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« on: December 28, 2011 12:22:58 PM »

I decided a week before Christmas that I should make a Scrabble pillow for my Aunt.  I'm a little crazy.  I really wanted to make her something special because she is awesome and always admires the things I make.  Recently, we've been playing a lot of Words with Friends together, so I thought a Scrabble pillow would be a fun personal gift. 

First off, I want to thank greeneggsandham for the idea.  She posted a Scrabble pillow she made a while back, and it was beautiful and I knew I needed to make one.  You can see it here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=373673.0

I'm not great at sewing, and still struggle through most things.  And I definitely can't follow a pattern.  No sir!  So, I did it with my own brain power.  Though its really not even close to perfect, I still love how it turned out.  Now, onto the pillow!


TADA!  Scrabble pillow!  How I managed to get this done before Christmas, I will never know.  I used the freezer paper method for stenciling on the letters.  And, yes I know, I cheated.  Names aren't legal in the Scrabble rules.  Meh.  Whatev.  ^_^

And here is the back:

The back is flannel, so it is soft and snuggly!

And now, some progress shots.  I don't have all the steps of it in pictures, because I was so focused on getting it done at the end. So, here is what I have:

To start, I used Microsoft Excel to make a diagram of how I wanted the pillow to look and where all the letters and pieces would go.  It took a few tries, but I eventually got all the names that I wanted on there.  I then cut out all the colors out of some plain cotton fabric.  Then it was time for making some letters.


Here are the little squares, that I cut out with a quilting ruler and a rotary cutter.  They measured to be an 1 1/2".  These ones have the freezer paper ironed onto them and are ready for paint.


Here they are with the paint applied.


And without the freezer paper!  Tada!  Letters!

I didn't get a shot of the rows, but here with all the rows sewn together:

Yes, its a little wonky and a little puckering here and there.


Here is the 2 1/2" border I added.  And then I sewed the flannel backing on, stuffed it with polyfil and hand stitched it closed.

And some bonus shots with my Christmas tree:




It was a lot of work, but I think it was worth it in the end.  It made her cry, and I was told that I won Christmas.  Yay!  ^_^



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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2011 12:36:52 PM »

this is so gorgeous. and such a thoughtful gift. I love it! I wish you had a picture of her seeing it the first time, a reaction shot would have been fun!

beautiful, jillybeans Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2011 12:37:58 PM »

Just reading the amount of care and thought that you put into this special gift made me tear up!!

I think the names mean a lot...and so was your effort...wow--it really turned out nice and very unique...can't get that at Target... Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2011 12:54:05 PM »

This pillow is so completely awesome! You did a fantastic job. Rockin' it!
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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2011 01:28:06 PM »

I love this! Are the names of your siblings, cousins, her siblings, etc.? And oh my gosh... your perfect little freezer paper letters make me jealous! =P    I think I must be the only person on craftster who can't manage doing words and letters!

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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2011 01:29:05 PM »

This is so cool!  Lovely gift!!   Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2011 01:34:03 PM »

Best idea for a pillow, ever! You definitely won Christmas. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2011 02:13:25 PM »

Thanks everyone!  ^_^

I wish you had a picture of her seeing it the first time, a reaction shot would have been fun!

I know, that would have been cool!  Its such a small house that a huge group is crammed into, so getting pictures is hard.  I got a few at that exchange, but not many.

I love this! Are the names of your siblings, cousins, her siblings, etc.?

Its my husband's Aunt, really.  The names are her husband, kids and significant others, and grand kids.  And then my husband's parents, siblings & significant others, and kids.  My husband's family is so big that I had to limit it to certain families.  ^_^
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« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2011 02:18:47 PM »

This is amazing.  I'm sure your aunt will LOVE it.  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2011 05:12:23 PM »

i have married friends who met at a crossword tournament who received something similar--no where near as ambitious, tho--as a wedding present.  when i see all that you did to make this happen--wow! a LOT of work, a LOT of love. it came out GREAT!
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