Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Seattle Skyline Pillow

I have to say, that I'm really excited about my newest pillow:
Seattle Skyline
I half-heartedly dropped it off this afternoon where I'm doing consignment...I secretly wanted to keep it for myself.


I love living in Seattle. I'm a Seattleite through and through. I love everything about this place. Yes, even the rain (although if it were sunny a few more days out of the year I wouldn't complain). I grew up here, lived away for a time, but came back to stay. It will always be home.


I'll share with you how I made it.
  • The 16x16 pillow case is made of cotton muslin, pre-printed cotton jersey, and an iron on image.
  • I took this picture of the Seattle skyline up in the beautiful streets of Queen Anne. I made sure to use my own photograph, since I'm selling this pillow.
  • After plugging the picture into photoshop and trying out a few different filters, I decided on this one. I liked how the black and white etchings outlined each structure just the way I wanted it to.
  • I flipped the image to mirror, and printed it on an iron-on transfer. Then I transferred it onto a piece of ripped, bleached cotton muslin. I liked the way the ripped edges gave it character (sorry, this picture doesn't show it). I washed the print a couple of times to give the stiff iron-on feel a little more softness.

  • Next, I wanted to frame the picture somehow. Remember the newsie pillow? I had a few scraps left. So I outlined the ripped muslin with pieces of jersey "newsprint". I like how it turned out. Kind of gave it a grunge feeling.



  • And here's the back. Nine times out of ten I make my pillow cases removable. I like to have options I guess.

See how easy it is to use your favorite photograph, transfer it to an iron-on and turn it into a unique pillow case? You should try it!

If this one sells, I will be happy that someone loves Seattle like I do and wants to take a piece of it home with them. If it doesn't, I'll think it's fate's way of telling me it was always meant to be mine. :)

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5 comments:

  1. Shannon, you are so creative and have so Many talents. The Seattle picture is so Seattle and it is so charming on a pillow. I have a feelin that pillow will sell fast, so sorry you might have to make another for yourself.

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  2. oh wow!! that's super cute and very profesh!! :)

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  3. hi shannon,
    what a fabulous idea:))..... I found your blog through sew much ado... and I just love it!...
    hugs:))...
    M

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  4. Very stylish and pretty pillow. Thank you for sharing!

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  5. VERY COOL! This project has so many possibilities! Thank you for sharing...I saw your post at "DIY Design"

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