Today, I decided to share something new.
Knock-off Pottery Barn Pillows
I posted these PB pillows last week as inspiration. I’ve loved these since I saw them. At $29/pillow, I wasn’t going to buy them (remember my Christmas rule # 1: I will not buy anything). So, I set off to make them.
I bought this great linen-like fabric in the fall for pillows. I never made pillows so I still had four yards of this fabric on-hand.
I had old, ugly pillows that I picked up from Goodwill over the summer. I washed them and figured I could use them as inserts at some point. (Goodwill is a great place for pillows. I always find ugly pillows that are in good shape and good quality.)
I decided to learn to hand-embroider for this project. Sound hard? It isn’t. I found a You Tube video with Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching. It showed the split stitch (see the diagram here). It’s very simple and relatively quick. I just wrote the words in my handwriting with a fabric pen. Then, I followed the pattern. Cost – $.32 for red embroidery thread, $.50 for a wooden embroidery hoop (which I’ll reuse). So, $.82 total for embroidery.
It took about an hour and a half from start to finish to make my first pillow (Joy). That includes the hand embroidery, cutting and sewing the simple envelope pillow (see a nice video about the process that I discovered through Joi).
They turned out so great, and I think I’m addicted to hand embroidery. It will be a great craft to take on the road for travel. And, it’s quite therapeutic. You should try it. I’ve already decided on other embroidery ideas and picked up a book from the library for more ideas.
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