There’s kind of no way to have too many awesome photos in your house. Right? I mean, pictures….they bring back so many AMAZING memories. I love to be surrounded with memories.
I am constantly on the look-out for ideas. I adore Pinterest for the plain reason that I often think “that would be fantastic…” but then I forget.
When I saw this idea on Pocket Full of Whimsy I pinned it immediately. It’s pretty much amazing.
It was so much fun taking a spin on this idea. (And even more fun seeing my Mom’s face when I gave it to her!)
- I started by scanning an old picture of my Mom and her sisters sledding. It doesn’t need to be a very big picture, because we’re going to want it to look weathered.
- After opening the picture in my editing program (I use Photoshop…but ANY program can do this simple edit) turn up the “contrast” on your picture. This makes the white’s whiter…and the darks…darker.
- I also threw some “aging” on the picture by brushing a grunge graphic on the top. Totally optional.
- Next I cut a piece of medium weight canvas fabric to be a 8.5 x 11 size. Same size as a regular size of paper.
- Then I cut a piece of freezer paper to the same size. I talk a lot more in depth about freezer paper on this T-Shirt painting tutorial and also on this one where I painted a sweater.
- After cutting the piece of freezer paper, I ironed it onto the piece of fabric, and set it in my printer. (I have an Epson Artisan 800 Inkjet printer….because I know you’ll ask)
- And then….yep….I sent it right through. (and yes…I was scared…but it was so easy breezy. You wouldn’t even believe it!)
After catching my breath, from the sheer FANTASTIC-NESS of the outcome of my experiment…
- I removed the freezer paper and found some fabric to add.
The image was only 8.5 x 11…I wanted a pillow that was larger. The fantastic part is that you can do it however you want! I wanted a 2″ border around 3 sides and a 6″ border on the right side. (to make a nice rectangle pillow)
- Whatever you choose…add up the total and make a back piece to match the total area. (freak! Did I just ask you to do math? My SINCERE apologies. I HATE math!)
I also decided I wanted to add some fun feminine ruffles…since this is for my super cute Mommy….so I sewed those right onto the front panel.
- Next sew the two pieces (your patched piece with the print, and the back that should be the same size) right sides together, leaving about a 4″ or 5″ hole to turn it inside out.
- Then flip it around…shove a ton of stuffing in there…and hand sew up the opening.
Tah-Dah!!! A super personalized gift, or fun way to accessorize for different seasons. And isn’t the vintage-ee feel of the black and white photo SOOOOO amazing? Almost any photo, no matter the decade it was taken, could be fun and vintage feeling when it’s turned black & white. I pretty much need 15 of these. Pronto. Don’t you?