sewing project: handkerchief invitation pillow

A few months ago, a friend commissioned me to make a wedding gift for her friend, Annette. The gift was a pillow featuring Annette's wedding invitation, which had been brilliantly printed on a handkerchief.

Using fabrics that my friend had selected, I sewed together a button-back cover (this tutorial came in very handy) to fit over a fourteen-by-fourteen-inch pillow form. Since my machine is ancient, I borrowed a friend's machine to make the buttonholes.

I sewed the handkerchief to the pillowcase by hand, using embroidery floss that matched the yellow stitching around the edges of the handkerchief. I also embellished a few of the invitation's pink and purple flowers, using isolated chain stitches (my favorite part!).

It was fun doing a commissioned project, and after spending so much time with the invitation, I loved seeing pictures of the actual event--Annette's amazing-looking and craft-filled wedding (which can be seen here).



  1. My goodness what sweet little stitches! It reminds me of The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter. This was just a quickie message to let you know that you won my giveaway! If you'd like to email me your postal address I'll get your goodies in the mail xx

  2. Hi Caitlin!

    Brian and I LOVE this pillow... Thank you so much for creating it! Would it be okay, if I posted it on my blog as well? I will link back to you, of course...


  3. Wow, Anna! I just sent you my mailing address. I'm so excited! Thank you!

    Annette! Of course, of course! I'd love for you to post about the pillow on your blog. I'm so glad to hear that you and Brian like it!

  4. Wow! That's amazingly cute! You're so talented. I'm so glad we're friends. :-)

  5. Thanks, Van! I'm glad we're friends too!

  6. I don't know how I missed seeing this until now, but this is so awesome! What a wonderful memento!

  7. Thank you, Adaiha! It was a very fun project to work on.


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