I've had this picture in my mind for awhile. I wanted to incorporate my home state of California with my boyfriend's home country of South Africa.
I looked it up, and the distance between us for most of our lives was something like 10,870 miles. But not anymore.
I made up this pillow to remind us of where we came from and how wonderful it is that we are together now.
2. Cut out appliques and iron to front of pillow. I used this tutorial for the applique.
3. Stitch around the edges. I hand-stitched the hearts to make them look more homemade.
4. Insert pillow form. I made a simple envelope pillowcase. Here is a great tutorial for that.
So that's my pillow and my love story.
It was very simple to make, and I hope some of you will try it. You could use two hearts in the same state, or country or continent. It would make a great Valentine's day gift for your sweetie, or give it to someone you know who traveled far away for love.
ETA: These photos are not the best quality. My camera is broken so I have been using my Blackberry. I did what I could with Picnik, but please know that I am capable of better photography. Try not to cringe :)