Spark a trip down memory lane with an old family photo and cool printer-friendly fabric. To begin, scan and upload the photo to your computer, then place the image in an 8 1/2″ x 11″ Microsoft Word document. Adjust the image as desired, leaving a half-inch border around it for seam allowance. Print onto an ink-jet fabric sheet ($9.99 for five 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets; amazon.com). If necessary, trim the fabric, then cut a same-size piece of backing fabric, like linen or broadcloth.
Pin the two pieces of fabric together, right sides facing. Stitch around the pillow along the seam allowance, leaving a four-inch-wide opening on one side. Use small scissors to clip the corners, then turn the pillow right side out. Push out the corners, iron out any wrinkles, and stuff the pillow with loose fiberfill stuffing ($4.33 for one pound; amazon.com) before
Postcards, matchbooks, and coins tell the stories of our travels, but back home these trinkets tend to get lost in a junk drawer. Instead, give vacation souvenirs—as well as snapshots—a more fitting home with this project adapted from Paper + Craft ($19.95; Chronicle).
Step 1: To source the geographical shape of your travel destination, type its name (Hawaii, Africa, Manhattan, etc.) and the word silhouette into Google. Print out a resulting image and use a copier to resize it to fit on the lid of a small white box
($.99 each, 4½”W x 6″L x 4½”H; containerstore.com for stores).
Step 2: Cut out the silhouette, then trace it onto the prettiest section of a colorful map of your destination.
Step 3: Next, cut the shape out of the map and use a glue stick to paste it onto the box’s lid.
Step 4: Finish by affixing a label on the lid and writing in the location and dates of your journey.
(Download the labels shown at left from chroniclebooks.com/papercraft).