Custom made scatter pillows - Before & After
Something I have been wanting to do for such a long time was to print my art or designs onto fabric to make scatter pillows. Since I started looking into the idea in 2012, it seemed that the idea has become so popular and everyone was doing it and I knew I had to do it too! It is certainly something people love to have in their homes, on their couches and beds, in the waiting room at your office; wherever you have a chair or a couch, a beautiful pillow makes it that much more comfortable and attractive. So, why not make it special by getting a custom made design?
After considering my options and finding suppliers and printers, there was one small thing I still needed; someone who can sew and make the pillow covers. One day my sister got her old sewing machine out (which used to be our mom's) and she said she will do it! I immediately started working on ideas and then I found the perfect one. I came across some old photos of her and my mom from when she was still very young. I have always loved these photos and wanted to do something special with them. I started by scanning and editing these photos, and some other random photos I took, to create a beautiful romantic design to go onto the pillows.
Here are the before and after comparisons.
I was happy with the good quality of the printing itself; the quality of the ink and colors. It came out very clear and almost exactly as the digital design. Getting the sizes of the completed pillow case designs right was a bit tricky after the printing process, as the fabric sometimes stretches (when the printer steams it) and the design can come out slightly skew. I did not know this and was a bit disappointed to learn this afterwards. So, for anyone else wanting to try this, I would recommend speak to the printer before you seal the deal. If you have a similar experience or advice, feel free to leave a comment! The fabric I used here is Cotton Twill which was recommended by the printer, Artlab, who also supplies this fabric. They were kind enough to do a second print to see if there is a difference. Unfortunately there wasn't. They told me that the fabric can differ from different suppliers and the cotton twill do not always stretch so much. So, lesson learned. Talk to the printer before commencing work.
The type of pillows I used are amazing; Goose Feather & Down cushions from Lifson Linen. Lifson uses ethically sourced raw materials (ESRM) which is a big check on my list for quality products. These pillows are anti-allergenic and safe for house duct mite allergy sufferers. I was also very impressed with my sister's crafty skills to make the pillow cases! Our end result was a success and I finally got to make my first set of custom designed scatter pillows.
Customised pillows are not for everyone and that is ok. It costs more than at commercial retailers and it takes longer because it is made on small scale. You need to appreciate the creative process of making a customised design for the pillow, and anything else really. There are other benefits of course. You can decide which type and size of pillow (inside) you want to use, your custom made design will be unique and can be something specific that has a deeper meaning to you, it can be made to fit a specific look-and-feel you want for the space where you will use it and you are contributing to local artists and designers who have a passion for what they do. You will know that your pillow was made with love and not just for money.