I made some fun things for Christmas this year and now that they've been given out I can post about them here. My favorite gift was to my mom and mother-in-law, a family tree pillow.
I made the whole thing from material I already had on hand. The front of the pillow is from a flour sack towel. I ironed it out and cut it into fourths. I was wanting to make one for each of my sister-in-laws but ran out of time - maybe next year girls! The back is just black cotton and the inside is polyfil. I drew out the trunk and leaves, one for each family member, and traced them onto the fabric which was backed with wonderunder.After I cut the pieces out I used fray check on all the edges just to be sure and then I ironed them onto the front. Next I used my sewing machine and stitched around them. Once the tree was complete I backstitched each initial onto the leaves, the center leaves are the mom and dad - outside leaves the children, and the year they were married onto the trunk. Right sides together I stitched around the entire pillow leaving a 2 inch opening at the bottom. I turned it right side out, stuffed it and sewed it shut. I'm really pleased with the way they turned out. I only have a picture of my mother-in-laws for some reason, it is the one above. My mom's had 5 leaves. And the little bird in the top right corner represents the baby that my mother-in-law miscarried after my husband, her youngest, was born.