handmade embroidered sunshine pillow

A few months ago, my daughter was drawing at her easel while I was making dinner. She said, “Look, Mom! A sun!” Not only was it a sun, but it was her very first face, complete with two eyes, a nose and a smile. Since then, she’s drawn lots of suns with faces: fat ones, small ones, some even with freckles. This one is special, though. This one was the first.

handmade embroidered sunshine pillow

I decided to share her sun with her grandparents for Christmas. I took a photo of her original artwork, printed it and traced over it with a marker. Then I taped it to a window, taped the fabric over the paper, and traced it with disappearing ink. After embroidering it, I sewed it up into a pillow cover.

handmade embroidered sunshine pillow

I hope to make one for myself this year. Maybe a smaller version for her room? She loves her sun and has the printout taped to her wall. I’ve got the original tucked away for safe keeping.

stash: Everything except the pillow forms came from my stash. The upholstery fabric colors were perfect for this project and I used quite a bit of yellow embroidery thread.

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12 Responses to embroidered sun pillow

  1. Julie that is absolutely adorable! GREAT idea. I love Bella’s sun too! So cute!

  2. Carrie says:

    Your creativity inspires me! This pillow is beyond brilliant!

  3. Mel says:

    What an incrediably sweet idea for using a child’s art work! She must feel so proud every time she sees that pillow.

  4. So sweet, love the crooked smile! If you make one for you too you could use some fabrics from her old clothes :)

  5. lori says:

    I LOVE this idea! They turned out great!

  6. Anna says:

    such a cute pic, and a super idea for making a great keepsake!

  7. oh wow! I simply LOVE this idea. :) Thanks for sharing it. Have a great day!

  8. Lisa says:

    My grandmother made me a pillow from the first story I wrote in kindergarten – she copied and embroidered the handwriting (even my misspelled middle name!) and the picture I drew to go along with it. It is still one of my most treasured possessions – Bella is a lucky girl to have such a talented mommy!

  9. Rachel says:

    Aww that is gorgeous! I love it!

  10. Laura says:

    Love this! You should submit it to a magazine. Really. Thanks for the idea!

  11. MerryMakes says:

    What a fantastic way to immortalise first art! I wish my kids were still small enough for me to do this project.

  12. Carol says:

    I made an embroidered totebag for my daughter using her art work when she was about 3. She is now 42 and has past the totebag on to her children.