Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Crate and Barrel Knock-Off Pillow


crate and barrel knock-off pillow


I enjoy looking through the Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel catalogue from time to time.  Since we move every 2  years because of Mr. Wonderful's job, each house presents itself with new decorating opportunities.  My own personal style is a bit more country cottage than the modern feel of Crate and Barrel, but from time to time I come across something that really catches my eye.

My eye was instantly drawn to this pillow


but I have a hard time paying 30 bucks for a single pillow that might not match the surroundings of the next house.  I thought I'd give it a try and see if I could create a viable copy cat.

Crate and Barrel Knock-Off Pillow

I think I came pretty close although my purple and beige tints are not quite as muted.

Here's how I went about making my 20 inch envelope pillow:


I lightly traced various sized circles on a 21 inch square piece of fabric (mine was an upcycled bed sheet).


I then used those circles as a guide for keeping my flowers centered as I drew the flower petals with black Sharpie.  The pillow description says the flowers are daisies and mums but I thought the one more closely resembled a dahlia and the the large flowers I just can't place.  Maybe a Black Eyed Susan?


I used either fabric markers or acrylic paints to paint each flower.  I never did get the beige in the tone I wanted it, but it works.


Once it was dry (check your fabric marker's recommendations because you may need to heat set the ink), I sewed an envelope closure to the back, clipped the corners, turned the pillow case right side out and used a closed pair of scissors to poke the corners out before slipping the pillow form inside.

Since the outdoors are pretty moist around here, I'll be giving it a final coat of Thompson's Waterproofing spray before it takes up permanent residence on the terrace.

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23 comments:

  1. WOW!!!! that looks great!!!! when I saw your pic, i thought it was the crate and barrel pic. awesome!!

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  2. Before completely reading your post and seeing the two pillow comparison, I thought you were lucky and just found fabric that was a very close match to the Crate and Barrel pillow! What ambition you have! Fantastic job!

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  3. Wow, I can't believe you just drew the flowers! Great job.

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  4. This is awesome! I love that you actually drew all those flowers. Much better than the original in my opinion.

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  5. Wow, you are so talented--that looks awesome!

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  6. Amazing! I can't believe you did this w/ markers.

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  7. Wow! I am so impressed. I never would have guessed you did that by hand. It looks really cool.

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  8. Cool,Stacey. I agree....$30 for a pillow is out of the question. Yours is perfect!

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  9. I can't believe you DREW that! Wonderful. I would love for you to link these up to "I Made This" at Grits & Giggles! http://www.gritsandgiggles.blogspot.com/2012/05/i-made-this-5.html

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  10. so I read this when you first posted it, but I haven't commented yet because I'm still coming to terms with the fact that you DREW THAT!!! I've been studying the pictures really closely to try and prove that you really did just find very closely matching fabric (which would be amazing in itself, and is what I originally assumed was happening here), but now I finally have come to a place where I'm willing to accept that this was handmade by a human person. well done. I want one now, please. Actually, while I would (and have) normally asked you to make me whatever you've just made that I love, I think I want to have a go at this one myself. I'm not artsy like you, but maybe I could trace something? it's amazing, stacey. just amazing.
    -A

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  11. OH, I remember what else I was going to say now. You. Future fabric designer. Go! (start with this print on spoonflower!)

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  12. Thanks so much for sharing this w/ me. I loved it so much, I featured it: http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2012/05/winners-and-features_22.html

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  13. That turned out great, Stacey! I love yours more than the C&B version because it's 100% hand drawn and made!

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  14. This is one of the best things I've ever seen! I love it! I'm going to use this technique to make myself a skirt:) So glad you linked this up over at Freckled Laundry and that she featured it and I saw it!!! Is it ok to pin this on pinterest?? I really love what you did and I want to use the idea and do my own thing with it if you don't mind?

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  15. Beautiful, so creative and I love the color combo! Now following you, would love for you to visit and follow me too :)

    Tanya

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  16. Yours is so much prettier!! Amazing!
    xo
    Ashlyn

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  17. I am so impressed with this pillow!! I can't believe you drew all those flowers - I just love it!! I featured you today as a Crush of the Week - http://www.flamingotoes.com/2012/06/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-features-52/
    Thanks for linking up!

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  18. Hi Stacey! What a great project! Hi, my name is Melissa and I'm the managing editor for FaveCrafts.com. I was wondering if you'd be interested in allowing us to publish this project on our site. I have a newsletter of "knock off projects" coming up and I'd love to feature it! You can contact me at mconner@primecp.com for more information. Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you! Best, Melissa :)

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  19. Beautiful idea...thanks for sharing!!

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  20. This is an awesome job that you did! I think I like YOUR pillow colors better than the store-bought one, LOL! I am going to give this a try, although I have some other designs in mind. You could also combine fabric collage and fabric paint for a combination look, couldn't you? Love this idea....

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  21. I like yours better than Crate and Barrel!! Awesome job!

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