Can’t stop, won’t stop. Yes, this is my husband’s company. And I’m obsessed with it. I think being able to make custom gifts, clothes, etc. is awesome and that everyone should do it. And I LOVE my kid’s art projects that they bring home from school. So I decided to use one of my favorite pieces of art to create some gifts. For myself. But with the holidays coming up, they really would be a good idea for other people too. So I only have one question. Have you downloaded Yoshirt yet?
I’ll be sharing my son’s 6th birthday party soon but for now I have to share this custom Tiny Prints pillow. They were super generous to send it to me. The theme of the party was “monsters” but instead of using ready-made party goods, we used his custom drawings since this is what he is really in to drawing at the moment. This custom pillow was great for decor during the party but also makes a rad keepsake for him.
And after the party, it moved in to his bedroom. I wanted you to see it next a normal sized bed pillow for size. These are pretty big! They come in rectangle or square and you can use their ready-made templates for more decor friendly options. But I really love that you can upload your own artwork and get a custom-made item that you can cherish forever.
You can also follow this tutorial for making a pillow with your child’s own artwork!
Thank you, Tiny Prints, for sending me the pillow!
Do you love to be creative and search out unique gifts for all the people on your gift list? I always love the little drawings my kids make and thought they could be made in to a really fun, unusual gift. I love when my kid’s draw. They come up with the greatest characters. When my youngest son drew this guy, I knew I had to turn it in to fabric. And since Mother’s Day was coming up, it made sense that I could try to create a unique gift with his artwork to gift some family members. If you have never made your own fabric before it is SO easy. I used Spoonflower and all you have to do is scan in the image and then follow their prompts. I was able to tile to take his drawing and create a tiled pattern, and then choose a background color for it. It can be a little pricey but I think it is well worth it to be able to create one of a kind fabric and be able to turn it in to a keepsake gift.
I decided to turn the fabric in to little throw pillows that I could gift both grandmothers. Your local craft store sells pillow forms that are inexpensive and make it so you don’t have to stuff your pillow with batting. Super easy. Just the way I like my crafts. Once the fabric arrives, you just have to find someone awesome to sew up the pillow covers or follow an easy no zipper pillow tutorial. I’m not a sewer. I tried learning by taking sewing classes but those were way more about the fun than the learning. It was either con someone in to helping me sew or try to make them with hot glue…which I totally still think would work just fine.
Both grandma’s loved their unique gifts made with my son’s artwork. I will totally be making more fabric out of their imaginative drawings. We ended up trying another method for creating a pillow out of my youngest’s artwork as part of a decoration for his Monster Art birthday party. But I really love this custom fabric method! Wouldn’t that be so fun as a duvet cover for a little boys room?
*UPDATE: It looks like Spoonflower now offers a lot more than just printed fabric. They offer several styles of pillows so they would basically make this gift for you! Genius! No more begging people to help you sew things!
What are your favorite unique gift ideas? Have you ever made gifts out of your kid’s art?
A few weeks ago, we held my son’s 4th birthday party. I like to be really creative with my parties, as my son is really creative, and this year we decided to go with an art party. But not a traditional kid’s art party. After attending several art gallery openings or parties recently, I decided to give O his own art show. The invitation above features his own artwork and sets the tone for the party. It was totally kid friendly but arty and cool. I can’t wait to show you the rest of the party.
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