In the span of weeks, a friend of mine who shall remain nameless (but goes by the initials Elinor Mills) has become completely addicted to the photo-sharing app Instagram. The world has become one big Instagram photo opp for her as she points her iPhone at flowers, friends, train tracks, oil-slicked sidewalks, and anything else in her path--and still tries to get some shut-eye now and then.
Happily, I've come upon Stitchtagram, a service that makes custom handmade throw pillows from Instagram photos, and now feel confident that Elinor can stay close to her beloved app even while she rests up between Instagram shoots.
The process is simple. You design a pillow by arranging your favorite Instagram photos using Stitchtagram's layout tool. Stitchtagram then prints the digital pics on a linen-cotton canvas and attaches it to a dark navy pillow back with an envelope-style closure hand-sewn at Stitchtagram's Washington D.C. headquarters.
The 15-inch pillows cost around $43.
Instagram, for those unfamiliar with the free app, allows users to apply custom filters to their camera phone pictures and then instantly share the shots with friends via Facebook, Twitter, or Flickr.
In December,, and while it's currently only available for iOS users, an Android version is .
After Instagram nabbed the title, we asked Crave readers to share their favorite Instagram creations, and the submissions amazed us (you can).
But getting back to the pillows, I know what I'm getting Elinor for her birthday.