Good morning, and Happy Tuesday! I’m SO, SO, SO excited about this guest post! Lyndsay from The Happy Chateau is here sharing an awesome knock off project (and you know how much I LOVE knock offs (and I also love Nate Berkus … and Target, and this post covers ’em all!!). I’ll let Lyndsay get right to it, but be sure to check out some of her other awesome projects at the end (and then go tell her ‘hello’ at her awesome blog!).
Here’s Lyndsay …
Hello readers from View from the Fridge! I’m Lyndsay from The Happy Chateau. I live in a rental house in the suburbs and I blog about the decorating and craft projects that I make so that our rental house actually feels like home.
I’m so excited to be guest posting today for Katie. I love her fun style, and especially enjoyed the week of Anthropologie knock-offs she did this spring (I want to make my own pillow like this one). I decided to make my own knock-off pillow to share with you today.
Mine is inspired by this Nate Berkus pillow from Target, which retails for $24.99. I only had to purchase less than a dollar’s worth of fabric, making my pillow a steal by comparison!
Let’s walk through how to make your own version of this fringed pillow!
– white or beige fabric, about 1/2 yard depending on the size of the pillow you want to make. I had some white fabric from some old Ikea curtains, so I just used that.
– 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of black felt. Although I love the teal color on the original pillow, I thought black and white would be a graphic punch in my living room.
– thread to match your fabric. I used white thread that I had on hand already
– pillow insert. I just recovered an old pillow that was collecting dust in my craft supplies.
Start off by measuring your pillow. This pillow has an envelope enclosure in the back, so you’ll need 3 pieces of fabric for the pillow plus another piece for the decorative panel on the front. I always allow 1/2″ seam allowance. To make a pillow with an envelope enclosure, you cut out one piece the full size of the pillow, then two smaller pieces. The smaller pieces overlap in the back. Hopefully this will make more sense as you see the pictures of the one I made!
My pillow is 20″ square, so I cut out the following pieces: one 21″ x 21″ square, one 17″ x 21″ piece, one 10″ x 21″ piece, and one 8″ x 21″. The diagram below shows what each piece refers to.
Once all my pieces were cut out, I started working on the decorative panel. I had estimated the panel to be about 2/3 the length of the pillow on my inspiration piece, so that’s how I came up with 8″ (remember that seam allowance). I sewed a seam on the decorative panel on both of the long ends (the sides that were 21″).
Then you make the fringe! I chose to use felt because leather was just too expensive, and the felt is sturdy enough to produce the same look. Cut the felt into rectangles. Mine were 2 1/4″ by 3″.
To make the little tassels, I made a series of cuts in each felt rectangle, creating a fringe out of each piece. Then I folded each square in thirds, ending up with a tassel from each felt rectangle.
I sewed a quick seam along the top of each tassel to make sure it didn’t come unrolled, then I pinned all the tassels on the back of the decorative panel.
Then I just sewed straight down the edge, securing all the little tassels to the decorative panel. I flipped it around and sewed the tassels on the other side as well. Next I pinned the decorative panel to the piece of fabric for the front of the pillow. I sewed the decorative panel to the fabric right along the same side seams, which further reinforced the tassels being held firmly in place.
Almost done! Next I created the envelope closure for the back of the pillow. I ironed one of the long edges of both of the two pieces of fabric for the back (the 21″ side). Then I folded it over the ironed edge and ironed it again to create a clean look. I sewed the ironed fabric for each of the two pieces of fabric.
Time to put this pillow together! I laid the finished front piece down, decorative tassels facing me. I laid the smaller piece of fabric on top of it.
I laid the other piece of fabric for the envelope enclosure on top of that. As you can see, it overlaps with the smaller piece, which creates that envelope enclosure for the pillow to fit through.
The last step is to sew a straight seam around all four edges of the pillow cover. Remember to leave 1/2″ seam allowance! Then turn your cover right side out and put it over your pillow. You’re done!
I put my new pillow on the couch in my living room, where it really pops against some of the other pillows.
I just love how it turned out! The fun fringe detail is playful and the black and white makes it a bit sophisticated at the same time.
As a renter, it’s my mission to add bold colors and textures since I can’t change up my wall colors or floors.
Thanks for reading about my Nate Berkus knock off pillow cover! I hope you’re inspired to make your own!
Thanks for having me, Katie! You’re welcome to stop over to see my blog at The Happy Chateau, or to catch up with me via social media.