Hello camp1899 diy’ers…here we go again! When I received the latest Pottery Barn Catalog I immediately ripped the page out with the beautiful poinsettia pillow….I couldn’t WAIT to try and copy it for much much less. (I’ve caught the pillow bug, can you tell??)
You will need:
1 yard of off white fleece (You will only need 1/2 yard, I bought more for an additional pillow), 2 yd’s “look-a-like” Belgian linen background fabric, 1 Embroidery thread of your choice (I used Ecru), my cost: approx $10 (I used two 50% off coupons for the fabric!…Gotta love JoAnne’s!)
First I used paper lunch bags to trace my petals, it was pretty darn easy to trace the sizes out and lay them together to make a flower and I used the picture as my guide. The flower was three layers, each layer with five petals. I then pinned my pattern onto the fleece…I doubled up the fabric because I am of course making Christmas presents! The inspiration pillow’s petals are definitely not flat..I used a wooden hoop to help me with the simple embroidery and boy did it help! I peeled back the flowers as I went (to make sure the stitching went far enough to the center of the pillow).
And one of the BEST parts of this DIY is that I was able to use jingle bells from my wedding eleven years ago! And yes.. I am surprised the bells don’t have rust on them. I saved the box thinking I’d find use for the extras someday…I am so glad I did!
The EASIEST way to make a pillow back.. no buttons and no zipper. For a finished 18in x 18in pillow measure two 19x 13in pieces, seam one end of the rectangle and overlap the pieces to make a simple pocket. You just squeeze the pillow inside, BAM! The only mistake I made in this whole process was to not overlap my back pieces enough. My first pillow insert smooshed out through the two pieces and I had to remake the back. Rule of thumb: Overlap more than you think you need to! As you can see, my overlap was a little over 5 inches.
The finished products!
Approximate cost of all handmade pillows: $70 ($10-15 each and I reused my inserts)
Approximate cost of 7 new retail pillow covers: $350
(If you figure buying a new PotteryBarn pillow cover comes in at around $48) Huge savings!!!
I love love love my new holiday line up and I hope you are inspired to make some of your own! You might find yourself unable to stop…guess what everyone is getting for Christmas this year??? SHSHSHSHSHSHSSSHHHHH………..
Which one’s are your favorites? I’m having trouble deciding which ones will make the best gifts…..
Thanks for your help! Merry Christmas!!!