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17 May, 2012

Address Pillow with Vintage French House Numbers

I have a fun and easy DIY project today…a pillow sporting my address (or yours) in vintage French house number plaques!

011 It was a beautiful afternoon, so the staff joined me outside for the photos…and Baby Kitty took full advantage of the nice weather for a quick game of “Lion King” among the junipers! He does look regal, doesn’t he?

french-house-numbers If you follow my blog, you know I seem to have a thing lately about French house numbers like these

French numbers …and these

046 …and I even made my own version of the hotel/apartment number plaques! But, alas, both kinds are expensive and hard to find. In France, you have to get them from the mayor’s office to match your address. And the online suppliers are all out of the country and their plaques are costly!

french number blank 2-tileSooo…I decided to make my own version of the house numbers as well and add them to a pillow. Here’s what I did:
First, I made a blank version of the plaques. Now all I needed was to add my house numbers! I used the Modern No. 20 font because it looked the frenchiest to me. Then I flipped the numbers so that they were backwards and printed the plaques on iron-on transfer paper. My printer allows for creating mirror images or you can use a photo editing program.

Next, I cut out the numbers and ironed them on according to package directions. (One piece of advice…iron until you think it’s enough and then iron some more!) I used some drop cloth  left-over from another project, so my pillow was all but free!
Then I drew lines for the stripes I wanted to add, edged the lines with duct tape…although painter’s tape would be fine. I just seem to have lots of duct tape! I filled in the lines with fabric paint…a half and half mix of soft black and navy to match the plaques.
I finished it with an envelope enclosure (directions here) and popped in a down insert from Goodwill…under $3.00.

041I have four numbers in my address, so I arranged them in a checkered pattern. You could use any shape pillow and any pattern that works with your address.

044And here it is! I plan to move it to the front porch later when I find the just right bench or little chair, but for now it is on my patio! And..hey!…I got my French house numbers at last…and without the hefty price tag!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my French house number address pillow! 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
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Beth at The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Anita at Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up on Tuesdays

Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Judy at DIY by Design for Swing into Spring

Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Honey at 2805 for Potpourri Friday

Heather and Vanessa at At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
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!


  1. Oh Debbie, it looks fabulous I love it. You have really got this image transfer thing down pat. Fabulous idea. Hugs, Marty

  2. Love this! I am hooked on numbers too. Thanks for showing us this. I can't wait to give it a try.

  3. Debbie,
    What a charming little pillow...LOVE IT!!


  4. Beautiful, Debbie! I love that you used dropcloth to make this pillow, too. It really makes for a nice background to show off the numbers.

  5. Dropcloths make such great pillows...your's looks wonderful! I see a 7-7-2-8 pillow in my future...thanks for the great idea!

  6. Debbie, that is the cutest thing evah! You are so creative. I still don't know how to do all that printing stuff.

  7. so cool, Debbie, what can't you do?? You have the best ideas!!

  8. It's almost time to rename your blog to Transfer Addict! I keep wanting to try this, but haven't. Such a clever idea, with the house numbers! Go, Debbie!

  9. You are so talented! Love the look of this pillow! Great job as always my friend! Love Baby Kitty! Hugs, Linda

  10. Great pillows!! Your design is exactly what I have been looking for....thanks so very much for the great tutorial, too!! Blessings!

  11. GREAT job on the pillow. Your transfers are wonderful! xo Diana

  12. Debbie, you are always coming up with a new idea. This is so cool! Love the blue on the drop cloth. Though it's not possible to pick a favorite among your projects, this one is really calling out to me. Love pillows!
    Thanks for sharing another terrific idea. ~ Sarah

  13. Clever gal Debbie, I love the look :o)
    Rose H

  14. I learn so much from your tutorials! Thanks so much for sharing!!! Back from Mexico and now getting ready for graduation party/first Mass @ home parish in 2 weeks =:-O

    Pam in Indiana

  15. Such a great idea and they turned out beautifully!!!!

  16. You are BRILLIANT.. I love your pillow. wow wow. and WOW again:)

  17. My goodness Debbie,
    You are the most clever and talented!
    I love it, and it surely is an original! You could make and sell your pillows big time!

  18. Hi Debbie,
    I love your number pillow. It's so pretty and very clever.
    Baby Kitty does look very regal.


  19. I love it! You really outdid yourself this time! I have 5 numbers in my address...what a bummer!


  20. You are so clever with your French numbers. This was a great project. Love the blue.

  21. Love 'em, Debbie, and the price is definitely right! Linda

  22. What kind and color paint did you use on this chair? The chair with the pillow looks great!

  23. Wonderful idea!! I pinned this -- I can see making these for my son and daughter-in-law -- one for everytime they move :)

  24. I love, love, love your pillow``` I am addicted to pillows, LOL, I am always making new ones and, like you, my storage closet is just getting really full. I have been trying to learn how to do transfers, but I can not seem to get it right. Your pillow came out gorgeous!

  25. I love what you're doing lately over here!

  26. Your French # pillow is fantastic!!
    I love the cobalt blue on the natural canvas - lovely!
    Can we use the blue blanks that you show or is it a copyright thing?

  27. Debbie,
    Baby Kitty looks REGAL, indeed! Playing "Lion King", truly a feline activity...but you, my dear friend, are the "Creative Queen"! Each post, I am amazed at your talent in re~creating what your heart desires!!! You are an inspiration to us all!

  28. Hi Rhonda...Of course, you are welcome to use them! So glad you like them! :-)...Debbie

  29. Cute pillow, Debbie...Baby Kitty looks right at home peeking out of the junipers!

  30. Debbie, your pillow are perfect, wish they were on my porch.

  31. Deb, You are amazing! Love, love!!

  32. I'm in love with that pillow. Only 24 days until school is out and I can do all the projects I am seeing. This will be in the first week.


  33. Hi Debbie, I love all your projects but this one is fabulous. Love the pillow! I do love all those French House numbers. Your little helper is enjoying the great day I see.
    Hope you have a great week.

    The French Hutch

  34. Debbie, your pillow is stunning! I love those French plaques too. I had no idea they were that hard to come by!


  35. That pillow is absolutely fabulous! Just love it! And I'm a huge drop cloth fan too ...



  36. This is amazing! What a great idea! I love these French numbers too. Thanks for sharing a great tutorial! Your pillow is fabulous!

  37. B O O M...your pillow is awesome! You did a fabulous job and thanks for your terrific tutorial too.

  38. I am using this great idea for my patriotic pillow for the front bench. I think it will look fabulous over a red stripe! THANKS.

  39. Loved your staff =^-^= They really help us a lot <3


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