Monday, January 4, 2010

Post Card Pillow


Just before Christmas I  had another crafty play date with my friend Kat. She graciously let me use her color printer to print out both the front and the back of this vintage postcard onto printer fabric. Kat's printer is so awesome that you can even see the embossed texture of the postcard!
Post Card Pillow

I then sewed it to some scraps of upholstery weight velvet that I had in my stash.
Post Card Pillow Front
The most beautiful part- that post card was written by my Great Grandmother on behalf of my grandmother (Hattie Ringrose) when she was just four years old!

I found it in my "Grandmother Remembers" book and it had a little note attached:

Dear Jane,
This is the kind of Christmas card we used to send. My mother wrote these for me when I was four years old. Evelyn became my favorite cousin.
Love, Grandma

If you look closely you can see that it was postmarked on the 25th. My guess is that it was a special postmark just for Christmas cards. How nice!

I have an idea for a patchwork pillow with snippets of letters in it. Sometimes handwriting alone brings back memories.

Do you have any special letters that deserve to be shared?

I am linking up to this week's Brag Monday at Graphics Fairy today. Such inspiration! Head on over!

Updated: I am not sure what kind of printer Kat has. The printer fabric I used can go into any inkjet printer.

22 comments:

Coleen said...

That is awesome! I've never done anything like that, how do you do it?

Jeanette said...

That is so cool. Such a treasure to have.

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

Gorgeous pillow Jane!!! This is such a perfect project for your grandmother's card, now you can enjoy it every year at Christmas for many years to come. That decorative edge is a really nice touch too! Thanks again for letting me share your beautiful card with my readers and thanks for playing along again for another "Brag Monday"!

Nutsy Coco said...

That's precious! I have a bunch of old postcards that my grandma gave me too but no holiday ones. Very cool.

Laura said...

This is cool! Would love to try it.

Cammie said...

What a wonderful way to cherish such a special memento!

Micah said...

Wow you have blown my mind...with your thoughtful creativity. Love it!

Sarah and Jack said...

Wonderful.

Mendy said...

OMG this is freakin' awesome! absolutely LOVE this!!!

laterg8r said...

that is amazing - love it :D

Stephanie Lynn said...

This is FABULOUS. I love it - just wish I had a sentimental postcard like that...you're very lucky.

Heidi said...

Jane, that is so neat! What a wonderful way to highlight a family treasure. I'm going to tuck this one away in my memory banks for future use!

HollyLynne said...

Such an awesome project! I saw it on your Flickr and couldn't wait to read about it.

Piney Rose said...

How sweet that project is! I love it.

jen duncan said...

I love this pillow! I've been seeing them around at Anthropologie and the like...this one is just as good or better!

Kathy-Catnip Studio said...

Such a dear and personal piece! I had no idea you could print on fabric - that must be some printer!

Ashley said...

How awesome! I absolutely love it! What a neat thing to put together. I need to look into an awesome printer like that!

Blue Creek Home said...

This is the sweetest idea. I want to make one!!!
You did an awesome job and what a fun way to keep loved ones close.

What kind of printer does your friend have?
Rhonda

greenbeanbaby said...

sooooo adorable! and what a great idea!!! my mom has ALOT of cards and postcards that would make dandy pillows!!! and a GREAT way to preserve such memories!!!!!

hugs!!

Jaybird and Me said...

This is so cute! I think the personal nature of it really "makes" the project though. I'll have to seek out some special items - I'm thinking even old photos would look great.

ruthrawls said...

Jane,
You are a rock star. I am in awe.

ana said...

So Cool!!
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