Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Personalized Pillows - Charm Pack Friendly!

I'm still blogging about Christmas this rate, it maybe be Easter before I get through them all!
There was a common theme this year, which was that I gave gifts to several friends and their families. Typically I sew gifts for my family and a few close friends, but this year I wanted to do something more. It has been a rough year for a lot of people, and I wanted to help in some small way. So a few friends received surprise packages with gifts for their families!
This is the first set of gifts that I made, which I sent to a friend who bought her first house and moved her family in right before the holidays. For the kids, I made them each a pillow with their first initial appliqued on the front. I don't expect my friend to decorate the kids' rooms around the pillows, but I thought that a little special something for their new rooms would be a fun gift.
These came together really quickly and easily. I used a charm pack for each pillow and did a tiny bit of quilting on the pillow fronts and backs. The M pillow is made from Pure by Sweetwater and the E pillow is made from Love by Amy Butler.
For the M pillow I quilted random straight lines. I love the look of this quilting, and I think it's especially nice on boy quilts and pillows.
I quilted the E pillow with straight lines as well, but this time I quilted 1/4" from the seams. I never tire of this quilting style either!
I had a bit of yardage for the back of the M pillow, and I used more charms for the back of the E pillow. I finished these off with simple envelope closures.
Along with the pillows, I sent my friend a Christmas table runner. With the move so close to the holidays, she did minimal decorating at her new house. The table runner was the perfect little festive touch!


Birthday Gifts Ideas For Girls said...


Creative idea and useful also. Keep sharing such girls interest ideas. Thanks

Lucy | Charm About You said...

Gorgeous cushions! What a great idea :)

Betty said...

Great ideas and for the perfect reasons! Please share the font you used for both pillows - love, love them! Thanks for sharing.

felicity said...

GREAT ideas! I love love both pillows - everything about them. Cute table runner too - you are a very thoughtful friend!

Live a Colorful Life said...

What a thoughtful and wonderful friend you are. Everything is just great!

Emerald Hills said...

those are lovely pillows. look easy too.

Unknown said...

Why you had a bit of yardage for the back of the M pillow? which type of of collection you like to use for Send gifts to your friend?