Homemade gifts can be a real hassle. You spend several hours making something, and then halfway through you think to yourself, “Is this all really worth it when I could far more easily pick up a gift card?” At least, that’s how I felt this year as I worked on a pillow design for my sister’s baby room. She’s having a baby boy named Miles, due in april, and he’s getting an airplane themed room.
I loved making the pattern (shown above) but the real trouble started when it came time to print. The ink wasn’t taking to the fabric quite as well as I hoped. Some areas were completely filled in while others were a bit faded. At this point I was ready to throw out the project altogether and resort to a gift card, but thankfully my sister-in-law came by, just in time, to restore my hope. She thought they turned out great and told me they had a nice weathered look to them. That was all I needed to hear to keep going. I finished sewing up the pillows and gave them to my sister on Christmas Eve.
She loved the pillows, and later that night sent me a photo of them setting in her crib. Knowing that one day soon, baby Miles would be curled up to those weathered airplane pillows, made all the hassle worth it.