)
Scrap fabric - for pillow
Cut out your freezer paper to be the size of a piece of printer paper. For me that is 8.5 x 11".
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.
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.
Finally, pull your fabric and freezer paper apart. Congratulations! You have photo fabric.
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.
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".
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.
Place the two longer strips right sides together on the long side of the photo. Stitch. Press open.
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.)
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.