Summer Camp Pillow
Emma leaves for summer camp on Sunday. Her first time, if you don’t count the two camping trips she’s gone on with her school, which were short and heavily chaperoned by parent friends who were a cell phone call away. This one is 4 days, and about an hour away. A perfect starter one (for me as much as for her).
I wanted to make something for her to have while she is away (sewing also helps me with the nervous anticipation of dropping her off this weekend). After seeing Maya’s travel pillow, it seemed like a great idea to make a pillowcase with some kind of surprise. Emma picked out the owl fabric, which I like more and more as I sewed it up (she didn’t know what I was going to make out of it though). I made a basic slip-on pillowcase for a full sized pillow, with fold over on the open end which tucks inside. Its my favorite kind to make. (There is a pattern for one like this in Lotta Jansdotter Simple
Sewing book, but really, you don’t need much of a pattern if you’ve got a pillowcase to measure.) I trimmed the front with “E.S.” initial ribbon. Because things at camp should be labeled, right?
The back has a surprise-
A stuffed Gracie, printed onto heat transfer paper, then ironed onto basic canvas, stitched around and stuffed firm. Emma’s favorite friend, to snuggle with while she’s away. I used the heat transfer sheets made for ink jet printers to print out Gracie’s picture because that’s what I had here on hand, but, I’m not thrilled with how thick and shiny it came out. (Kind of reminds me of a David Bowie t-shirt iron on I bought at the beach one year when I was in middle school, in one of those stores where you pick the iron on and pick the shirt, and they iron it on for you.) I digress… The quality is passable, but not great, and I’ve seen much better results with printable fabric, which I will use next time. I’m sure Ian will want one when he sees it.
I sewed a simple pocket onto the back of the pillow big enough for Gracie to fit into for carrying. I’m pretty sure she thinks I’m making this gigantic stuffed elephant with a blanket strapped to its back, a pattern we saw at fabric store the other day. So, this might be a downer for her.
I’m going to miss that girl.
jessJuly 2, 2009 at 9:33 pm
there is NO WAY she will be let down by this gift. nice work, sweet mama.
JenniferJuly 2, 2009 at 10:15 pm
That pillow is adorable! I laughed out loud when I saw the kitty in the pocket, it is so cute! She will love it and think of you and the family every time she hugs the pillow and Gracie.
DawnJuly 2, 2009 at 11:56 pm
You are one amazing Mama…I just love it so much. I want to do one of Gucci. Memphis would just die. Also thanks for the class tip…not sure I can get into that class but it got me thinking about seriously taking a class in the future 🙂 I also really like that store.
The AntidoteJuly 3, 2009 at 1:50 am
Now, what I WOULD like is a stuffed David Bowie toy under my pillow – about that old T Shirt 😉
erinJuly 3, 2009 at 4:54 am
all of her cabin mates are going to be jealous. well done, blair.
(and that first night is the hardest for mom. the rest of the time will fly by.)
memereJuly 3, 2009 at 5:07 am
How cute is that! The cat is such a lovely idea, I would have loved to have my kitty with me at all times when I was younger!
ElizabethJuly 3, 2009 at 5:22 am
What a great mom you are! This is a perfect going away to camp gift!
JessicaJuly 3, 2009 at 5:43 am
Love the fabric she chose and the little surprise in the back! What a lucky girl to be sent to camp with such reminders of home.
NancyJuly 3, 2009 at 6:17 am
That kitty pillow is clever! Well done, mama! She will be back before you know it.
geek+nerdJuly 3, 2009 at 6:22 am
Ha! Gracie peeking out of that pocket is just too damn cute! I love it!
ginaJuly 3, 2009 at 6:26 am
I love your gift. It’s perfect. Having her head craddled at night by mom’s hands and her kitty tucked in her arms. I think she will be well pleased.
blair/wisecraftJuly 3, 2009 at 6:59 am
Dawn, I love that store too, such nice people. I actually was going to email you about a one of your creations for Ian, because he’s going to be jealous and I think he would love one of yours. We should talk (actually we should meet!)
blair/wisecraftJuly 3, 2009 at 7:00 am
I think the first night will feel weird, but its such a short camp (4 days) that I’m thinking she’ll be home before I realize it. Were your girls gone for a full week? I think we’ll be building up to the 1 week….2 week… versions of these in the future, yikes!
blair/wisecraftJuly 3, 2009 at 7:01 am
Thank you guys so much. I have to admit I chuckle at the stuffed Gracie, such a funny idea to me. But I think Emma will be happy.
Tami B.July 3, 2009 at 7:49 am
The kitty pillow is absolutely the best! What a great mom!
mary janeJuly 3, 2009 at 8:10 am
Perfect Mommy award!
KellyJuly 3, 2009 at 11:27 am
You are such a thoughtful momma, I am betting she will love it.
And how I wish I could make that quilting class! I’m itching to learn.
goody-goodyJuly 3, 2009 at 12:29 pm
What a lucky girl. What a great mom. It’s so hard to let go of their hands, one bit at a time. When I was in the hospital as a little girl, my mom brought me a stuffie that looked like our cat, Sally. It made everything just a smidge better. She will always remember it.
SarahJuly 3, 2009 at 12:30 pm
Ribbon with her initials on it? That’s awesome!
Where on earth did you find that? Or did you make it yourself?
LolaJuly 3, 2009 at 12:38 pm
I just tried to download the template for your fabric flower. Can you help me with this.
suesueJuly 3, 2009 at 12:48 pm
this is adorable and sweet!!
RachelJuly 3, 2009 at 12:52 pm
This is SOOOO fabulous. He’ll kill me but I really want to do this for my husband. =)
PersephoneJuly 3, 2009 at 1:13 pm
Wise choice with the fabric (ha! pun intended). I remember the iron-on shops. After a couple of washings, you were wearing a “Dad Boi” shirt. 🙂
LeeAnnJuly 3, 2009 at 1:13 pm
That is the sweetest thing ever! I almost want to make a little stuffed pillow out of the image of my kitty! So adorable!
Ransacked GoodsJuly 3, 2009 at 8:11 pm
That cat peeking out of the pocket kills me. I love it. Can I replace my cat with a pillow? I’ve had good luck with the HP brand iron on. Nice work!
ElizabethJuly 3, 2009 at 10:12 pm
That pilowcase is beyond adorable and inspiring.
donnaJuly 4, 2009 at 4:03 am
I love the owl print fabric. What a lovely idea and very thoughtful i bet your daughter just loved her pillow.
SarahJuly 4, 2009 at 7:35 am
Love that owl fabric!! Kicking myself for not buying a yard of it!
amishaJuly 4, 2009 at 7:46 am
i am just going to repeat my gushing from flickr 🙂 i love it. and i can totally see myself cuddling with a stuffed sherman + zoe until i get back to florida! emma must be so thrilled!
stephanieJuly 4, 2009 at 8:06 am
adorable pillow. have fun, emma!
p.s. i have that fabric in my own stash. cute stuff.
kateJuly 4, 2009 at 3:34 pm
That kitty? Most. awesome. idea. ever.
I am so stealing this idea when my love-bug is old enough for camp.
sarahJuly 4, 2009 at 7:26 pm
what a great mom you are!!!
my girls just came home from camp today! [which isn’t so far, we live here and my husband is the director].
i wish i had been a bit more on top of the special camp surprises for my girls….we forgot to even send them with flashlights! [thankfully, our staff is awesome and were willing to share ;), who lives at a camp and doesn’t have a flashlight???!!!!!]
i hope it is a wonderful experience for both of you!!! enjoy!
shannonJuly 4, 2009 at 8:04 pm
What a great idea! That kitty pillow is too cute.
KarinJuly 4, 2009 at 11:40 pm
That’s a really cute pillow and I’m sure your little girl will love the cat! Goodluck with those four days. I can imagine how you feel 🙂
valerieJuly 5, 2009 at 12:40 am
found my way here from posy gets cosy just wanted to say what a fantastic idea will definately keep her company
JackieJuly 5, 2009 at 6:41 pm
You are one fantastic MOM! The owl pillowcase with little kitty tucked in is great! A little piece of home alway close by.
nicolaJuly 6, 2009 at 9:17 am
very sweet, blair!
kimJuly 6, 2009 at 11:59 am
i saw that fabric at pacific fabrics and i think it is adorable. i like the size you made the pillow. the pockets are really cool!
mayalunaJuly 6, 2009 at 6:18 pm
This is stupendous! I had to think od a new adjective to describe all of your wonderful projects! Gracie is hands down the most ingenious idea, ever! I’m going to have to give this a go with a picture of our Hickory.
KitJuly 8, 2009 at 3:07 am
I’ve been following your inspiring blog for a year and never commented. But I just have to say THAT PILLOW SET IS THE SWEETEST DAMN THING I’VE EVER SEEN. You could’ve left it at the cat pillow and, as a pet-lover, I would have loved it. But the cat stuck in the little pocket makes this project something I’ll remember until the day I have some pet-lovin’ kids and have to send them off to camp. It’s almost too cute. Surely you are the best mom since mine.
AliciaJuly 8, 2009 at 6:38 am
Man, that is so adorable Blair. She will absolutely love it.
SarahJuly 8, 2009 at 8:46 am
That is such cool owl fabric!
TrinaJuly 8, 2009 at 10:29 pm
Oh good land. That is so cute.
DebraJuly 10, 2009 at 6:18 pm
These are just the sweetest ♥ I love the cat pillow. Such a great idea!