Pottery Barn Style On My Budget

Those of you who, like me, drool over every Pottery Barn catalog that lands in your mailbox, will appreciate today’s project.

Did you loooove these pillows?

I am smitten with the texture, the typography and the red stitching. So homey and RED. Red is my favorite color.

But, seriously PB, $29 for JUST THE COVER? Not in this lifetime.

I decided to make my own.

I started with this pillow, the perfect size for our leather armchair, but the colors weren’t working with the family room decor.

I got out the canvas drop cloth that I’ve been cutting up for projects, and cut two pieces. The pillow measured 12 inches by 18 inches, so I cut the canvas 14 inches by 20 inches to allow for seams.

I printed out the word PEACE on Microsoft word, using Lucida Handwriting font, at size 300.

(Tip: use the “quick draft” setting to save on ink, and print on scrap paper to save on trees!)

In this picture the letters are printed at size 400. I quickly realized that was too big, so I reprinted at 300.

I cut out each letter with my craft knife.

Using Colonial Red fabric paint, I stenciled each letter on to the canvas.

After the paint had dried, I turned the fabric “right sides in” and glued a seam on three sides.

This stuff is THE BEST.
After the “seams” dried, I stitched a border with three strands of embroidery floss on those three sides.

Then I stuffed the pillow in and sewed the bottom closed!

If I had a SEWING MACHINE (Dear Santa…) this project would have been even EASIER.

How much was my copy? ZERO DOLLARS. Zip. Nada. Nothing. It just cost me my time.

And one hole in my thumb.

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“I Can Make That” at Just a Girl

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch

DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land

Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage!

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58 thoughts on “Pottery Barn Style On My Budget

  1. Wow, that really looks great! I’ve always loved that type stitching and didn’t know how to replicate that look. Thanks for stopping by my blog…I’m looking forward to reading more of your great posts!


  2. OK, Kimm…you really got me on this one. I soooo loved those pillows in the PB catalogue, too. Your version is absolutely awesome! AND, much more in line with my budget!

  3. Hi Kimm…

    Girl, you are so creative and talented!!! I love the pillows from pottery barn but I’m with you on the price! Your rendition is sooo beautiful…I love it!!! Great job and thank you for the “how to’s”…sure do appreciate that! Red is my favorite color too…I would love to make some of these pretty pillows for my Christmas decor!!! Gorgeous, my friend!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  4. You just opened up a whole new world to me!! I don’t have a sewing machine either. Not that i would know how to use it. But, this looks totally doable! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love all your wonderful projects…I love painting on fabrics, I should do a post on my zebra painted cotton pillows…you always inspire me to create something, don’t you just love being an inspiration to soneone, what could be better…

  6. Looks fantastic! I have been admiring those pillows for weeks and thinking that I should really try that. Thanks for the inspiration-drop cloth is perfect!

  7. I LOVE this! I may have to copy :-) Thanks for being so specific about the sizes/fonts, etc. in your tutorial. Great job!

    pk @ Room Remix

  8. I’m surprised that Pottery Barn stays in business with all you creative gals out there. Your pillow is just as fabulous as theirs. And I love that yours was free!!! My kind of price. I need to get me some drop cloths. I am so behind the times.

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