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31 May, 2012

Pottery Barn Inspired Birdcage Pillow

Somebody stop me! I made another pillow! lol I do seem to have a thing about them…and you can use them to make easy changes to your decor each season!

birdcage pillow PB This time my inspiration was this wonderful collection of birdcage print pillows from Pottery Barn. They are reproductions of a trio of paintings by Laurie Rohrbach. Of course, the blue one is my favorite. And, as luck would have it, they are on sale, but the blue one is no longer available. Sooo…I decided to make my own!

birdcage blue watercolor best transfer
I started with a wonderful vintage birdcage graphic from The Graphics Fairy, gave it a blue water color look using PhotoScape, and then layered in her lovely canary graphic that I altered a bit. Thanks so much, Karen, for the fabulous graphics you so generously share with us! I flipped it for you so that it can be printed on iron-on transfer paper. Just follow the directions on the package. I used a cream twill for the front and a cream burlap for the back, finishing it with an envelope closure so that I can reuse the pillow.

002 Once the pillow cover was finished, I added some trim from my ribbon stash. First I used yellow grosgrain ribbon for the outer edge. Theirs had a light blue flange, but I chose to simply attach the ribbon using fabric glue. I mitered the corners for a more finished look.

trim Then I added an additional stripe of light blue ribbon around the graphic…also using fabric glue to hold it in place.

BK Finally, I popped in a down insert from Goodwill…a fabulous bargain at $1.51 since it was the 50% off color of the day! Baby Kitty seems totally unimpressed by my work, preferring the real birds outside the window instead!

page And here they are…Pottery Barn’s pillow on the left and mine on the right. Not bad for virtually free since I already had everything but the insert! I decided to flip the trim colors and to use just one birdcage instead of two as in their version. It looks a little less crowded to me.

028a And here is a final look! I think it looks so crisp and summery! And it’s my favorite colors, too! I think I am really going to enjoy this one!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my birdcage 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

Karen at The Graphics Fairy for Brag Monday
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

Debbie at Debbiedoo’s Blogging and Blabbing for the Copycat Challenge
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest 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!

63 comments:

  1. My gosh! I CAN'T tell you to quit when you are making such GREAT pillows. I LOVE this one and the yellow is a sweet touch- xo Diana

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  2. This one if my favorite of all time Debbie!
    Brilliant girlfriend, you could easily sell these if you ever get too many! hehe.
    Really and truly yours are better than PB.s!
    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  3. Oh I love it. Another one for me to copy. Thanks.....

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  4. You need to sell these online... they are soooo cool!

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  5. Beautiful, Debbie! I love these birdcage pillows and yours is a great copycat! Love the trim you added, too. Gave you a shout out the other day ~ I did the artichoke tea towels for my Mom when I went back to NY to visit and she loved them.

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  6. As I commented on facebook...I love yours even more! What a cool idea. I didn't understand the whole printing thing but I'm going to save it and when I get ready to do one I'll read it a bit more carefully and perhaps send you a question or two or three...lol. You're a genius! I just love your blog and these Pottery Barn inspired goodies you create!

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  7. You are just incredible! I like your version so much better than PB's because, as you said, the design looks less crowded. I have never tried the iron on paper, but you've inspired me to give it a try someday. And isn't fabric glue just the handiest thing?

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  8. Wow! I love them! Your right, great for the season.

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  9. Stunning. you never fail to amaze me with your talent...

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  10. Wow! I am impressed by your sewing skills AND your computer skills to get the image how you wanted it for the pillow. It is just a wonderful pillow. I have gone to envelope pillow covers like you have for the same reason...less storage space needed (and less pillow forms). I saw your post over at Debbie Doos Magazine Copy Cat Challenge.

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  11. I like yours better than PB's. You just never quit getting inspired and doing something about it! It's great!

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  12. wow, your pillow is so much better than the pb version- they should be copying you! :)

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  13. This is so fun. I love this. Hugs, Marty

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  14. That is absolutely beautiful!!! You are just so talented and creative Debbie and I like it tons better than the PB one. :-) Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!
    Vanessa

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  15. Debbie, you need to start an Etsy shop, I'd buy everything...honest!!! you create the most amazing things. and this latest pillow is gorgeous!!!

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  16. Deb, that looks great. You are a pillow producing mama.

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  17. I just think you have some awesome skills there Debbie! Too bad you could not mass produce your pillows, because they would be flying off the shelves! Thanks for sharing with the magazine copy cat challenge! LOVE it!

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  18. You are the pillow master! I love the color combinations you've chosen.

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  19. Debbie, this one is the best one yet. Can't beat the yellow and blue for summer and you're right, I think PB's too crowded and yours looks much better. I have a new blog and a question for you. Can you come visit me and tell me what I have purchased at GW? Don't know for sure if it's flow blue or now, but I thought if anyone could tell, certainly you could, Thanks, Debbie

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  20. Magnifique, Debbie! That's a really lovely pillow! Just like there is no such thing as "too much ice-cream", there are never "too many pillows", right?

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  21. Lovely! I like your version better than PB's.

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  22. The pillows are beautiful. The bird must be realistic, the cat is waiting near by. Smiles, Susie

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  23. What a great pillow, I would have thought it was from PB! I love the ribbon, matches the little bird on the cage. I love changing seasons with pillows. Such an easy way for a new look. Like you I have tons of pillows.
    I see Baby Kitty approves of the new look!


    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  24. Deb I actually like your pillow better than PB!! You did it once again, knocked it out of the park. Kudos to you my dear friend, Love you,
    Kathysue

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  25. Bravo!, Debbie! Another winning design! I AMGoing to do this some day! And the Graphics Fairy is truly an angel!

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  26. Another pillow..another reason I wish I lived next door to you for the overflow..haha Beautiful as always.

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  27. love it, our home is filled with birds, nests, and bird cages

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  28. so awesome...as always! i have been seeing these (have you been to katie's rose cottage? she does a lot of awesome tutorials like you and she sells lovely items at reasonable prices) and wanting one! now i will have to make one since youngest DD has a canary named 'audrey' after audrey hepburn. have you seen the pillows at joss & main? i think you got me going to that website. they have wonderful french laundry pillows. there is a linen one with a blue stripe...just like the table runner you showed us how to make. i finished my last week before the graduation party and DS first Mass this weekend. lots of family and friends will be here! that and my little cloche from your tutorial. THANKS for your inspiration. a bientot! (cannot figure out how to do the accent marks--please don't lower my grade!)

    Pam in Indiana

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  29. Debbie,
    Each pillow is a masterpiece...at a fraction of the cost! You've got a good thing going...don't stop now!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat
    P.S. He is so~o~o handsome...Baby Kitty, of course!

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  30. i definitely like your version better...beautiful! i don't think birds ever go out of style!!

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  31. Love all the pillows! I may try some this summer when school is out!

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  32. I love your pillow. Its awesome that you could make one and don't have to pay Pottery Barn prices!

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  33. Another beauty! Love the blue with yellow accents.
    Hope you are enjoying beautiful days out in your garden. ~ Sarah

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  34. What a cute pillow cover! I like yours so much better then the pottery barns version!

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  35. Debbie, I love pillows too. Question: Do you do anything to sanitize pillow forms you get at Goodwill? I'm always a little leary of buying something like that there. This one is really beautiful!

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  36. gorgeous! I have a pillow obsession (aka problem) too. I started selling mine so it's under control....for now. I love what you have created. beautiful.

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  37. You can never have too many throw pillows! Your pillow turned out so beautifully!! I love it. ~ Jamie

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  38. Wonderful pillow! Wow, you can give PB a run for their money! Don't stop making them, they are awesome!

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  39. Wow...Debbie, I'm so impressed. That is just gorgeous!

    Your orange kitty looks so much like my Marmalade! :)

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  40. You are truly the Princess of Pillows or the Queen of Cushions. Why even think about stopping doing something you're so good at?

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  41. I certainly like the Pottery Barn pillows, but yours are much better I must say, best finish of the image, better color, and its just perfect, but must special you did it yourself and that's where the heart is. congratulations, I love your pillow.

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  42. Wow I love that, isn't Graphics Fairy wonderful? I 'liked' you on Facebook and followed you on linky followers. Please link this post with me at Wow Us Wednesday, ok?

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  43. Gah! Beautiful!
    I'd love for you to come link it up at my party going on now! http://www.salttree.net/2012/06/open-call-tuesdays-7-giveaway.html#comment-form

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  44. You are amazing. Pillow looks wonderful!

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  45. These are absolutely beatiful. The colour of the ribbons bring out the bird and cage so perfectly. I am obsessed by birds and cages I can't get enough!

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  46. Love love love your pillows!Wish you sold them!

    I am *especially* fond of the green birdcage one - oh my word.

    Let me know if you want to "part" with it! ♥ ♥ ♥

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  47. Oh my goodness! Your pillow turned out just beautifully! I absolutely love it and am inspired to get my sewing machine out! My throw pillows are so worn and tired. I needed this inspiration!
    Thank you!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,
    Amanda

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  48. Gotta say, I like yours better than PB's. Love the name of your website too. I am also a plate addict. Come from a long line of plate addicts.

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  49. Just as many others have commented, the first thing I thought was that I love your pillow way more than the PB ones....I envy your design and sewing skills! Beautiful.

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  50. You knocked this one out of the park! I adore the graphics, and whatever you do, don't stop making and sharing fabulous things :)

    Hugs, Tanya

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  51. I like your version better than the Pottery Barn original! Great job!

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  52. I would love it if you would share this post on the Waste no Want Not Wednesday @ Pretty Shabby UK! I really think my readers will enjoy it!

    http://prettyshabbyuk.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/waste-not-want-not-wednesday-1.html


    Many Thanks

    Dawn @ Pretty Shabby Uk

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  53. After scrolling down for what seemed an eon I think you can safely say we all love your birdcage/canary pillow.
    I was so awed I couldn't think how to save it for a minute. Then you also provided the graphic for the transfer already. Thank you so much. That is so incredible I'm so happy. I'm a bird nut and a big fan of Graphics Fairy so making that pillow is going to be a highlight for me.
    Just have to get sewing machine working again. Might just have to get less favorite one out if I'm too impatient. Thanks so much for showing us how to make this. Awesome girl.

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  54. You never cease to amaze me. I will be featuring this project tonight at my Swing into Spring party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and grab an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

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  55. Wow, love it. Looks better than the original.

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  56. Oh I love ... Thanks to share !

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  57. I love the blue bird cage is it for sale and if so how much. Thank you. Dee:)

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    1. So glad you like it, Dee! No...I have decided not to sell any of my projects. I am my own worst critic and would worry about imperfections! Thanks so much for your interest, though!...hugs...Debbie

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  58. Very lovely bird cage and bird. I would love some of those, so long as my cat doesn't mistake them for the real thing!
    -Jon

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  59. Love it. I need to copy it for my bed. I already have a birdcage pillow that I found at Marshalls (brown with a white birdcage) and the color will be perfect. Love when things speak to you like that.

    Thanks,

    Karen
    www.kehinteriors.com

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