Monday, June 10, 2013

Patriotic Pillow

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the birth of one of the most wonderful women on the planet. She's done many amazing things, but mostly I love her for being my husband's mother-no easy job.  

To honor all of the contributions she's made to the planet, I made her a pillow (didn't quite seem enough to me either, but it's all I could come up with).

patriotic craft
I was inspired by this cute little printable over at   I really like her multi-colored buttons, but I don't have her fancy tool and had gold buttons on hand.

Did you know if you iron a piece of freezer paper on the back of some muslin, you can run it through your regular printer?  
 I think linen looks more expensive than muslin, but it was too heavy and wouldn't stay stuck to the freezer paper.

For attempt #2, I actually used packing tape on the edges to secure it, but it made even a bigger smeary mess, so  I went with muslin. I think that if I stuck one of those page sized labels it might work, I'll keep you posted if I ever do it.

I cut some red fabric into 3 inch strips and then blue into 1 and a 1/2 inch strips.  

Then I used some embroidery floss to sew a button on top of each note.  

I sewed the pillow using my tutorial here. 

I made some patriotic pillows a few years ago, but they have not faired well under the hot Texas sun, and so I am going to make me one too.

Happy Birthday Mom!


  1. Super cute!! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  2. Ahhhhhh! Its amaaaaaaaaaazing! Thanks for sharing. I shouted it out on G+. Fab darling...just fab!

  3. Tara to the rescue again! I was seriously just at Fred Meyer tonight and saw some cute 4th of July-ish pillows and thought I needed some patriotic ones! I'm totally making one of these for MYSELF!!
    PS. I had bookmarked how to do that printing on fabric, but I've been to chicken to try it out. Thanks for the proof!!

    1. I wanted see how yours turns out! Just use the thinnest fabric possible.

    2. OK. First of all, it took me three tries for the fabric to not jam up in my printer. And of course the successful one ended up with a random smudge from the previous failed attempts. Then, once again, I was over anxious to finish and made a couple rookie measuring mistakes while being distracted by Mad Men. This is why I'll never be a professional: no patience and not enough attention to detail. BUT I'm satisfied with my final product. Thanks again for the great idea. I'll post a pic on your FB page.

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  5. I love this! I think I'll do it like the framed art you showed as your inspiration though and put it on my mantle, because my little kiddos would probably just pick at the buttons if they were on the couch :)

  6. Cool pillow!!!! I love how you used the buttons on the music notes. I'm pinning it to my patriotic board.

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