Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Father's Day pillow

I had the opportunity to spend Father's Day with my dad this year.  I don't remember the last time that has happened - certainly not since we moved to NC more than 20 years ago.

It was great to spend the weekend with him and my mom.  I made him a pillow for Father's Day.  Old photos were printed on fabric via Spoonflower.   I did some straight line quilting echoing around the photographs.

The back is an envelope fold. I used my machine's embroidery stitch to put a world's greatest dad message along the fold.

He loved it!

I found this Allison Glass print in my LQS and though it looked wonderful with the black and white photos.  (Some of the original photos were in color and some weren't so I used my computer to make them all black and white.)

My dad really liked it - who knew he had such good taste in modern fabrics!

Since I was flying up, I ordered a pillow insert and had it delivered to my sister's.  When she handed me the package, I had a bit of a nail biting moment because the pillow insert was so much bigger than I had expected it to be.  Thankfully it fit inside but this is one big fluffy pillow, a bit fluffier than I had been expecting!

Anyone have any good tips on sizing the pillow for the pillow insert?  Or a recommendation on pillow inserts? I need to make another pillow for a guild swap.  It seems difficult to size these things correcting.

Have a wonderful day! Patty


  1. I haven't tried printing photos on fabric. Great pillow. If my finished "top" is 20-inches, I buy a 20-inch pillow form. My rationale is that the pillow will get squished from use over time.

  2. This is such a sweet gift and I am so glad your father liked it. He has great taste indeed! :)

  3. I can see why he was thrilled! Your pillow turned out great and you did find the perfect background fabric.

  4. I love this pillow , and using spoonflower for photos is genius!

    I recently found success making a custom pillow size by purchasING a bit larger form, unstuffing it enough to sew a new seam 2" smaller. The form had a zipper making it even easier, and I left the seam allowance on the outside of the new seam, just ziggedit.

    Then, last week I purchased new bed pillows and realize how much I can save by making my own forms in the future. I use the same size form as the finished size of sham usually.

    When my pop turned 80, I used Lorna's dog pattern and pieced Old Dog underneath. I think he would like one like your dad's!

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