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Monday, July 18, 2011

Meaningful Longitude & Latitude Decorated Pillow

Hi blog friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  I had such a great time helping my little sister find her wedding dress!  What an honor!  
Now I am back home and trying to enjoy the 100+ degrees weather.  
And speaking of degrees and of weather----
Did you catch this meaningful pillow I made and shared with Maggie from Midwest Sewing Girl's blog friends last week??
Longitude & Latitude & my Lake---doesn't get more meaningful than this!  Annnddd I am so excited by the gift ideas and thoughtful things you can do with Lat and Longitude!  
Soooo without further chatter here is my guest post!

As you all know, my house currently has a bit of a beach-y cottage-y feel that I am SO enjoying this summer!
I am undoubtedly inspired by the lake right down the road from my new home---lakes are SO my kind of heaven!
SO, I decided to make a pillow with the latitude and longitude of my new lake---that is so special to me!

Special and it matches my beach-y themed house...that is my kind of project!

Step 1. Find an old pillow to up-cycle
Step 2. **Here is where I must caution, I am by no means a sewing pro like Miss Maggie, I like do the easy version...which literally took me about 20 min. tops to read with caution!  

I sewed two "layers" of my pillow:
The first layer to ensure the bright orange was covered up and because I wanted the same material to show through at the ends where I tied the sides together with ribbon.  
The second "layer" I just sewed the 3 sides together and finally the 4th side over to create a clean appearing edge.

{I think this picture should help you better understand the "layer" thing!}

{See that inside layer tucked in there??  And the outside layer with the folded over edge??}

Step 3. I used the "citra solv method" (I use this one about once a week on my blog it feels like).... to transfer the lake name and coordinates (which I found on yahoo) from a printed page straight to the fabric.
Step 4. I sewed the ribbon onto the edges by pinning them and then sewing.

{This is the finished look!}

What do you think??  
Will you be making your own special pillow or Longitude & Latitude pillow??

Stay cool!  
And stay tuned---
We have an amazing guest tomorrow----
And a new transfer technique!!!


Blogger Just Jaime said...

Fun idea! I love little meaningful things like this!

July 19, 2011 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Maggie Massey said...

I absolutely adore this project, Jaime! Thank you so so much for letting me share it on my blog last week!

July 19, 2011 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger The Painted Parlor said...

I don't think I'll be MAKING a pillow, I just barely learned how to sew on a button ;), but I think it looks BUY!!


July 19, 2011 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger La-Dee-da crafter said...

I adore this and what a great gift. My inlaws have a cabin and I have to make them this!!! Thanks for sharing

July 19, 2011 at 4:46 PM  
Blogger Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

How charming is that? I absoloutly love the idea of putting the longitude and latitude on there. My aunt and uncle just retired to their dream lake house this would be such a great gift idea for them!

July 20, 2011 at 7:45 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Love this pillow!! What a great idea - love the ribbon detail too!!


Jenn @ Social Salutations

July 21, 2011 at 3:40 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

So cute! What a fantastic idea!

July 21, 2011 at 5:29 AM  
Blogger Kelli W said...

Very cute pillow! I love the ties on the side.

July 21, 2011 at 6:04 AM  
Blogger Rosa B. said...

Oh, I love this! I'm really going to have try this! Thanks for the tutorial!

July 21, 2011 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

I love that ... such a fun idea and you did a beautiful job!

July 21, 2011 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger Erin @ 3 Meadow Lake Cottage said...

What a darling pillow - I LOVE it!!! What kind of fabric did you use? Thanks for the tutorial :0
Erin @ 3 Meadow Lake Cottage

July 21, 2011 at 7:57 PM  
Blogger MBC Scrapbooking said...

Very, very cute, and so clever to use for your location! My husband might like this too..hmm...:)

July 22, 2011 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger Michele @ {Primp} said...

very cute pillow--I love your beachy themed living room! Thanks for sharing at my linky party this week.

July 22, 2011 at 3:54 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

This is so great for a special vacation spot!


July 24, 2011 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

Your pillow is so cute! And such an interesting idea, since you can use different coordinates for all sorts of ideas, weddings, births etc. Thanks for the inspiration!

July 25, 2011 at 6:44 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

The pillow looks great! So clever. visiting from the csi project.

July 28, 2011 at 8:37 AM  

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