I was watching a video on Creative Bug by Annabel Wrigley. Once I saw the tutorial, I knew I wanted to make one of these adorable embroidered photo pillows, but with my own twist.
I didn’t fall any of the tutorial, instead just used the photo embroidery idea from it.
I had my photo printed on fabric by Spoonflower on the canvas twill fabric.
The picture was supplied by one of my sweetest customers, McKaila, of her daughter Violet.
I turned her photo into this using Photoshop.
I took her photo and cropped it, and then turned it to black and white, turning up the contrast very high.
I then uploaded it to spoonflower, chose their 8×8″ swatch option for $5 on the cotton twill.
Then I embroidered it with lazy daisies and french knots.
I put a little coral bracelet on her arm as well.
After the embroidery, I trimmed the photo down to a perfect 8″ square. I also cut up an 8×8″ square in white, sewed it and the photo together, right sides together and left a gap for turning. Then, turn and press the gap closed, but don’t sew it yet. Just sit it aside.
I chose a pillow size and quilted it, and then sewed the photo square directly to the middle of it.
The pillow is made with an envelope closure. Once it was completed, I added the pom poms. There are lots of good tutorials online for those and then stitched them to the corners.
This pillow is available as a custom made item in my shop here.