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12 October, 2013

No-Sew Pottery Barn Inspired Boo Pillow

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired No-Sew  Boo PillowI am so excited because it’s time for our monthly No-Sew Showcase and this time our theme is Halloween! Once again our group has put away our sewing machines to bring you some fun projects that you can create…without sewing a stitch! Today I am sharing my no-sew Pottery Barn inspired “Boo” pillow!

Pottery Barn Lumbar Boo PillowAs soon as I saw this pillow from Pottery Barn at the outlet store, I knew I had found my next project! My challenge…to recreate it in a no-sew version. And here’s what I did…

Miss KittyMy co-host today, the beautiful Miss Kitty, has the list of things that you need:
  • Burlap fabric (the amount will depend on the size of your insert)
  • Trim to go all the way around the outer edge (once again, depending on the size of your insert)
  • A pillow insert (Mine was a $3.00 down insert from Goodwill)
  • Iron-on hem adhesive (I used Heat n Bond)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Black Sharpie pen
  • Black craft paint
  • Small paint brush
  • Artist’s charcoal
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.

BoooPrint the “Boo” 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 Page 1 Next you will add the graphics to the front of the pillow cover:

1. Turn over the Boo 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 Boo 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 black Sharpie pen, draw in the outline of the letter.

4. With a small brush, paint in the inner portions of the letter with black craft paint. Take your time and work carefully. Set it aside to dry.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Tutorial Page 2Now you are ready to make the pillow cover:

5. Press a 1/2 inch fold on the short side of each of the two pieces of the back cover. Insert a piece of the fusible hem tape that has been cut to the correct length and, following the directions on the package, iron it in place. It is important to let the fabric cool completely and give the tape time to set before you work with it each time or it will not stick!

6. Lay the two pieces so that they overlap and are the same size as the front cover and pin the two back pieces together.

7. Insert a length of the hem tape in between the two back pieces along the bottom and top edge where they overlap and iron in place. I found that I had to iron on both sides of the fabric to get it to fuse well. Once again...let the fabric cool before continuing. You now have a back for your pillow cover.

8. Lay the back on top of the front piece with right sides together and pin them in place. Now cut a piece of the hem tape and fit it in between the back and the front and iron in place. I found it easier to unpin each side one at a time then press on the hem tape and then move to the next section. Be sure that hem tape covers all four edges and corners. Once again, let it cool.

9. Make a diagonal cut at each corner for easier turning. Carefully turn the pillow inside out and press it. I found a few little spots near the overlap in the back that had not fused properly so I just used a little ribbon of hot glue to close them all the way.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Tutorial Page 3Now you are ready to add the trim:

10. Cut a fresh end for your trim and prevent it from fraying by using a little bit of Mod Podge or Fray Block or a similar product. Let it dry. Now you are ready to apply the trim. Starting at the bottom so that it doesn't show, run a small bead of hot glue along the outer seam of the pillow. Immediately add the trim and hold in place until it is secure. Work in small sections for best results. This will not only add some interest to your pillow, but will help strengthen the seams.

11. Work all the way around the pillow and stop when you have about one inch left to cover. Cut the trim to fit and treat the end as you did the before...finishing with a no-fray product and letting it dry a little. Using a small amount of hot glue, secure the last inch of trim to the seam and then adhere the two ends together using more hot glue. It's OK if it's not perfect since it will be on the bottom.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired No-Sew Boo Pillow Now just pop in your pillow form and...taaa daaa! have a Pottery Barn copy-cat pillow and you never sewed a stitch! And...I only spent about $4.00 for the trim with a coupon since I already had everything I needed!  Woo hoo!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Jack-O-Lantern Pillow with Interchangeable Faces Just in case you are wondering, the pillow that you see in the background is my changeable face Jack-o-lantern pillow! My grands love it...and there is even a pocket in the back to store the spare parts! You will find a tutorial here. It does require some sewing, although you could use the same method described in this post to create a no-sew version.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT No-Sew Shirt Pumpkins And if you missed September's no-sew project, here it no-sew shirt pumpkins! You could easily whip up a few of these to add to your fall decor this year. They are super easy and fun to make! You will find the instructions here.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT No-Sew Basket Liners And here is my contribution for our first no-sew basket liners! You will find a tutorial for them here. And yes...we are planning another no-sew showcase for November with a Thanksgiving theme!

Halloween no-sewBe sure to visit the rest of our no-sew gang to see the fabulous Halloween projects that they are sharing with you!

No-Sew Burlap Witch's Hat Barbed Wire Wreath from Amy at Atta Girl Says
No-Sew Spider-Filled Gauzy Mantel Scarf from Barb at The Everyday Home
No-Sew Burlap Silverware Holder from Ann at On Sutton Place
No-Sew Halloween Napkins from Yvonne at Stone Gable
No-Sew Halloween Fabric Art from Suzy at Worthing Court

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my no-sew boo 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 , Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday , 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 , Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays , My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday , 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 , Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special, Tatertots and Jello for the Link Party Palooza
See you next time! À la prochaine!
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  1. Your pillow is so cute, I love it and no sew, wow. Hugs, Marty

  2. Debbie - that pillow is just adorable and you'd never know that it's no-sew. I never thought of using artist's charcoal for transferring an image before. Great idea!

  3. Debbie, I've been waiting for this No Sew! Pottery Barn must be green with envy. I just love this no sew idea... and I think your pillow is BOOtiful! Great job and such a fabulous tutorial! LOVE our group!

  4. Great copycat, Debbie! I saw this at the outlet and thought it was so cute, but I put it down just as quickly as I picked it up after I saw the price. : ) Yours is the same look but more budget friendly!

  5. Your pillow is so cute! Thanks for sharing a great tutorial! The other projects are also great! You always have fantastic projects and tutorials!

  6. I absolutely love it, you did an awesome job!!

  7. Definitely saving this to Pinterest...especially the photo of Miss Kitty!



  8. How great - no sew...... It really turned out great - love it. Thanks for sharing this post.

  9. You are one talented lady with the cutest helpers! But you knows that. :-)

  10. Love that Miss Kitty helped out with another fantastic no sew pillow. I can't wait to try this for the new house next fal.


  11. What a great pillow...I would never guess that it was no sew. Love your co host! ;)
    Kim @ Exquisitely Unremarkable

  12. Great no sew pillow! You did such a great job on this cute! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and share this idea with us.
    Karin :)

  13. Oh my! Yes I need several of those pillows....great tutorial. Love it!

  14. I'm loving you Booo pillow! Who would ever know it was no-sew. LOVE, LOVE the stenciling and black trim!

  15. I have also been experimenting with the stenciling of burlap. Fun, isn't it?!


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