Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Personalized Pillows - Charm Pack Friendly!

I'm still blogging about Christmas gifts...at 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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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!
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7 comments:

Birthday Gifts Ideas For Girls said...

Hi,

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

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Gorgeous cushions! What a great idea :)

b78ayers 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.

shehbaz michael 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?