Tuesday, April 13, 2010

pillow ideas

Today I am confessing my obsession with pillows. It is not a problem yet, but quite possibly could turn into one. Pillows warm up a house making it cozy and comfortable and I just simply can't get enough of them.

I also have been known to use iron-on transfers on a number of different projects. You can personalize so many things using this wonderful invention. I often use them on pillows to give me a chance to design however I choose. You can scan in or type whatever you want on your pillow, print it out as a mirror image, cut it out, and iron it on. It couldn't be simpler and turns out looking fabulous!

Here are some various ideas for using iron-on transfer paper on pillows...

I used a page from a Dick & Jane calendar to create this little pillow for the kids rocking chair in the living room. It sits right next to a basket of books and I thought Dick & Jane would be the perfect addition to our little reading spot. I scanned in the page and printed it off the exact size I needed for my pillow...

There is always the option of monograms. Who doesn't love a good monogram?

I scanned in one of my favorite pages from the Bible, Proverbs 16 & 17. It is fun to be able to pick it up whenever and read some of my very favorite verses.

And of course there is always the good ol' number pillow. I have a serious thing for numbers. They are all over our house and I can't get enough.

The little ballerina of the house got a pink ballet pillow for her bedroom. I used a small sticker for this one. I scanned it and printed it off much bigger than the original size. She loves it.

Also, you can always choose a favorite word or phrase that makes you happy. I made a love pillow for the month of February that sat on a bench in the kitchen.

It's also fun to iron on your word, picture, or phrase to a separate piece of fabric and hand stitch it to your pillow.

My latest pillow creation for the house was our personalized name pillow. This is definitely one of my favorites.

So, as you can see the possibilities are endless. You can use store bought pillow covers or sew your own. You can use any color or font you want for the wordy ones. You can use stickers, book pages, calendars, recipe cards, photographs, etc. to make any kind of pillow that your heart desires.

Check out these link parties for some fabulous inspiration! Happy Tuesday! See you next week.


Kelli April 13, 2010 at 6:13 AM  

I have always loved your pillows...I need to try the iron on transfer paper. I absolutely LOVE the idea of scanning your favorite pages from the Bible...what a creative reminder.

Jenni R. April 13, 2010 at 6:41 AM  

I have the transfer paper and have not done anything with it yet. Thanks for expanding my ideas of what can be put on a pillow!

Heather April 13, 2010 at 6:41 AM  

I love all of those. Now I am going to have to start pillow planning!

Melissa April 13, 2010 at 7:37 AM  

I absolutely LOVE the Bible verse pillow. I see several of those being made for Christmas presents this year.

Erin A April 13, 2010 at 7:44 AM  

I just love all of those pillows, they are too fun!! The Bible page one is so great and I love the little addition to the kid's reading nook as well, adorable. These are all so great!

Frugal Home Designs April 13, 2010 at 8:14 AM  

Great pillows. I think I need to get scanner :) I love the one you made for the reading area. It is so cute.

Frugal Home Designs April 13, 2010 at 8:14 AM  

Great pillows. I think I need to get scanner :) I love the one you made for the reading area. It is so cute.

Frugal Home Designs April 13, 2010 at 8:21 AM  

I also should have mentioned I am hosting a party this week for your favorite DIY project. Come join if you would like.

Frugal Home Designs April 13, 2010 at 8:21 AM  

I also should have mentioned I am hosting a party this week for your favorite DIY project. Come join if you would like.

TBonesMom April 13, 2010 at 8:32 AM  

I love all your pillows! Tia is waiting on her lips pillow...ahem.

Keep scanning & ironing away Tiffany!

Unknown April 13, 2010 at 8:36 AM  

These are great! Please join us for our Anything Related party, going on now!

Kari April 13, 2010 at 9:14 AM  

I love all your pillows! They are fantastic!

Laura April 13, 2010 at 9:59 AM  

Love them...especially the "J" pillow.

I would love it if you joined my "Saturday is Crafty Day" party on April 24th! Stop by my blog for details.

Becca Ross April 13, 2010 at 12:27 PM  

Oh, I am SO going to try this! Great ideas! Please, please, please come post this at my very first ever linky party on Friday. http://becca-homeiswheremystorybegins.blogspot.com/

Natalie April 13, 2010 at 2:28 PM  

I know I have seen most of these before on your blog, but they are all so adorable and I loved getting to see them again. It even makes me think that I might be able to do something like this! I may have to give it a try! :-) Thanks for sharing!

Ashley Houck April 13, 2010 at 3:16 PM  

i love this idea! thanks for the good work on the website ladies!

Ashley @ {The Appraiser's Wife}

Christine April 13, 2010 at 6:19 PM  

Love your transfer ideas. I am trying to "flip" or "mirror" words right now in word 2007 but it won't let me. How did you flip your name "judd" onto that pillow? Thanks ! Love following you.

Tausha April 13, 2010 at 6:26 PM  

Love these pillows! I too am a pillow freak! Ok-you didn't use the word freak-that would just be me! :)
I made a super fun pillow with the cutest number fabric. Come and see! (It is on the monogream tv link)
Love your blog-still! Still stalking! Happy Tuesday!

Morgan//Nuts and Bows April 14, 2010 at 12:44 AM  

Ok I love this WAY too much!! These pillows are too cute! Thanks for the great tips!!

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Molly April 14, 2010 at 2:42 AM  

In an effort to simplify our lives, I reduced a lot of our clutter and nothing hangs on our walls but I LOVE my pillows and have lots in each room. They are inviting and cozy and encourage cuddling! I decided that they are my luxury and they expand on the places available to sit and/or lay. In some cases (which you proved) they can work like pieces of art. Thanks for your post and your great ideas. I especially love the Dick and Jane pillow.

Helena April 14, 2010 at 9:08 AM  

I love pillows too! That fun with Dick and Jane one- I've never seen anything like it. These are all so cute.

Thank you for linking this to A Little Craft Therapy with Life in the Pitts.

Sarah April 14, 2010 at 10:30 AM  

What a simple but fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing :)

Anonymous April 14, 2010 at 1:50 PM  

Very creative pillows. I love the established one.

bilbiochic April 14, 2010 at 3:35 PM  

i love the love pillow!! these are simple, yet creative!! what a great idea! thanks for sharing!

Pauline Wiles April 14, 2010 at 10:16 PM  

These look really great - I love the words you chose!

Delia April 15, 2010 at 12:57 AM  

I totally dig that monogrammed pillow! Beautiful!

Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans April 15, 2010 at 1:49 PM  

Fun ideas! THe possiblities are endless! : )

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions April 15, 2010 at 8:56 PM  

I just picked up the Avery transfer paper so I'm going to have to find a project to use it on. I had purchased a cheap one at Michaels and used it for transfers to make pillows and it was horrible. Started flaking off the corners. I haven't heard any complaints with the Avery brand. All your pillows look great! I'd love to try a monogram or number myself.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style April 16, 2010 at 8:17 AM  

Love your pillows. I am going to have to learn how to do that. I have an addiction to pillows for sure. I even did a post on it in the past.

Angie Holden April 16, 2010 at 9:24 AM  

Gorgeous pillows!!!

Becca Ross April 16, 2010 at 12:03 PM  

I dug out my t-shirt transfer paper last night. All kindergarten teachers need one of those cute Dick and Jane pillows! Thanks for coming to my Home and Family linky party! I hope you'll be back next week too. You guys are fantastic and I'm so inspired.

Kelli @ WhimsiKel April 16, 2010 at 12:20 PM  

I LOVE that monogram pillow! I'm going to have to try one of my own!

FrouFrouBritches April 16, 2010 at 12:31 PM  

Love the monogram pillow and the monogram name with the ric rac is to die for! So stinkin' cute!!

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses April 16, 2010 at 5:05 PM  

What great ideas! I love the Bible page and I love the family pillow. Thanks for sharing!

cottage feel April 18, 2010 at 12:11 AM  

i love your ideas and pillows - i'm a shabby chic/vintage person myself - just love it - thank you for sharing - maria-

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden April 18, 2010 at 4:44 PM  

I especially like the monograms and numbers! Definitely looks easier than stenciling. I am going to have to give this a try!

Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours day! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Unknown April 18, 2010 at 7:19 PM  

AWESOME PILLOWS!! Definitely bookmarking your site--I'm going to have to keep looking around!
(and stealing ideas hehehe)

Colette April 19, 2010 at 8:52 AM  

I love these pillows & can't wait to try making one. I just have one question before I give it a whirl...

How close to the edge of the word did you cut your paper? For example: w/ the name one, did you cut out a rectangle around it, or exacto around, so you could get close to the name? Or did you cut out each letter individually?


Tiffany April 19, 2010 at 12:46 PM  

Hi, Colette. Thanks so much for your comment and for visiting Lemon Tree!

I cut a small border around the letters with regular scissors. If it is pretty big, cutting out each individual letter looks great but it isn't necessary.

Hope this helps! Have fun!

Stacey April 19, 2010 at 9:01 PM  

Oh, I love all of these. They turned out so good. So creative! Thanks for sharing at 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' at Fun to Craft.

Nikki April 22, 2010 at 11:34 PM  

Oh, wow, I love these. So glad I stumbled across your blog!

mamakraus April 29, 2010 at 7:13 PM  

i love the font for the "Family" pillow. Could you share the name of the font.

mamakraus April 29, 2010 at 7:13 PM  

i love the font for the "Family" pillow. Could you share the name of the font.

Tiffany April 29, 2010 at 8:39 PM  

Hi, Sandra! The name of the font for the family pillow is called American Typewriter. I use it all the time, a good ol' classic!


Mika May 9, 2010 at 10:12 PM  

I love these ideas on personalising your pillows. I would love to include this post in "My 5 links for the week". Would it be ok to include some of your photos with the link back to your post?

Many thanks

mamakraus May 10, 2010 at 6:51 AM  

Thanks Tiffany looking forward to trying out your project and will send some pic's
Thank you for inspiring me ...

Lisa @ WellGrounded Life May 18, 2010 at 1:10 PM  

My first time visiting here-- these pillows are incredible-- i love how many possibilities there are. and the bible page is ingenious...love it-- and i'll be subscribing!

Unknown June 15, 2010 at 11:42 AM  

I loved these pillows so much I highlighted them on my blog today.

I love iron-on transfers. I'm trying to get my painting students to use them so they paint one thing, then use transfers to create tons of projects.

Thanks for the great inspiration!

Maria-Isabel @ Agape Love Designs June 24, 2010 at 10:53 AM  

Oh my goodness! I LOVE all your pillow ideas! And so easy.. I never thought of iron on transfer paper! But wow, yours look amazing! :) Ive got an itch to make some now!! :) Thank you for sharing!

Maria-Isabel @ Agape Love Designs June 24, 2010 at 10:55 AM  

Oh and i just have to say, I LOVE the bible page one! Soo great Im def. going to use that idea for sure!

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