DIY personalized throw pillow – home is where the heart is

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DIY personalized throw pillow – home is where the heart is.

DIY-HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs | VinYetEtc

Even though I am not technically from Newfoundland nor do I live there… my heart still very much belongs to that ruggedly gorgeous province and I do consider Newfoundland home! My Dad was born and raised there, although he left his beloved island to join the Military many years ago he always tried to get us (his family) back there to his home as much as he could. With enough summer visits as a child under my belt and the fact that Mr. Mans and I lived there when he was in the Military, I feel justified in thinking that this stunning place is “home”.Β  That is the saying after all, “Home is where the heart is” and my heart is truly there.

OldNLHouse | Vinyet Etc. An old Newfoundland home – Leading Tickles

Newfoundland has taken on an even greater meaning for me in the last couple of years, 2 years ago both of my parents passed within 6 months of each other and they are both laid to rest together in Newfoundland. When we were there laying Mom beside Dad that place gave me so much comfort, it touched me and consoled me at a very low time in my life. While I was there my Brother and I explored, I captured some photos that I will treasure forever, it truly was like therapy. If you’d like to have a peek at some of those photos and read my story you can see that here

I sure hope I didn’t bring the mood down… this really is a fun post, I just wanted to give you a good idea why I did this very simple DIY, considering the plethora of vinyl products and the many endless possibilities of things you can make with all of the goodies you can buy from this month’s sponsor: ExpressionsVinyl | VinYetEtc

I’m so happy to be back again for our monthly DIY challenge, this is our 8th one! I can hardly believe how fast time is flying, I’ve had so much fun challenging myself every month. I sure hope you will join me and my 11 bloggy friends for our Instagram challenge? You can challenge yourself right along with us every month it’s simple, you make something with the specified material like we do and at the end of every month we pick a winner and we feature that winner on all 12 of our IG accounts! I love seeing all of the creativity that is being shared, you guys blow me away!

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Here is the VERY easy tutorial to make your own, “home is where the heart is”, map pillow.

Materials you will need:

Silhouette printable heat transfer material (for light coloured fabrics)

Google maps – you may have heard of it… πŸ˜‰


Ink jet printer


Pillow form (throw pillow size, or any size you’d like)

Canvas (I bought a painters canvas for a past project and had tons of material left I just cut what I needed out of it to make a pillowcase for the pillow form)

I sewed the pillowcase with my trusty yard sale sewing machine ($25), I did not follow a pattern it was a measure as you go type of project, very simple process… I should video my process one day, so easy I may bore you.


DIY steps:

Find your “home” or image, I typed Newfoundland into google maps and did a screen capture once I was happy with the quality and position of the map.

I opened my screen captured image in PicMonkey and edited out all of the town names and any other words I did not want on there.

NL - MapBase

Then I added a heart shape on the exact town my Dad is from (Botwood). I also brightened it and added some filters to make it look like an old map… this process really is up to your own tastes, so play and have some fun.

NL - MapFinal

Once your image is the way you want it to look after editing mirror it within your photo editor.

Mirror map

Place your printable heat transfer sheet into your printer making sure it will be set to print on the blank side (NOT on the grid side) of the sheet, simple as that!

print image

I placed a little boarder around the map, I just cut out any unwanted heat transfer material.

Cut out map

Center your image on the pillowcase and iron over the paper grid (grid side facing up). I ironed the pillowcase on a hard surface for 2 – 3 min, going over and over the entire grid until you are satisfied that your image has adhered to your pillow case.


Let your project cool completely before gently peeling off your grid backing.

Stuff your pillow in your new pillowcase and enjoy!

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I am very affectionately calling this my Newfoundland corner, the vintage banner is from Grand Falls, NL… the photo hanging above the bench is of my Dad’s Uncle George, he lived all of his days in Newfoundland and of course that little pillow… with the heart in the exact spot I love so much! Thank you for joining me for this simple yet meaningful DIY project. xo

Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY vinyl project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends!

12 Crafts to do with Vinyl | VinYetEtc

From the top left, they are:

Number Subway Art from Love Create Celebrate

DIY Upcycled Faux Geometric Mosaic Tile Serving Tray Using Vinyl from Sustain My Craft Habit

Personalized Shoes from Brooklyn Berry Designs

Vinyl Otomi Chargers from PMQ for Two

DIY personalized throw pillow – home is where the heart is from Vin’yet Etc.

DIY Decorated Rain Barrel Using Fun Vibrant Colours from Time With Thea

Child’s Memory Box with Hand-Cut Vinyl Decals from Woman in Real Life

DIY Striped Carafe from Lifeovereasy

Life is a Party Napkins from Life is a Party

Vintage Inspired DIY Office Sign from Heather in Heels

Easy Strawberry Jam with Printable Vinyl Labels from The DIY Mommy

Custom Artwork Using Vinyl from Love Create Celebrate

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  • Reply Ariel August 17, 2016 at 7:51 am

    I love this pillow πŸ™‚ and of course the story behind it. Well done, as always!

    • Reply Laurie August 17, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      Thanks girl! <3

  • Reply Brooke August 17, 2016 at 11:03 am

    I had no idea that you could print your own image and transfer it to fabric. MIND BLOWN.

    • Reply Laurie August 17, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      Haha, really Brooke? I’m so glad that I was able to blow your mind, I was so afraid this was too simple. Thanks! xo

  • Reply Heather August 17, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    I love this project and love how much it connects to family and history, so much to treasure:)

    • Reply Laurie August 17, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      Yes, so much to treasure, I am so grateful! I’m so glad you like this project and I’m thrilled you’ve joined us for the 12 Months!!!!! <3

  • Reply Dannyelle @ August 17, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Love your pillow, such a sweet project -beautiful and meaningful. You’ve given me lots of ideas for future projects.

    • Reply Laurie August 17, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      Thanks Dannyelle! I’m so glad I’ve sparked some ideas!

  • Reply Joann @ Woman In Real Life August 17, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    This is incredible. So lovely and meaningful. Newfoundland is such a wonderful place. I found it so peaceful there. I would love to go back soon.

    • Reply Laurie August 17, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      Thank you sweet friend, it is such an amazing place!!! I can’t wait to go back, we are hoping to very soon!!!

  • Reply Christette August 17, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Oh, so gorgeous. Would you be willing to sell me a printed sheet (or a few) of your NL transfer? If you could, I would be forever grateful. My heart is in Springdale, which is not far from Botwood. I think that the pillow would be a wonderful Christmas gift for my family, who are all from NL (including me). My aunt lives in Grand Falls and I also had an Uncle George. small world!

    • Reply Laurie August 17, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      Thank you so much Christette! You are so right, it’s a very small world, haha! I will email you and we can chat about the transfers. πŸ™‚ I appreciate you popping in and letting me know you like my pillow!

  • Reply Thea August 17, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Oh my gosh! What a beautiful post. I LOVED reading the background story to your amazing DIY pillow. I can’t believe how easy it is thanks to your detailed instructions. I have never been to Newfoundland and it is on my list of must see places.

    • Reply Laurie August 23, 2016 at 7:48 am

      Thank you Thea, you must go at least once in your life… there is nothing like taking the ferry, the approach to the island gives me butterflies! Newfoundland is so special to me, it’s really a part of who I am.

  • Reply dani@lifeovereasy August 18, 2016 at 1:02 am

    I love your pillow and it’s no wonder – do you know I was screeched in at a young age? Doesn’t that make me an honourary Newfoundlander? I really love how this project is so personal – those are the best projects, don’t you think? Another thing – how on earth do you remove names in PicMonkey lol???

    • Reply Laurie August 23, 2016 at 7:51 am

      Hahahahaha, really, I’m wondering how young? But technically yes that makes you an honourary Newfoundlander! πŸ™‚ I love making projects that mean something to me, it’s kind of how I roll! I removed the lettering/names by zooming in and cloning what was near. A little tedious in the smaller areas, but like my Mom would always say, do the worst part first and the rest will be easy. xo

  • Reply Lindi August 18, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    I LOVE this Laurie! Home is where the heart is. Absolutely! Great idea! I want one now πŸ™‚

    • Reply Laurie August 23, 2016 at 7:52 am

      You totally should make one Lindi, so easy! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Becki August 19, 2016 at 11:42 am

    I just love this idea! So cute! Such a pretty corner! Also love that you have such strong feelings for NL! ❀️❀️

    • Reply Laurie August 23, 2016 at 7:57 am

      Thanks so much Becki! NL is really a huge part of who I am… NL and Bic, Quebec (where Mom was from) developed my obsession with the salty air! I can’t wait to get on the ferry and experience the approach to the island again… there is nothing like it, the sounds, smells the everything! <3

  • Reply Clarissa August 21, 2016 at 10:43 am

    This is beautiful – and such a great in-depth tutorial! Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

    • Reply Laurie August 23, 2016 at 7:57 am

      Thank you so much Clarissa for popping in! xo

  • Reply Becki August 23, 2016 at 11:58 am

    That’s amazing! I know the feeling ❀️ That salty air gives me 😍. When we get back next year you will have to let me know if you guys are ever in town for a visit! Have to have you up to the house for dinner or something πŸ™‚

    • Reply Laurie August 28, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      We would love that! And, my goodness if you are ever this way, please stop in for a bonfire and some good ol’ fashioned laughs! πŸ™‚

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