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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Unique Wedding & Anniversary Gifts

It seems like May & June are just filled with weddings every single year. Last week one of my oldest friends got married. In a couple weeks my cousin will be getting married. My Facebook feed has been full of non-stop anniversary celebrations and photos.

This means I've been hard at work creating gifts of course, something I enjoy, but I've recently considered asking some bloggers to review my work and possibly send out a coupon code for my Etsy Shop after I put up my product.

The gifts I make are custom, hand-embroidered wedding/anniversary keepsake pillows. As you can see from the pictures below, each pillow is designed by me in a process that does not involve tracing or pre-cut fabric. All designs and appliques are made by hand by me. Even the design I follow when embroidering is first written onto the pillow by hand. For this reason, they are a more expensive gift, but that makes them all the more beautiful and well-fitted to being a "displayable" keepsake. These also make wonderful ring-bearer pillows, and I'm able to include directions and a matching pin & ribbon for the pillow for those who want to use it as such.

Hand-written, hand-embroidered verse. Colors done to match a "hot pink" wedding. I purposely left the letters unconnected in certain places to make it "pop out".
Here is the pillow I'm currently working on, nearly finished. The applique in the top right was assembled by me, petal by petal to resemble a Gerber Daisy. I have nearly finished with the wording. As you can see in this picture, I have drawn an outline for myself. Nothing is traced, this has all been free-handed. I take my time to make sure my customers get their money's worth. (And the fabric only looks wrinkled because I am not ready to iron it out yet.)

Because the pillows are made almost completely of re-purposed wedding dresses, they all look different. I also buy a variety of pillow forms, so the shape is often different as well. This means that I can't guarantee that one pillow will look just like another, but it also means that I am free to customize them to very specific customer wishes. Each pillow includes one custom applique, one phrase or verse of choice, and the bride & groom first names along with the date. Extra designs, appliques, phrases or whatever else a customer would like can be included, but there is an up-charge for this.

I am currently looking for two bloggers that would like to review & promote this on their site. I would custom-sew a pillow for each blogger (it can be for your wedding/anniversary or as a gift for someone that you want to send it to), along with a special coupon code for them to distribute to their readers. Please let me know if this is something that you are interested in by emailing me at masterofmom@gmail.com.

If you are not a blogger, but are interested in purchasing a pillow, please let me know by emailing me at masterofmom@gmail.com. Current prices of a pillow are between $65 & $95 depending on the size requested (the size of the pillow in the pictures above is about 19"x13" and would probably sell for around $75). If you mention that you saw this blog post, I will knock $10 off the final price of any pillow you would like to purchase as long as the order is placed before 07/31/13.

Thanks for looking!


  1. It's funny that I found your blog, all my friends call me the "Jack Of All Domestic & Manly Trades", but I grew up learning from my mom that did it all! Crocheting, painting, covering old furniture, cooking, sewing, all needlepoint, and my dad raised me as his son, so I learned to work on cars, shoot guns, fish, camp, dive, and box. Today I wouldn't trade it for the world!

    1. I love being a little bit of everything! Some people just have a hard time choosing I guess. I always feel like if I don't check out what's going on or learn how to do something, I'm going to miss out!

  2. Such beautiful pillows!!! I have a question, you say you use old wedding dressings. Would you consider taking a custom order of me sending you my dress and you making a pillow like that. How much would you charge then? I have been debating on what to do with my dress and this is a possibility. I wish I could embroider, that is the one craft I haven't really gotten into. :) I sent you an email about the blogger opportunity.

    1. Thank you April! I definitely would be able to provide a discount if someone sent me their own dress to make a keepsake out of. I have sent you an email about it! :D

  3. This is just too cool! I'm always looking for great ideas for the hubby!