Make Personalized Photo-Transferred Pillows

The idea for this meetup came from me seeing this project from Barkbox a year ago.  And I’ve seriously been wanting to make a dog pillow ever since.  You don’t need a pet to make these pillows though.  You can do any animal, or use any image or photograph for that matter.  Here are some examples: 


Ok, anyone else find those face pillows hilarious yet slightly disturbing?


What:  Making Personalized Photo Transfer Pillows

When:  Wednesday, May 7th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Where:  Jo-Ann Crafts in West Ashley (Craft Room in the middle towards the back of the store)

Supplies: 

1-  Image-Printed Fabric (we'll give these out at Jo-Ann)

2-  Sewing Machine w/thread (bring yours or use one for free at Jo-Ann)

3-  Pillow Stuffing (bring some or buy some at Jo-Ann, you won’t need a whole bag so 2-3 people can probably split a bag)

4-  Fabric (if you’re going to be using fabric for the back of your pillow.  Bring some or buy some at Jo-Ann)

5-  Interfacing (if you want to add a bit more structure to your pillow.  Bring some or buy some at Jo-Ann. People can split this as well)

6-  Iron (Rosemary is bringing one, can 1-2 other people bring one if they have a decent one?)

Cost:  $5 per photo transfer sheet used.  Even if you need to purchase additional supplies (stuffing or interfacing), each pillow should come out to be about $10 or less.

Steps:

1-  Pick out a photograph or image(s) that you want to use.  We’ll be using photo transfer sheets that are 12” x 18” so you'll need to decide if you’d like to have your image take up that entire space or if you’d rather have more than one image per sheet (thus making smaller-sized pillows). 

2-  Once you have your image(s), email them to Rosemary at [masked] by end of the day Saturday, the 3rd.  Let her know the following:

a.  How many total pillows you’re planning to make.

b.  The size(s) (whether you want to take up the entire photo transfer sheet or if you’re fitting 2+ images on one sheet).

c.  If you’re going to need to do a mirror image for the back of the pillow (you’re not using regular fabric for the back).  Note this is an additional cost since you’re using another sheet.

d.  Colors – Do you want a colored print? Black & White?  Or tinted with a color (like the green pillow or the animals above)?

Note:  All photos will be printed on white fabric.  So depending on the size of your image, you may have a white background or border.

Again, you’ll need to email Rosemary your images no later than end of the day Saturday (May 3rd) to give her enough time to get all of images transferred to fabric. 

Since Rosemary is being really awesome and putting her own personal time/effort into this, as well as fronting the cost of the fabric, please only RSVP if you know 100% you can make it.

Oh, and you don't need to be an expert sewer.  This is a very beginner project so it'd probably be ok for you even if you've never used a sewing machine.  

I know this is a lot of info but this is going to be a really fun and easy project!  Just let me or Rosemary know if you have any questions!

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  • Laurie

    Thanks Joy for organizing this and thanks Rosemary for all your hard work! And thanks to both of you for your sewing lessons! Another successful meetup! So excited about our new space too!

    1 · May 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, thank you! Although I clearly am a beginner (eek, poor dog ears!), I enjoyed it!

      May 8, 2014

  • B. B.

    I know this is last minute but I'm afraid I cannot make it tonight. I will happily pay the $5 but my son has a program at school and I didn't know til today.

    May 7, 2014

    • Joy

      Also, we don't necessarily have a protocol, we just ask that you change your RSVP as soon as you know you won't be able to make it.

      May 7, 2014

    • B. B.

      Please hang on to my fabric and I will get not the next meeting. ..Thank you so much

      May 7, 2014

  • rosemary b.

    Hello!

    Just wanted to give an update on whose designs have I have received & printed.

    Each design was maximized to fit within a 12" x 18" page.

    If something is not correct, please let me know ASAP.

    Laurie - Dog, 1 copy, Color
    B. Bodalski - Man, 1 copy, B&W
    Leslie - 6 animals, 1 copy each, as submitted (didn't change anything)
    Liz - Dog, 1 copy, Purple Tinted
    Katherine - Landscapes (2), 1 copy each, Color

    According to my records, I have not received designs for anyone else yet. If you emailed me and I missed it, please let me know.

    1 · May 3, 2014

    • rosemary b.

      Randi - Yes I got it. It's printed and ready to go.

      1 · May 7, 2014

    • Randi

      Thanks, Rosemary! :)

      May 7, 2014

  • Joy

    Can't wait to see you all tonight! A couple of things:

    1- There's no internet at the store (crazy, right?). If anyone doesn't have access to a printer and would like me to print them something to bring with me, let me know.
    2- I'm going to try to get there as close to 6 as possible so I can buy fabric for the backs of my pillows. If you're doing more than one pillow, 2 hours isn't a ton a time to get these done so feel free to come early if you need to buy some supplies.
    3- I'm bringing two bags of pillow stuffing that anyone is welcome to use.
    4- If you need to contact me for any reason (running late, etc), here's my number: [masked]

    See you all tonight :)

    1 · May 7, 2014

  • Annie

    Are y'all going to have another one of these?

    May 6, 2014

    • Joy

      Hi Annie - we'll see how this one goes and if there's enough interest to have another one down the road, I'd definitely be open to it.

      May 6, 2014

  • Laurie

    Do we need to do anything to reserve a sewing machine? Also I'm a beginner so I'll definitely need some assistance!

    May 1, 2014

    • Joy

      Nope, I was told that they have 6 available so I think that should be plenty! I'll help out though I may be a little rusty.

      May 3, 2014

  • B. B.

    My first time joining y'all... Bare with my sewing skills!

    2 · May 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    LOVE this! The pup pillow is the winner for me! Looking forward to meeting everyone :) I'll try to remember my iron, as well.

    2 · April 30, 2014

  • Haywood T.

    dang, i really want to do this.. but have to work late this day.... BIG FROWNY FACE.

    April 30, 2014

    • Joy

      Grrr, your job is really starting to interfere with your crafting ;)

      1 · April 30, 2014

    • Haywood T.

      tell me about it! i'd much rather craft...

      April 30, 2014

  • Randi

    This is going to take care of all of my Mother's Day gifts. I am TOOO excited. :)

    1 · April 30, 2014

  • Leslie E.

    OMG this will be perfect for what I was planning to do with the nursery!

    2 · April 30, 2014

  • rosemary b.

    So excited! Now, I just have to pick out my own photos for this project!

    April 30, 2014

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