Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Make A Customizable Family Tree Pillow- Free Printable

This is Part 2 of my Simply Screen Custom Silk Screen Kit Review- The project reveal.

Lately I've been doing some genealogical research. And it sparked my interest in making a family tree project. (Plus I really needed some new pillows on the couch and have been meaning to try and make some for a long time now.)

Not only is this pillow something you can make for yourself but it's also a great gift for anyone on your list this holiday season because it's completely customizable.

First I used the custom silk screens I made to print a tree onto t-shirt-like fabric. That'll be the front of the pillow. For the back I used this cute little striped fabric.

Once the screened image is printed and dry, if you are making the pillow for yourself you can go ahead and write your family names around the tree leaves.

If you are going to give the pillow away as a gift, move straight to the next step which is sewing the pillow.

To make the pillow I followed this fabulous tutorial for an envelope pillow that Tracey Pereira put together as a guest post during my sewing 101 week.

Once the pillow is done (and by the way thank you so much Tracey because I actually, finally, sewed my own pillow and it was easy), turn it right side out and stuff it with a pillow form.

If you are going to gift this pillow include a fabric marker, and a nice card or tag letting the recipient know how they can easily customize this pillow with their family names. Another nice thing to include is a piece of cardboard. The recipient can place the cardboard inside the pillow when writing the names onto the front and the marker won't bleed onto the back of the pillow.

If you'd like to make this pillow for yourself or as a gift, I've made my screen design available as a free download here. All I ask is that you please respect the time it took me to make this design by not using it to produce items you intend to sell. It's for personal use only.


  1. I LOVE this idea!!!! :) I may truly have to do this one myself!! Love it!! :) I'm your latest follower from Someday Crafts! :)

  2. Thanks Jessica and Katie!

    Jessica, if you make this pillow I'd love to see how it turns out.

  3. Your pillow is so pretty. I would love for you to share at the Bacon Time weekly linky, all of your talents.


    Happy holidays.

  4. This is such a nice personal touch to have as a pillow. I love your idea for the family tree!

    And yes, the muffins were a perfect bit of Thanksgiving here on this little island! Thanks for the recipe.
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

  5. Love the pillow. Very creative indeed!

  6. I think this is perfect. I'm going to give this a try. Thanks for sharing!

  7. What a lovely gift idea! :) (Yes, it's me, I'm still alive!) Hope you're doing well!

  8. You amaze me with your talent all the time! So much so, I have given you an award! Come on over to The Big Green Bowl to receive it! :-)

    Michael Ann
    The Big Green Bowl

  9. Thanks so much Melanie, Mindie, Karah, Asmita, So many little things, Joanne, and Michael Ann for you comments. And thanks Michael Ann for the award!

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