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04 September, 2011

A Tutorial: Pottery Barn Inspired Frenchy Pillow

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Monogrammed PillowSomebody stop me! I can’t stop making pillows! Sooo…here’s my latest creation…a Pottery Barn inspired frenchy pillow accented with a bouquet of fabric flowers!

pottery barn1 As soon as I saw this photo on Pottery Barn’s web site, I knew I had to have this one! Only one problem…they don’t seem to sell it! I couldn’t find it anywhere, so I decided to make my own version of it.
(Update: I did find it in the catalog for $39 plus $7 to monogram.)

012 We are working outside this morning since it is a little cooler. However, my co-hostess Miss Kitty seems more interested in the view from the swing set, so I guess I will be going it alone!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Monogrammed Pillow I think theirs is linen, but I used Osnaburg, a cheaper alternative at about $2.50 a yard at Hobby Lobby with a coupon. I cut two 15 x 21 inch pieces for the pillow itself. Then I found a font that I liked for the monogram. I chose this one because it's so...well...vintage French! It's called Paris and only seems to exist on embroidery web sites. I printed it in the size I wanted, colored the back with artist’s charcoal and then traced over it on the fabric. Next, I filled in the outline with fabric paint in a matte white.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Monogrammed Pillow While the paint was drying, I made the flowers. I actually used linen scraps for these because they seemed to have more body. There were two kinds...roses and daisies. The roses were easy. I just cut a 2 inch wide strip of fabric, folded it in half and tied a knot at one end. The size of the flower is determined by the length of the strip, so you can judge accordingly. Next, I twisted the strip, winding it around the knot as I went. Then I secured it in several places with hot glue. The look is a little shabbier and more vintage-looking than the original, but that’s what I wanted. Sorry there are no photos of the flower in progress, but you have to have both hands working!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Monogrammed Pillow The daisies were a little more difficult. They also have a shabbier look than the Pottery Barn flowers…but I think I like it better!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Monogrammed Pillow1.)  For each flower, I cut six 1 1/2 inch wide by 3 inch long strips. Next, I rounded the edges and folded them in half.
2.) Then I hand-stitched along the fold, gathering and connecting the petals as I went and then sewed them together at the ends.
3.) Next, I traced around a small cup to create a circle, hand-stitched around the edges and gathered to form a puffy ball.
4.) Finally, I flattened the ball and stitched in a few creases, then attached it to the petals.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Monogrammed PillowI stitched the pillow, right sides together, leaving a gap at the bottom to insert the pillow form and then turned it right-side out and pressed it. I hot-glued the flowers, following the pattern of the PB pillow as closely as possible. Finally, I inserted the pillow form and hand-stitched it closed. And...taa daa! And best of all...it was free! I already had everything I needed. The scraps of Osnaburg and linen were from previous projects and I had a previously-purchased $2.50 14 x 20 pillow form from Goodwill.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Monogrammed PillowAnd here it is in its new home…my Parisian-style bedroom! I think I like it! It adds a really feminine touch and vintage Art Nouveau look to my chair and goes great with my drop cloth reupholstered seat! What do you think? Did I come close to matching the Pottery Barn pillow?

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my project!  Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Beth at The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Judy at DIY by Design for Sizzle into Summer
Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Jill at French Cupboard for VoilĂ ! French Inspiration on Thursdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays
Honey at 2805 for Potpourri Friday
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Fridays
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
See you next time! A la prochaine!

94 comments:

  1. Hi Debbie,
    Love your pretty pillow. It's prettier than the PB one.
    Love that sweet Miss Kitty too.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  2. This is really pretty, Debbie. Thanks for the tutorial..Christine

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  3. Great job, Debbie!! I love it!

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  4. What a wonderful project! I think your pillow is better than the PB one. I love it! Thanks for posting this tutorial. I bet my daughter could make this!

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  5. You can't make too many pillows. Your pillow is beautiful and thanks so much for showing us how you made it.

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  6. What a gorgeous pillow! It is really sweet~ perfect!

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  7. Debbie, you have really become the crafting queen. It's a gorgeous pillow. Say hi to the staff for me!

    xo, Bonnie

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  8. Debbie, is there anything you can't do? How creative you are! This pillow turned out to be better than the one you found for inspiration. Way to go!
    I don't know if I could pick a favorite of the pillows you've made recently.
    Happy Labor Day! ~ Sarah

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  9. Love the pillow! I think it turned out better than the PB pillow. I'm sure the fact that Miss Kitty supervised also had something to do with it.

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  10. What a little beauty...love everything about your pillow!!! Have a beautiful week!!!

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  11. Love the pillow! What a sweetie with hearts!

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  12. You are no end of surprises and talents! It looks great.

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  13. Clever One, you never cease to amaze me. I think I like yours much better because it does not look factory made.

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  14. Very, very well done!
    Give Miss Kitty snuzzles from my babies!

    xoxo
    Andie

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  15. I love your frenchy design. You are so talented. I've enjoyed looking at your other creations. Keep it up!

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  16. Debbie, you are a genius at copying things you see. I look at it all and don't have a clue. I love this pillow and the flowers are just wonderful. It looks beautiful in your room. Hugs Marty

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  17. Oh it is very pretty....you did a fantastic job...just wait, Pottery Barn will hire you, to make 25000 more of them!! No prob!!!

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  18. Hi Debbie! You are on a burlap roll! I love your sweet pillow and I think it's much prettier than the PB one!
    You're so good. Maybe you need to share with us the vitamins you're taking! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  19. Love it and I think it is prettier than the Pottery Barn one anyway.

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  20. That is "sew" darn cute! can't wait to put it into the top ten this week. I love that your kitties are always in your posts, I added Coocoo this week to mine. I think I'm going to make it a regular thing as well. Mary :O)

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  21. That is another pretty pillow. I love this one too.And it looks so lovely in your French style bedroom in which I love those curtains too. GOrgeous.
    Have a great week.
    Riet

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  22. Beautiful! I love the fabric, monogram and the cute flowers you created.

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  23. Your pretty pillow is is even better than the inspirational pillow simply because it was made with love.

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  24. I LOVE it, Debbie! Don't you hate when they do that? I copied something I saw in a PB catalog once after searching through it three times just thinking I wasn't seeing it. You did a great job and since my last name monogram is a "P", I love it even more! : )

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  25. Wow, Debbie ... I love it! You truly are the pillow making Queen ... thanks for sharing your fabulous tips, too!

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  26. Hi Debbie, please, do not stop. Where can I buy your guest towels?

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  27. Debbie,

    I love this pillow.It's adorable and so is Miss Kitty.

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  28. You are just so talented! I think an Etsy shop is in your future.

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  29. Your gorgeous Pottery Barn copy pillow is the perfect finishing touch for your Parisian-style bedroom. What a great job on the pillow and great tutorial too. Love the curtains on the window........

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  30. Oh my goodness! That is one beautiful pillow! Darn...I wish I could sew!

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  31. Debbie this pillow is gorgeous! I like it much better then the PB one! Enjoy your week! hugs, Linda

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  32. What do I think????!!!!! I think this is stunning Debbie, as good if not better than the PB example. Adding this to my list of blog must do's. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. Fantastique, Debbie! I have admired that same pillow and never investigated it enought to realize that it wasn't for sale. However, your reproduction is soooooo fabulous and so wonderfully explained, that why would anyone want to buy the PB version, even if they could?! You are quite the sewing Plate Addict! Linda

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  34. I agree, I like it better than the PB one also. Beautiful job and thanks for sharing.
    Sandy

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  35. Debbie, You take the prize for creativity and talent for making beautiful things for your home. Everything you make is gorgeous! Hugs and thanks for the tutorial for your beautiful pillow.
    Babs

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  36. Love your beautiful pillow. Looks great in your bedroom.
    Isn't it fun to create something that you didn't have to purchase and it turns out better than the original?
    I also love that baby on the swing set.
    Please come my and see my new pillows on my 8/26 bedroom reveal. I am enjoying pillows just now also.
    Hugs, Ginger

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  37. Debbie, what an incredibly beautiful pillow! You are one creative and clever lady and I wish I had an bit of your creativity! I have missed reading your awesome blog and glad I'm back!

    Nancy

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  38. You are just so talented! The pillow is beautiful!
    I will lift my coffee mug and toast to us tomorrow , the first day of school here!

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  39. Debbie,
    Oh~la~la...magnificient darling!
    Miss Kitty knew you wouldn't need her assistance, so she might as well amuse herself! A vision of loveliness...the pillow and your Staff!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  40. Your pillow is precious. So cute, thanks for sharing.

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  41. A fantastic take on a PB pillow. So fun and whimsical.

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  42. Wow, Debbie! your pillow is AWESOME!!! It looks wonderful on the chair!
    Thank you for sharing how you did it...I will definitely be trying this.
    Enjoy.

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  43. I am visiting from Thrifty Decor Chick, and I must say that your pillow is really beautiful! I think it's better than the PB pillow! :) Great job!!

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  44. It's gorgeous Debbie! That's my initial too!

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  45. Beautiful! It's not my usual style at all, and I'm STILL inspired to try it. :) Great, easy-to-follow tutorial, too. Thanks for posting!

    Tami@still crazy after all these years

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  46. Love it. So beautiful!
    Fondly, Tami
    www.thisandthatfromtami.blogspot.com

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  47. Gorgeous Debbie!! You've done it once again. You're so creative and can do anything!

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  48. Going out to buy some burlap! Love it all Thanks

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  49. Hi Jo...It's not burlap...it's Osnaburg and linen. I'm not sure how easy it would be to make the flowers with burlap. Let me know how it turns out! :-)....Debbie

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  50. That looks absolutely beautiful. Better than the original. Thanks so much for sharing at my Sizzle into Summer party.

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  51. Debbie, you are so talented...beautiful pillow!

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  52. I love this pillow! I did a monogram pillow with buttons but it's lacking something. I think your flowers might be just what my pillow needs! Thank you for sharing.

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  53. I just love your pillow and am amazed at how close it looks to your inspiration piece! So pretty!!!

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  54. This is absolutely fabulous! Thanks so much for showing me how to do it!

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  55. What a fabulous pillow, Debbie! I love it! Great job and I like it better than your inspiration pillow.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  56. I LOVE it Debra! And I think it is WAY prettier than the Pottery Barn pillow!!

    I may have to try this one myself!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  57. Love your pillow Debbie! I have several that are so in need of a new facelift. Actually tossed one of them in the trash as it was so worn out!

    bee blessed
    mary

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  58. Another wonderful knockoff Debbie! You are on a great creative roll! I love it. Thank you for joining TTF and have a fun weekend!

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  59. Oh WOW! Love that pillow. Better than PB. Great job. I am going to try and copy it. Thanks for the directions and for sharing. Karie

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  60. Your pillow is so lovely - much better than the PB one! Oh how I love making pillows but haven't in a month or so. This gets me excited about getting back to it. Thanks for sharing at Thrifty Groove :)

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  61. GF - you hit it out of the ball park with this one. In fact, I love your version a hundred times better than the PB one. I think PB needs to take a cue and create a knock-off of YOUR pillow! :)

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  62. I'm amazed at how beautiful your pillow is!! Great job! And your insturctions are clear and precise. Visiting from French Country Cottage. Have a great weekend.

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  63. Awesome Job on the remake, Super cute! I am always looking at things I can make for my home. Thank You for the inspiration! Kudos!
    B Meredith - Becky's Basket Bags

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  64. This is a wonderful project and you did a fabulous job. As another poster commented, I think your version is even better than the PB, and yours is the best kind of project (and my particular favorite!): Something made from Nothing! Enjoy your new pillow, it looks great in your room. C'est magnifique!

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  65. Debbie,
    You did a great job matching the pillow. Very cute! Thank you for linking it to Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  66. A beautiful pillow, looks better than PB. You are talented. I also like your "team" on the sidebar. Visiting from 2805. xo,

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  67. It's nice to get another looks at this special pillow!

    I am so pleased that you linked to Potpourri Friday. Your participation certainly makes the party more successful . I appreciate you, the most! I hope you will make this one of your regular stops each week!

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  68. This is a darn good knock off! I love the details...they make all the difference. Thanks for linking up to Open House Party!

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  69. You rocked it girl. But then with all your projects you always do. Thanks for sharing- I love all your transformations.
    tammy

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  70. wow..PB should be asking you for ideas...yours is so pretty!...Thanks for sharing!

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  71. Hi Debbie, You can never have enough pillows! I love your newest creation.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  72. Drop. Dead. Gorgeous! It's casual and elegant all in one fell swoop.

    Had to share it on FJI Facebook for SNS 98. :)

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150358659026141&set=a.192514281140.164586.175378011140&type=1&theater

    Donna

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  73. Great tutorial Deb. Beautiful pillow! I adore it!

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  74. Such a pretty pillow! Thank you for the tutorial.

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  75. This is so pretty i love the flower details its absolutely gorgeous

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  76. This is a pillow to be proud of....I love it. What a sweet cat.
    Hugs,
    Ellen

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  77. I like yours better ...thanks for sharing. I think I'm going to try it.

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  78. We liked this so much over at Copycat Crafts that we have decided to feature it today! You can view it here
    http://www.copycatcrafts.com/pb-inspired-french-pillow/

    We'd love it if you'd like to display a featured button! You can grab your button on the right hand side of your post. Thanks!

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  79. Debbie,

    I absolutely love your frenchy monogram pillow, and I think it's better than the PB version. Your flowers are much nicer. Do you make them for others? I'm crafty, but I don't have a sewing machine. Please let me know.

    Thank you, Barbara
    Barbymac1@aol.com

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  80. I love the pillow and am exited to give it a try. Great job!

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  81. I'm jealous about your talents! I have obsession with 3D cushions. I am a verge of buying a sewing machine (don't have one yet). I think I may get the "cushion syndrome" also when I get started. Let's see how it goes!

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  82. What a beautiful project! I am so glad I found it through Pinterest. I've pinned from your site to my board. I'm sure you've been enjoying having this in your home. Megan

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  83. The Pillow came out Awesome it my has my Initial lol
    I think it Looks Better than the Pottery Barn Pillow
    Truthfully
    Lisa

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  84. Oh and by the way I Love Your Babies!! All your cats
    they are such Loving Loyal Family Members
    Lisa

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  85. Great tutorial! I love the white letter on the natural fabric, and the font is fabulous!!!
    Jenna

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  86. Absolutely love the monogram pillow. I have to make one. It will give me just the punch I'm looking for on my bed. Thanks for sharing your techniques.

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie