Tuesday, May 15, 2012
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.
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.