So, I figured out a way to do some embroidery by "hand" so to speak. I drew out my image in white fabric pencil, and traced along with the sewing machine. My trick? I set a ziz-zag stitch to button hole width, so it was perfectly tight and looked just like an embroidery machine did it! :o)
They will be pillows. They aren't finished yet, they've been kinda on hold. I'm gonna use a super fuzzy fabric for the back I think.