Friday, October 22, 2010

Pottery Barn Knock Off Pillows and Pillow Forms

Today I made these 12"x 26" lumbar pillows.

I bought stomach sleeper pillows for 2.50 and cut the end open to remove the stuffing.
On the first pillow I just pulled the filling out in handfuls. Then on the second one I realized the filling was rolled like a roll of quilt batting that was not bonded together and not just blown in. So on the second pillow I carefully slid the filling out of the pillow whole and set it aside.

The pillows started out 26" long and I cut them down to 12" wide. I re-stuffed both pillows with all of their original filling and sewed the ends closed. On the second pillow I re-rolled all of the filling and carefully, but tighter than it was when it came out of the pillow. I carefully slid the filling back in as a unit. The second pillow turned out very smooth unlike the lumpy one in the picture above that I gutted and re-stuffed.

Next I measured and cut out 2 pillow backs 13" x 27" from some laundered drop cloth from the paint section that I already had. ( I washed it with hot water a couple of times to get the stuff it was treated with out and followed by drying the fabric in the dryer.)
Then I cut and finished 2 pieces with button holes for the front.

And then two more for the other half of the pillow front. I layered it together and sewed it together with a straight stitch and a zig zag stitch around the edges to prevent fraying.
I turned the pillow covers and marked where the buttons needed to go on to line up with the button holes.

Amazingly I am into this project 5.00 plus tax since I already had the drop cloth and buttons.

Here is Pottery Barn's version. According to their advertising theirs measures 26"x12" also. The flap is laid over the opposite way from mine and has one more button.


  1. Wow, Cheryl! These are awesome! I hope you will consider linking them up with my Knock-Off Party next Friday, with a picture of the PB inspiration pillows.
    Glad you stopped by my blog!

  2. These are great! Super cute and so simple

  3. Sooo pretty! I've eyed those on PB myself. Love them! You did a great job!

  4. Your pillows turned out great! I love the button feature and the cost compared to PB. This past summer, I used some inexpensive pillows, literally cut them in half and resewed the ends closed, to make some pillows for the backyard. They kind of get flat before they wear out, and this way I didn't care if the weather was too hard on them.

  5. I love seeing who has stopped in! Thanks so much for the comments! :o)