I love a good copy cat project !
I love to take a product that inspires me and
try my hardest to make one just like it or at least
very similar to it.
Plus, I love the challenge of making it more
I was perusing Pottery Barn several days ago,
and saw one of their pillows, and knew I just had to
give it The Everyday Home #HomeHacks try.
Here is my version….
PB-Inspired Stenciled Flag Pillow
I think Pottery Barn has some ah-mazing pillows.
I have several of them throughout my home.
When I spotted their Sweatshirt Lumbar Flag Pillow –
– it inspired me to challenge myself to create
my own version.
I didn’t have any extra sweatshirt fabric lying
around, but I did have some leftover linen from
another project. I also had red and blue craft paint.
All I needed was a pillow insert.
A trip to Hobby Lobby with a 40% coupon
solved that issue.
The pillow insert I purchased was 12″x20″.
I measured and cut the front of the fabric so that it
was about 1/2″ larger than the insert,
all the way around.
To create the Flag design, I grabbed some painter’s
tape. I started out by securing the fabric panel
down at each corner with the tape, to prevent it from
sliding around while I was stenciling.
I used more tape to create the outer perimeter of the
flag design. Then, using some red craft paint and
more painter’s tape, I started stenciling the stripes.
You know how you usually burnish the edges of
the tape so that the paint does not bleed under?
I didn’t do that this time. I actually wanted the
paint to bleed under so the edges looked
uneven and raw. So I applied the tape “loosely.”
Once the red stripes were completed,
it was time to work on the blue square and stars.
Again, I used the tape to block off this area.
I drew stars that were very uneven and almost
primitive in appearance on the painters tape,
then cut them out.
Some blue craft paint and a few swirls of the
stencil brush later…I had completed the
rest of my flag.
Now, on to sewing my pillow together.
I cut the back panel I had previously measured
and cut out that section into two halves.
Then, I sewed a 1/4″ hem along each inside edge
of each panel half.
Once each inner edge was sewn, I laid the stenciled
flag panel right side up, then placed each back half
panel, right side down, on top of the flag panel.
I used straight pins to secure the three panels together.
I always point the pins pointy-end out.
I can sew right over the pins without even taking
them out. My Mama taught me this little trick when
I was a little girl, learning to sew for my 4-H project.
Then, it was a matter of simply sewing around
all four sides. Before I turned the pillow right side
out, I made sure to clip the corners so I would
have more perfect corners.
Once the pillow was turned right side out, I stuffed
it with my insert, and what started out as an
inspirational pillow from Pottery Barn, turned into…
I am happy with how it turned out. It’s the perfect
pillow for my front porch rocker.
You could also use painter’s drop cloth as your
background fabric. I actually love how drop
cloth stencils and holds its shape, too.
If you wanted a “cleaner” look, I would suggest you
burnish the edges of the tape onto the fabric by
rubbing the edges down several times.
This should help prevent some of the seepage.
But, the “messy” look was exactly what I wanted.
What do you think?
Does my pillow look almost as good as my
Pottery Barn inspiration? 🙂
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