Thursday, November 11, 2010

Vintage Postcard Pillow

I have this adorable little vintage Thanksgiving postcard that I bought in an antique shop in Plymouth, Massachusetts about four years ago. It has a drawing on it of a Pilgrim family and the Mayflower, and there is a little poem written on it. The poem reads...

Thanksgiving
What am I thankful for today
For strength to walk on the world's highway
For a hope to hold and a work to do
And the blessing of a friend like you

The postcard sits out in a frame at Thanksgiving time, but the postcard is so small that you don't really notice it. I started thinking about how I could draw more attention to it. I've been seeing all these projects lately where people print directly from their inkjet printer onto fabric, so I decided to give it a try. Here's what happens when you enlarge a cute vintage postcard and print it on some muslin...


It turns into a pillow!



This may be my favorite pillow so far. I've read about printing on fabric on several blogs, but I'll send you to this tutorial because it has lots of pictures. In order to be able to print on your fabric, you have to iron a piece of freezer paper onto the back of it first. That's really about it! If you want the image to be permanent and washable, you need special ink or a product called Bubble Jet Set that you treat the fabric with first.


When I think of Thanksgiving, I always think of brown, but the postcard uses black, so I had to go with a black fabric border. I was going to go directly to the green after that, but both the black and green fabric are so dark that I decided to try a second border with a lighter colored fabric (left over from my first Sadie Shirt), and I'm really glad I did. It gives the pillow a little extra something.


The back is plain muslin with an envelope closure. And I added a homemade tag, of course. I've had a couple of requests for more information on how I do these, so I think I may do a post about it in the next couple of weeks.


So my little framed postcard went from this...


to this...


I love this pillow. I wish it was going to sit out for more than two weeks, but I have something to look forward to when I get out the Thanksgiving decorations next year!



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16 comments:

Lu said...

How cute! I love that saying, too.

Kristin said...

So cute!!

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

What a great idea!

Diana said...

Love this idea!
Diana

Naturally Carol said...

Isn't is amazing to be able to print on fabric like that, great pillow!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

This is amazing. I love how you have taken something old (and kept high from little hands) and transformed it into something everyone can touch. I have never tried this freezer paper method although I have been tempted. It is very difficult to find freezer paper in these parts. In fact, my sister had to go to Buffalo to get some!!!

Erica said...

How cute! I love the poem on the postcard! I love the idea...next time I see a really cute postcard I'll have to remember this.

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

I can attest to how well made your pillows are!!! This one is great for Th'giving! You'll have it forever!

ps..my ironstone pitcher is about 6 inches tall.


heather

Ashley said...

This pillow is so adorable! I love the little personalized tag on the side. Seeing your adorable projects always makes me wish I knew how to sew!

Naturally Carol said...

Hi Gwen, thank you for dropping by today and becoming a follower. I appreciate all your lovely encouraging comments and hope you will have a good time visiting whenever you like. I feel very honoured to have you around.

Deanne said...

Cool, I have been meaning to try printing some fabric using freezer paper, so now I will definitely have to try it. Your cushion is delightful!

Janet said...

This is such a cute pillow. :) Great job!

Amy said...

You did a beautiful job, Gwen! I love the borders- they frame it perfectly. What a lovely treasure to pull out every November.

malia said...

you sewing skills are so good! love your pillow... leave it out longer than a couple weeks this year (-:

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi Gwen. I just found your wonderful blog on Showcase Sunday. I love this pillow. I would have never been creative enough to think of using the fabrics you chose and I absolutely love them!!! The framed card is so pretty too. I hope you'll share the tutorial for your darling tags with us. I'm a follower now.

Have a great afternoon. Hugs...Tracy :)

Andi @ Jane of all crafts said...

I really like the fabrics you chose...looks beautiful. I'll have to try this technique sometime. Awesome job as always!

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