Friday, 23 July 2010

Pottery Barn inspiration...

This post should be entitled Pottery Barn inspired pillow but I didn't want to scare you away with you all thinking 'oh god, no - not another pillow post!"

sorry but I've been trying to make a load to fill my etsy store so that I can concentrate on making Christmas decorations ready for my parties.

Last pillow post - I promise.

Last night I made this...


For some time I have been lusting after the Pottery Barn pillow shown in the picture below.  We don't have Pottery Barn in the UK so I'm stuffed!


I had some burlap left over from my pillows and some Christmas banners I've been making and it was just enough to make another pillow.

You know how it goes - mark off lines with freezer paper, paint stripes on with fabric paint..
I then hemmed the top and bottom leaving the ends open with the intention of adding snap fasteners underneath the buttons on both ends.  This didn't look right so I decided to put the pillow (I had bought last week for display purposes when photographing my pillows to list on etsy and which I now have to replace) inside and hem around it leaving a flap on each end.  The buttons were sewn onto the front flap and then I sewed the ends closed.






I love how it turned out but want to make two really big ones for my sofa's so I can get rid of all my other pillows and just have one really big long one down the middle - what do you think of that idea?

If you haven't come across freezer paper yet you are missing out - it is the best thing ever for making stencils to paint onto fabric.

so in the words of Tigger "TTFN"

xoxox

19 comments :

  1. HI Sam!

    LOVE it! And would have yours over the Pottery Barn one ANYDAY!!!!

    And thank you for sharing your 'secret ingredient' -great tip! Nnot that I have made any cushions yet, but am thinking about it and have always wondered where all the lovely stripey material comes from...!

    Have a lovely day!

    Nicola

    p.s. Sorry - Haven't introcduced myself - I am one of your new-ish readers...

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  2. I love it! I have no way near the patience or the talent you have. I actually like your pillow better than the PB one! Have a great weekend!

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  3. No PB here either! Yours looks fantastic, and to be honest, I would never know it wasn't store bought, except I think it looks more authentic!
    Flick x

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  4. THat looks great!! I really want to make one now! ;) I hate sewing button holes, so I havent' done one... DuH! I can cheat and just sew the seams closed and put buttons on it!
    I'm so glad you shared this!

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  5. Love your pillow. It actually looks like a Pottery Barn pillow. So, you did a great job with it.
    Love the idea of a big one. Not sure how comfy it would be on your sofa, but it would look great on a bed. Hmmmm, you are giving me ideas.

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  6. your pillow turned out so well!
    i love it! and it looks so much like
    the pottery one! you definitely gave them
    a run for their money!

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  8. Great pillow. I would have never known you painted the stripes if you had not told me.

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  9. You've done a fabulous job!!

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  10. Hi Sam! Thanks so much for your kind comment on my blog! I'm so glad you found me because I just LOVE your blog! I'm your newest follower. :)

    Your pillow is Fabulous!

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  11. I'm a new follower and LOVE your pillow!!! I'm so envious as I can't sew a bit! Come on over and join Boston Bee, if you get a chance. I would love to hear share ideas ;)Alyssa of Boston Bee

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  12. I love this pillow and very happy that you have a Etsy store! I can't seem to cut or sew a straight line even if my life depended on it. I consider you extremely talented!

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  13. Oh I love it!!! All your cushions are always so lovely. I was only thinking the other day that I wanted to give your freezer paper method a go and stencil something onto a cushion and would have to get some tips off you :)

    Thanks for all your lovely comments lately too, especially your kind words last Wednesday xx

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  14. How adorble! I recently made a pillow almost just like this, only with blue! It's so inexpensive!

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  15. Very cute! I love having cute stuff on a budget!

    http://ldsmomtomany.blogspot.com/2010/10/pottery-barn-knock-off-pillows-and.html

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  17. I would love to do something like this...... but when going for burlap at the fabric store I notice it has quite an unpleasant smell..... and doesn't look as nice as the burlap you use. Am I looking at the wrong thing?

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    1. Hi Barbara, I buy the best quality hessian (burlap) available in the uk. It does have a slight smell but not as bad as the cheaper stuff which pongs quite a lot. The smell goes quite quickly with the stuff I use. You probably need to shop around a bit to find one that's good quality. I get mine online as there's nowhere in my area that can match the quality. In the past I've wasted lots of money on mistakes so good luck :)

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    2. Hi Barbara, I buy the best quality hessian (burlap) available in the uk. It does have a slight smell but not as bad as the cheaper stuff which pongs quite a lot. The smell goes quite quickly with the stuff I use. You probably need to shop around a bit to find one that's good quality. I get mine online as there's nowhere in my area that can match the quality. In the past I've wasted lots of money on mistakes so good luck :)

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