There’s no place like home. Especially for all you homebodies out there like me! My husband and I have been in our current home for almost 3 years now. It was our first major purchase together and one of the most stressful things we’ve ever done!! It was also one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. We have a lot of memories here, and we LOVE this home! A few weeks after buying the house, we bought our little dog that we absolutely adore. And just over a year ago we brought our first baby home to this house. So needless to say, this home and the experiences we have had here mean the world to us. I was so excited to find a special way to always remember this home.
My inspiration for this post came from this tutorial I found while browsing on Pinterest. I took it a step further and made a pillow instead of a tea towel! The steps are pretty simple. First upload a photo of your home to your computer, open it in paint or Microsoft Word, change it to black and white, then print it! After you have your printed image, take a Sharpie and trace around all the main details of the photo. Things like doors, windows, plants… basically anything you want embroidered and included on your pillow. Next, use your preferred method of transferring the image to some fabric for the embroidery. I like to tape the paper and fabric up to a window and trace it that way. Place the fabric and some backing into a hoop and stitch your little heart out! I tried to stay as true to the colors in my photo as possible when I stitched mine, but you can easily do just one color if you prefer.
When I got all the embroidery finished I cut it down to size and squared it all off. I decided to make mine with a solid sage green boarder with a second patterned watercolor boarder around that.
I started with the left and right sides of the home block and sewed those first. I ended up with a 1 inch boarder after being sewn together. The top and bottom border were sewn on after the sides. I repeated those steps for the second boarder and ended up with a 2.75 inch wide size on that one.
After completing the front of the pillow, I used the same watercolor fabric for the back, stitched it together, flipped it right-side out, then stuffed it all snug and cozy like. I just love how this turned out! The awesome thing about this project is it can be easily manipulated to whatever size and look you are wanting. If you don’t want 2 boarders on the front, then just do a solid color or a solid patterned fabric instead!
It turned out so cute and whimsical and perfectly captures the love I have for this home.
This would make an adorable housewarming gift for a close friend or family member. I had a ton of fun making this and just love how it turned out. It’s also going to be a really sweet way to always remember this home when we move on someday in the future. Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
Until next time!!