Monday, December 27, 2010

A Homemade Christmas- Pillows

This Christmas I was on a pretty tight budget so I decided to give mostly homemade Christmas gifts.  I've been wanting to share these projects as I've been doing them, but didn't want to spoil the surprise for anybody getting my gifts!  Over the next few days I will share some of the gifts and tutorials for making your own.  Update: Click below for my tutorial on making these transfers.

I gave about six people personalized pillows this year, and everyone really seemed to like them  Here are some that I remembered to take pictures of before wrapping...

For the monogram pillows, I found the beautiful borders from The Graphics Fairy.  This is such an awesome site with loads of vintage graphics! I then just inserted letters into the borders on Word. 

I made my mom these Silent Night pillows.  Don't you just love the lettering on them?  I think I'm going to make some of these for myself.  I found the beautiful graphics for them at Dear Lillie.

I think they turned out really well. I used the Citrasolv method that I shared here and here to imprint the images on the fabric. 

I'm linking up to Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy.


  1. Beautiful pillows. They look so authentic!

  2. These are so exquisite--wow!!! I wanted to make pillows with the Citrasolv, but I understand that you can only print with a laser printer, but mine is an inkjet printer...did you use an inkjet?

    All I know is, your pillows are amazing!!!!

  3. Love the pillows, the fabric is really nice too.

    Lisa x

  4. These look fantastic! I'm also trying to figure out how I can make them without having a laser printer.

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  6. These are awesome, Cortney. Jeremy is going to have such a better home than I ever will.

  7. Your pillows are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
    XO Marie

  8. Thanks everyone for all the comments! You do have to use a laser printer, the Citrasolv reacts with the toner. If you don't have a laser printer, I suggest either printing out an image on your inkjet and having a copy made at Staples or somewhere or just having Staples print it out on their laser printer. A copied image should work as well because it uses toner. You can get these made or under .30 a sheet- so its not a big expense.

    As far as I know, it will only work with black and white...but I've not tried color.

    Thanks Brad, your comment made me laugh. You're going to find a perfectly domestic lady one day who will make a beautiful home for you! Until then, you can live in mine and Jeremy's basement if you want :)

  9. Cortney,
    Love this! What about washing? Is washing needed (I would think so, but just cking) ... and how does the image hold up ? Water temp/soap suggestions? Thanks for sharing this great idea! Elaine

  10. Elaine,
    I have not washed anything that I have transfered yet. Although I've heard through the grapevine that the image will not fade when washed. I will have to do some test runs to find out about water temp/soap...I've been wondering myself.

  11. All of your pillows turned out beautifully!!!!

  12. I love your pillows, what type of fabric did you use? They don't look like burlap, is it some kind of linen?
    Thank you!

  13. I love these pillows!!! I had to feature them in my latest post on how to use vintage images! Fantastic idea!!

  14. Hi Cortney, I am in love with the pillows you made and I would have been so excited to receive one of these as a gift. Beautiful!

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