Monday, December 12, 2011

$2 Pottery Barn Holiday DIY Pillow

Welcome to our third installment of holiday link parties we told you about our participation in here.  Today’s theme is “Holiday Crafts” and we found our inspiration in a Pottery Barn catalog.  Don’t you love all the holiday pillows they offer like these? 
We both fell in love with this one called the ‘Poinsettia Decorative Pillow.’  Not only was it out of our price range ($29 for just one pillow cover – not the pillow itself) but it also was no longer available.  We loved all the neutral colors and decided we would try to make our own version of this lovely pillow for the holiday times for both of our houses.
Since Kim had some extra burlap hanging around at her place we decided to use this instead of the linen Pottery Barn used.  Since holiday times are extra busy around here we wanted to forgo any sewing so we searched for a DIY no sew pillow tutorial on PinterestWe found this awesome one that basically involves folding and tying the fabric into a cute bow.  Look here for a great tutorialWe both had extra pillow forms or old pillows so we didn’t need to purchase these for our pillow cover. 
We did need to purchase felt and the tiny bells.  As you can see in the pic above, the center of the Poinsettia is in fact miniature ornaments, not bells...there was a slight hiccup when Kmart "ran out" of small jingle bells so we had to choose an alternative.  The ornaments were on sale because there weren't many left and they were breaking fast (we had to do the whole switcharoo trick to get a whole box of perfects), so we got a box of 28 for $2.89.  Only using 7 ornaments per pillow, we can make 4 Poinsettia centers for around $0.75!  We picked up some off-white felt at Joann’s for $4.99/ yard that was marked down to $3.13.  With our 40% coupon, the total came to $3.10 for a yard and a half of the fabric.  
From there all we had to do was cut out the felt into different poinsettia petal and leaf shapes.  We cut them from large to small so that we could layer them like the inspiration pillow.  We used a total of 8 large petals and 4 small. 
As mentioned, we wanted no part in a sewing machine but we did want the cute vein (not such a cute word?) look running down the petals.  We took a small square of burlap and just stitched each petal onto the square and created the center stitch running down the petal as we went along.  It took absolutely no time and was too easy.   We then stitched each of the ornaments (7 total) into the center of our petals and pulled tight for them to bunch together.  After our poinsettia was complete, we anchored it down with a few quick stitches into the small burlap square behind the petals.  
We were so shocked at how much we adored our new poinsettia pillow.  It looks so close to the one that would have cost us $29 for one and we spent under $2 for each one!  Even if you don't have burlap on hand you can find it very cheap usually or you can use any fabric that you do have.  It will still come in well under the $29 Pottery Barn price!
We are so excited to use them with our holiday décor this year.  Check us out on Kate's link party! Any other Pottery Barn holiday inspiration pillow projects out there?  13 days til Christmas!

Pottery barn images found here, here, and here.


  1. This is great! I love those Pottery Barn Pillows too! Thank you for the idea.....

  2. Great job Girls!! Your pillow turned out Fantabulous!!

  3. Thanks ladies! We were just too excited and it works well with the colors already found in our homes!

  4. Love your pillow! I'm a new follower too. Stop by and visit and enter to win my Heirloom ornament for your tree...only 1 day left to enter. Warm wishes, Lori

  5. You are my kind of Christmas crafting genius. :)

    So glad I found your project via Centsational Girl.

    I would love for you to visit Decor To Adore. I am in the midst of a "Gifts You Can Make" series.

    Be merry and bright!