Saturday, July 16, 2016
Christmas 2016 Gift One: A Family Tree Pillow
For this gift, I decided to combine an odd...err...I mean cool...kind of combination of things together. A family tree and a throw pillow. Why? Because it turns out stinking cute that's why *laugh* and is something that, really, who would have one before you made one for them?
In this case I made a family tree pillow for my sister-in-law. I went online to look for a cute tree template to use as inspiration and found one on this page. I then redid it a bit to fit with a fall theme instead of a Spring theme like they had in the original template. The main reason being that I wanted it to go more with my sister-in-law's decor/tastes. She collects sunflowers, so I went with a fall theme and added in shades of yellow commonly found in sunflower paintings. For the pillow I used a light blue-grey in a duck like fabric for durability for one, ease of cleaning for two and because she has dishes in blue grey that she has collected, for three. I then made the names of her, her husband her kids in two shades of alternating blue around the tree when it was done (not quite the same shade as I used for the font above, but you get the idea either way). I thought, overall, it turned out really cute.
By the way, I didn't want to share the name of my sister-in-law and her family (I'm sure you understand) so for stand in names I used some alternates. They are...
Mike Smart (inspired by Mike Hammer)
Joe Smart (inspired by Joe Hardy)
Frank Smart (inspired by Frank Hardy...the Hardy boys in case you're curious there :)
And Jim Smart (inspired by Jim Rockford)
I know that they aren't all detectives, nor are they all secret agents, but darn that'd be a cool family ;).
Around the tree I also wrote different phrases that, to me, all go with the theme. "Family, Loyalty, Love, Faith". Just in case you can't read my terrible handwriting translated into embroidery *laugh*.
Now, I know that not everyone has the want or the skill to embroider something like this, so I came up with some ideas to do this on your own, or something close in case you don't sew.
1. Look up a free family tree template online and fill in the boxes in your favorite PDF program or word processing program (whatever is required). Print off the family tree onto a t-shirt transfer (be sure to follow the directions on those as a lot of times they tell you to mirror flip the image before printing so the print is going the right way when you iron it on) and then fuse the t-shirt transfer onto a pillow case. Tuck in the ends around a pillow form and use safety pins to secure it together around the pillow (try to hide the safety pins, of course). It won't be "perfect" but the person you give it to can always sew some velcro or something onto the ends to make the cover work better for them if they wish. Or you could just leave it on a pillow case for someone to place on their bed.
2. Make a basic tree form out of felt (lollipop trees work here) and then place little apple shapes or leaf shapes around the tree and write the names you need on the shapes with a black sharpie/permanent marker (be careful and try to use good handwriting). Glue onto your background fabric (if you don't have sewing ability go and buy yourself a throw pillow even) with some good crafting/fabric glue. It might not have the staying power as a sewed item, but it'll still turn out cute I bet!
So total cost to make gift: Nothing as I had all the materials around here. Time it took...well I'd estimate about six hours as I did this when I had spare time during the week and was working on another Christmas gift at the same time, so I have to say I wasn't really keeping track, but it did take a while. Especially the tree trunk. This thing definitely qualifies as one of the biggest pieces of embroidery I've ever done to date.
So, one gift down. A lot more to go!