How to create a keepsake cushion using your child's drawings

Our handmade keepsake cushions displaying your children's drawings and handwriting make the most beautiful and sentimental gift to give the special people in your life.

In this blog I will take you through the steps to create your gorgeous bespoke cushion with us and answer our most frequently asked questions.

TIME TO GET CREATIVE!

You can either use an existing illustration or hand written note that is sentimental to you or have your children create a new illustration and/or handwritten note for our keepsake cushions.

Tips for creating your artwork

For the best possible results use clean white paper with a dark marker such as a sharpie or felt tip pen. Lead pencils are fine to use.

Avoid using:

  • Light coloured pencils such as yellow and orange.
  • crayons and chalk
  • coloured or lined paper
  • paper that has been used on the other side (this will show up in our programs)

CAPTURING YOUR ARTWORK

We will require a copy of your beautiful artwork to create your bespoke cushion but don't worry! There's no need to use snail mail here. All you need to do is either scan your artwork to your computer or take a high resolution digital photo. Most of the images we receive has been taken via the camera on a mobile phone and these work perfectly well.

Tips for photographing your artwork:

  • Be in a well lit room
  • Make sure there are no shadows in your image
  • Try to take a straight photo without angles
  • Make sure your photo is high resolution

TIME TO PLACE YOUR ORDER

Once you have created the artwork you would like displayed on your keepsake cushion head to our website www.pippiphurrah.com.au and select the listing for the cushion cover colour you would like.

We have five cushion cover colours to choose from:

  • dusty pink
  • pale blue
  • dove grey
  • natural seeded cotton
  • navy blue

SELECT YOUR DESIGN COLOUR

This is the colour your drawing and/or handwriting will be on the cushion.

You have a choice from:

  • matte black
  • matte white
  • metallic gold
  • metallic silver

If you are not sure of the colour scheme you selected please don't worry as we will send you a computerised mock up of your drawing and/or handwriting on the cushion cover colour you selected in the design colour of your choice for you to review and approve. If you are not happy with how the colours look together please request another mock up in the colours of your choice. We allow up to three changes before an additional fee is charged.

Would you like a cushion insert?

If you're a cushion lover like me, you might not need to purchase a cushion insert with every cushion you order, that's why we give you the option to purchase your keepsake cushion as the cover only or with one of our 100% PET fibre cushion inserts.

If purchasing a cover by itself you will need to source your own cushion insert. These can typically be found in large department stores. The size required to fit a 40 x 40cm cover is a size 16 however I would recommend purchasing the next size up for a plumper looking cushion.

A little about our cushion inserts

Our cushion inserts are super plump and made from 100% PET fibres derived from recycled water bottles. How cool is that?! They look and feel similar to a high grade polyester cushion insert but have a greater resilience rating and will last much longer.

All inserts are:

  • non-allergenic
  • antibacterial
  • washable
  • made in Australia

And with 25 bottles saved from land fill for every 40cm cushion insert purchased that has to make you feel pretty great.

Make it extra special with a personalised message

If you are creating a keepsake cushion as gift for someone special in your life why not make it extra sentimental by adding a personalised message to the back of the cushion. You could include a favourite quote, reference their special milestone birthday ("Happy 60th Birthday Nanny"), the year the drawing was created ("Illustrated by Jacob November 2020) or include your name ("Made with love from Melanie 2020) so your loved one will always remember who gifted them such a special and sentimental item.

SEND US YOUR ARTWORK

Once you have finalised your order (and taken note of your order number) send us an email with your artwork attached in either jpg or PDF format making sure to use your order number and name as the subject heading.

CREATING YOUR MOCK UP

Using the images you have emailed to us, we will create a computerised mock up of your cushion in the design and cushion cover colours you selected. This will be emailed to the email address you provided within 3-4 business days of receiving your artwork.

We do this to ensure you are happy with how your artwork and/or handwriting has been traced and transformed onto your cushion. If you are unhappy with your colour choices you are able to request another mock up at this stage. We allow up to three changes before a fee will apply.

Once you have approved you mock up we will commence production of your cushion. Please note we are not able to start making your cushion until we have received your approval of a mock up via email. 

Haven't received your mock up?

Please check your junk mail. It's a little sad but we do end up in your junk or spam folders from time to time so please make sure to check these folders for emails from us. If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to email mel@pippiphurrah.com.au

PRODUCTION OF YOUR CUSHION

Once you have approved your mock up production will commence, this takes approximately 7-10 business days before being despatched using Australia Parcel Post.

HAPPY MAIL TIME

We hope that when you receive your keepsake cushion you feel the love and care that went into hand making your gift and that it will be treasured for many years to come.

We love nothing more than seeing photos and videos of you and your loved ones enjoying the cushions we have handmade with so much love so please make sure to tag us on instagram @pip.pip.hurrah so you can make our day with your happy snaps.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need special paper for the kids to draw on?

Not at all! A generic, clean sheet of white A4 paper with a black marker gives the best results.

I don't have a scanner. How can I get my artwork to you?

Good news! You don't need a computer scanner to send your artwork to me, all you need is a digital camera (the camera on your mobile phone will work perfectly!) to take a nice clear high resolution photo.

Can I use handwriting instead of a drawing?

Absolutely! There is just something so personal and sentimental about someones handwriting. I have created many cushions with both children's and adults handwriting.

My child made an error on their drawing and has scribbled it out. Can you remove this from the design?

Of course! We all make mistakes after all. Please just send me an email with your artwork attached and let me know what part you would like removed from the design. I will then send you a computerised mock up of your design to approve to make sure you are 100% happy.

I have more than one child. Can I include all of their drawings on the same cushion?

The more the merrier! (within reason of course). I have completed many cushions using multiple illustrations. The easiest way to do this is to have your children complete their drawing on the same sheet of paper however if this isn't going to work (I'm a Mum and understand this could cause an argument depending on their mood) I can always piece together your children's drawings with a couple of layout options for you to choose from.

Will my cushion come with an insert?

You have the choice to purchase the cushion cover only or with one of our 100% recycled PET fibre cushion inserts that are super plump, antibacterial, non allergenic and derived from post consumer recycled water bottles. For an extra $10.00 I personally think you can't go wrong as we will fit your insert to your cushion cover and save you an extra trip to the shops. I almost forgot to mention that for every 40cm cushion insert purchased 25 water bottles are saved from land fill.

What colours can I select for my artwork?

Each cushion design comes in a single colour choice of matte black, matte white, metallic gold or metallic silver.

Do your cushion covers come in more than one colour?

They certainly do! We understand that we all have individual tastes and styles, that's why we have tried to create a range of colours to suit every home, bedroom or office. All cushion covers are handmade by us in the following colours: dusty pink, pale blue, dove grey, natural seeded and navy blue.

I would like to add a message to the back of my cushion.

We can absolutely include this for you. It is actually one of our optional extras in all of our cushion listings. I personally love the addition of a message to the back of our cushions as I feel it takes your gift to the left level and makes it truly one-of-a-kind.

Do you offer gift wrapping?

We certainly do! And it's free at Christmas time, Mother's day and Father's day. Just select the add gift wrapping option when placing your order.

How long does it all take?

Great question!  Within 3-4 days of receiving your artwork we will send you a computerised mock up to review and approve. Once approved your cushion will take between 7-10 business days to complete and will then be sent via Australia post. 

The total time will depend on how long it takes for you to approve your mock up as we are not able to commence your cushion until a approval is received via email. If you need you cushion by a certain date please make not of this on your order and send us an email and we will do everything in our power to meet your deadline.

We also have an express post shipping option available to speed things up.