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08 December, 2013

A Handmade Christmas...Pottery Barn Inspired Jingle Pillow

I am excited to join the Scoop on Creating a Handmade Christmas today…and share a little project that I have been planning for a while…my Pottery Barn inspired jingle pillow!

Pottery Barn Lumbar Jingle Pillow If you know me, you know I am a big fat copy cat! Sooo…as soon as I saw Pottery Barn’s Jingle Lumbar Pillow, I knew I had found my next project!

Baby KittyWe have had nothing but rain here and I’m afraid that my staff is getting bored, so a fun little project will be just what the doctor ordered!
Here’s what you will need:
  • Burlap fabric (the amount will depend on the size of your insert)
  • A pillow insert (Mine was a $3.00 down insert from Goodwill)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Red Sharpie pen
  • Red craft paint
  • Small paint brush
  • Artist’s charcoal
  • 7 large jingle bells
Cut the front of the burlap pillow cover 1 inch wider and longer than your pillow cover. My pillow insert was  13 in. x 20 in. so I cut the cover front at 14 in. x 21 in. Next, follow the directions that you find here to measure and cut the pieces for the envelope-style pillow closure for the back.

jingle Print the “jingle” graphic above in 8 x 10 size. I use Photoscape (a free download) so that I can more easily control the size of the graphics.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Tutorial for Lettering on BurlapNext you will add the graphics to the front of the pillow cover:
  1. Turn over the jingle graphic and thoroughly cover the back of the word with artist’s charcoal. You are creating your own carbon paper.
  2. Find the center of the cover front and pin the jingle graphic in place, with the charcoal side facing the burlap, centered and equally spaced from all sides. Then trace around the graphic, bearing down relatively hard and filling in the solid sections as well. I found that a ball point pen worked best for this. When you have traced and filled in all the letters, remove the paper.
  3. Using a red Sharpie pen, draw in the outline of the letter. This gives you a little margin to work with when you start to paint.
  4. With a small brush, paint in the inner portions of the letter with red craft paint. Take your time and work carefully.

Flourishes Then if you wish, using the Pottery Barn photo as your guide, add a few flourishes to the graphic to complete the look. Let it dry. Then, following the instructions found here, sew the back pieces to the front, turn inside out and press…and your pillow cover is ready to add the final touches!

Just hot glue the jingle bells into position as in each corner, dotting the i and the j and at the tail of the g. You may sew them by hand if you prefer. Then…pop in the pillow form and…taaa daaa!…my Pottery Barn inspired jingle pillow! I love it! And…it adds to the farmhouse Christmas look that I am going for this year…

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Farmhouse Mantel …like my farmhouse Christmas mantel! The wreath and the stockings were all handmade as well. You can see more, including a link to the tutorial for making your own cuffed stockings, by clicking here.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Salt Shaker Snow Globes And I have also shared my easy and inexpensive salt shaker snow globes…more farmhouse fun! Wouldn’t they make cute little gifts?  You can see how I made them here.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Easy and Inexpensive Handmade Gift Ideas And if you would like even more ideas for easy and inexpensive handmade Christmas gifts, just click here. I am sharing a few of my projects that would make great gifts…and are easy to make while being easy on the budget as well! There’s a little bit of everything here…from no-sew to light sewing, some painting, a little cutting and gluing and some iron-on transfers! I have to say that there’s nothing like getting a gift that was handmade…it really makes it extra special!

And you will find lots more inspiration for a handmade Christmas on our blog tour! Just click on the images below to be taken to the blogs listed. Be sure to come back later as the links will be updated each day for more handmade inspiration!

Friday December 6

Saturday December 7

Sunday December 8

Monday December 9

Tuesday December 10

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my jingle 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!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party , Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday , The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday , Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday , A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday , My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures, Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays , The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays , No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays, French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday , Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays , The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday , Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday
See you next time! À la prochaine!

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  1. You are so talented, Debbie. I always love seeing what you do!



  2. I love this pillow, how fabulous and fun is that. Hugs, Marty

  3. This is wonderful, Debbie! You are the best copycat! : ) Love how you even added the flourishes like the PB one.

  4. You create the best pillows, Debbie- love it!

  5. Fabulous job, Debbie! Just perfect! Loving all of your holiday decor. :)

  6. Debbie, I saw there pillows on the PB site last night and my first thought was, Debbie will be making one of these. You are so talented! These are adorable. If I smy sewing machine worked, I even try this one. Maybe I should ask Santa to bring me a new little Singer. '-) Always enjoy seeing what you are making. Happy Holidays…….Sarah

  7. I had to really search where to comment but it was worth it because this is a fantastic copy. I could do this. You make things looks so easy while copying really neat things.

  8. The jingle pillow is the best holiday pillow I've seen! And your mantel is fabulous!

  9. Debbie, you are such a favorite! I love learning from you and looking at your photos. You are truly such a great talent! Love the fireplace's wonderful! the best I've seen!

  10. Love your knockoff pillow... it would go great with my knockoff Peace Love Joy Pottery Barn knockoff. Too cute!

  11. Very nice Debbie! I love this pillow, as I do all of your projects. So when are you changing your name to pillow addict, and how many pillows do you have now?

  12. I love your jingle pillow!!...and your mantel too!! I love Pottery Barn and I keep all their catalogs to get ideas for my home.

  13. Debbie,
    Great PB copy! You did a fantastic job, and it looks great with your farmhouse theme. My post with the Eiffel Tower book covers, following your directions, is live now.

    I am so honored to be on The Scoop on Creating a Handmade Christmas tour with all of you talented creative ones.


  14. You always have the best pillows!!! It looks amazing, nothing short to the PB one. And do you live with a tiger??? That picture of your cat was gorgeous.

  15. So cute! I love the added bells.

  16. Who doesn't love a great PB knock-off! Great job!

  17. I love it, Debbie. It's identical to the real thing!

  18. Debbie, you are so smart! That pillow is just adorable! And your mantel always looks gorgeous for Christmas. Great idea with the s/p shakers too. laurie

  19. I love this, totally adding it to my to do list, thanks for sharing!!

  20. Another successful copcat! Love the bells as that finishing touch. I want to do a PB knock off of a red PEACE pillow cover that I saw in their catalog. I need to get busy! It's was fun being on the tour with you...Happy Holidays!

  21. I love this pillow! You did a beautiful job, so wish I had some burlap laying around to make one of these!

  22. You must have a million pillow covers! I love them ALL!

  23. Your pillows are always just beautiful! I can't wait to try your simple for seasonal pillows! Merry Christmas, friend! ~Christy

  24. Wow your pillow is gorgeous!! And your mantle looks so beautiful! Sharing this on facebook to :-)

  25. I love your mantle (and everything else too!)!!! Where did you find the gorgeous ribbon on your wreath?

  26. This is so good, love this! Thanks for sharing this.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


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