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You Are My Sunshine Pillow {Anthro Knock Off #6}

May 2, 2014
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We’ve made it!  The final day of Anthropologie Knock Off Week.  I, for one, am completely exhausted!  It’s been such a fun week, but WOW! a bit of a whirlwind!!  On top of this challenge, my ‘nesting’ instinct has taken over, and I’m on a mission to get this house ready for a baby (any day ..).

Matt even told me that he thought he was nesting when he decided to stay home from work Monday morning and clean out and organize our entire entryway closet (with no request or hinting from me whatsoever!!). And, lemme tell you … it was the best thing EVER!!

When I saw this pillow on Anthro’s site, I fell in LOVE!  I knew I wanted to make this pillow for my boys’ new Shared Big Boy Room (that is taking forever to complete, by the way).  ‘You Are My Sunshine’ is one of like three songs I sing to them at night or nap time to help them fall asleep.  If you know me (in person) I’m a terrible singer, and in the car my boys yell ‘NO NO NO” most of the time when I sing out loud, BUT they seem to like my version of this song.  It’s kinda our thing since I won’t sing to them if anyone else is around (except Molly … she’s allowed to enjoy endure my singing).

So … here are the details to MY version of this pillow:

SUPPLIES (for a 20″ square pillow):

  1. Fabric of your choice (I like home dec / canvas weight for pillows) cut into three pieces:
    1. 20″ x 20″ square for front (I used this striped fabric for the front)
    2. Two pieces cut to: 14″ x 20″ for back overlapping panels (I used plain white canvas for the back)
  2. Bias Tape Maxi Piping … enough to cover all four sides of your pillow.
  3. Iron On Transfer Paper for light fabric (if your pillow fabric is light … obviously).
  4. Pillow insert (use a 40% off coupon to get one from JoAnn).
  5. Iron
  6. Printer
  7. Usual sewing supplies (thread, machine, etc)


STEP 1:  Design wording and play around with size.

I ended up using a font called Market Deco (get it here) at 120 point.  Once you think it’s close to the right size, print it on regular printer paper, cut out words and lay out on front pillow cover piece to determine if it’ll work:

Anthropologie Inspired 'You Are My Sunshine' Pillow  |  View From The Fridge


STEP 2:  Once you’re happy with the size of the text, print it out onto your transfer paper according to the instructions.

You will have to flip (mirror) your text and then print.  Since I could NOT figure out how to do this in word or in my printer settings (and I was loosing patience trying to figure it out), I ended up ‘printing’ it to a pdf.  Under the printer options for Adobe, it did have the option to mirror text.  I then printed the PDF (with mirrored text) onto my transfer paper.  I’m sure most of you can find an easier way to do this (in fact, I’m sure of it!).

STEP 3:  Cut out each of the words and lay in place on the fabric.  I used a line of tape to keep a straight line across the fabric.  Then, I taped on each word where I wanted it.

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STEP 4:  Iron on words according to transfer paper instructions.

TIP:  Make sure to iron entire transfer paper area (not just where the actual text is).  For each of the taped on words shown above, I started to iron one side (away from the tape), then as that started to stick, I pulled off the tape and ironed over the entire rectangle.

I went row by row, moving my tape line down each time.

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STEP 5:  Place, pin, and sew piping in place on this front piece.

Sewing on piping is pretty simple.  Just lay it out around the edge of your front panel.  The piping should be towards the inside (with the flat bias tape part towards the outside):

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Sew around flat part of piping (as close to the round part as possible) attaching it to front pillow panel.

STEP 6:  Sew pillow together.

Follow detailed instructions here to create an envelope pillow cover.  You’ll want to lay your back panel pieces down first … right sides UP.  These pieces should be overlapping in the center so that they make a square the same size as your front piece.  (Also, you’ll want the overlapping edges hemmed … see tutorial for details).  Then place the front piece face DOWN onto the back pieces.  Now, right sides of all pieces should be facing.  Pin all pieces together.  Then sew around pillow following the stitch you just made from sewing on the piping.


Anthropologie Inspired 'You Are My Sunshine' Pillow  |  View From The Fridge


Now stuff with a pillow insert …

Anthropologie Inspired 'You Are My Sunshine' Pillow  |  View From The Fridge

And place in the new ‘BIG BOYS’ ROOM’:

Anthropologie Inspired 'You Are My Sunshine' Pillow  |  View From The Fridge


Oh wait … the room is EMPTY and not quite ready for furniture {still}.  At least it has a fancy new pillow, a rolled up IKEA mattress, painted and sealed floors, and almost painted walls.  Making progress … slowly!!!

The pillow does look nice on our new ‘pickled’ wood floors, though, huh (more on that to come … eventually)?

Anthropologie Inspired 'You Are My Sunshine' Pillow  |  View From The Fridge


And that completes the week!!  If you missed any of my Knock Off’s earlier this week, here’s a recap:

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Tea & Crumpets Apron

Pipe Trim Oven Mitt

Sailor’s Mirrors 

Gold Desk Organizer

Mont Royal Striped Pouch

You Are My Sunshine Pillow

Whew.  And now I’m done with Anthro for a while … (though I do have a gift card burring a hole in my pocket).

Now … be sure to stop by and check out all these ladies’ DAY 6 projects below!  Stop back for a recap and link party tomorrow!  WE WANT TO SEE YOUR ANTHRO KNOCK OFFS!!!

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Don’t forget … tomorrow … recap … link party … and closure to this craziness!!

Oh yeah, Happy Friday, too!


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  • Reply Megan Walker May 2, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Love the pillow! I think it’s sweet you sing that song to your boys when they go to sleep : )
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  • Reply Melanie {Reasons To Skip The Housework} May 4, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    There’s nothing I’m more obsessed with than quotes on pillows! These are gorgeous! Would love to see you link this up over my Skip The Housework party!
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  • Reply Elina P May 5, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Very cool project!! Nothing is better than finding a piece that you like and being able to make it yourself!!
    Stopping by from the Turn it up Tuesdays Linky Party to say Hi!! :)

  • Reply Julie May 6, 2014 at 3:02 am

    This is a lovely cushion and I especially like how it just finishes that room off nicely!
    Seriously though, it’s lovely and very do-able with your instructions. I’ve never worked out flipping words in Word either, I usually do things like this in publisher or powerpoint (sounds funny to use powerpoint but it is very flexible and you can just print the pages so I use it less for presentations and more for everything else!) You can just flip the text boxes then which is easy peasy!
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  • Reply Cranberry Morning May 6, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Who is Anthro and why is anyone on the planet paying their extortionist prices??? The knock-offs are way more sensible. In this horrible economy, who can afford or want to spend their hard-earned money on such outrageous prices. Love your projects!
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  • Reply Allison Lambert May 6, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Wow! I LOVE this. I’m not very crafty, but this seems easy enough that even I could do it! We are in the process of selling our house, and I can’t wait to make this when we find a new home. Thanks for the awesome idea and tutorial! :)
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    • Reply Katie May 6, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      Thanks so much, Allison! It was easy. A little time consuming on the individual ironing on of the words (I’m pretty impatient, however), but SUPER easy!
      Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!

  • Reply Adrienne May 6, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    This is so cute. I’m wondering what brand of iron on transfer you used? have found some to be super plasticy. Come on over on Thursday and link up. Pinning.

  • Reply Mindie Hilton May 7, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Awesome pillow. This song always makes me think of my grandma. She use to sing it to me.
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    • Reply Katie May 7, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      That’s sweet, Mindie! I hope my boys remember me singing this to them! Thanks for the party last week! Hope you’re having a good week this week!

  • Reply Dana@chocolateandsunshine May 7, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Visiting from your Cook it Craft it Share it Party tonight!!
    Love this pillow so much!!! As sunshine is a part of my blog title, I really need to get my crafting/sewing thing going and copy yours. I doubt if I can improve upon it, so I’m going with your genius and hoping to get it done.
    Happy to have found it and you. Much happiness with your new baby, too.
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    • Reply Katie May 7, 2014 at 11:02 pm

      Thanks so much, Dana!! It was an easy project! Good luck if you attempt! Thanks for stopping by both the party and this post! Have a great night!

  • Reply Jenni S. --DigitalEraMom May 8, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    This is SO cute! That song is really meaningful to my son and I, as well, and I love the project. I think I’ll definitely need to make one of my own! Thanks for the inspiration!
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    • Reply Katie May 8, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Thanks so much for the comment, Jenni! Too bad my boys can’t read to know that that’s what it says yet! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Carmody May 9, 2014 at 6:41 am

    You are so clever! I love this pillow and your Son will too. P.S. I like it better than the original.
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  • Reply Nancherrow May 9, 2014 at 7:08 am

    What a sweet pillow for your boys! Love that you did it for such a steal too. Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


  • Reply Antionette Blake May 10, 2014 at 12:51 am

    Really, there are pillows that sell for $198??? Thanks for sharing and linking up with us again at the #WWDParty.
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  • Reply Diane May 10, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Okay what is transfer paper, from like Office Max, of from say places like Hobby lobby, or Michaels? I have been looking for something to do for project I want to do and I have found so many I am now confused. I want something that is soft, not hard, so that rules out modpodge (sp). Then regular transfer paper like for Tshirts is stiff. Then there transfer fabric and I don’t know about that one. As I have done a pillow case with a full image with the transfer paper and it is stiff. Any Tips?

    • Reply Katie May 12, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      Hi Diane,
      I use the Jolee’s transfer paper from Michael’s (or Joann). It is designed for T-shirt transfer, but I didn’t find it to be too plasticy. Maybe because I cut it up into small pieces and just kept enough of the plastic for right around the words. After I washed it once, it seemed to be plenty soft. The backing disappeared in most places around the letters.

      Hope that helps! Thanks for the questions. Have a great week!

  • Reply Amy @ So There. by Amy May 11, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Wow! This looks so great! Awesome job! :)
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Jocelyn@Brucrewlife May 11, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Such a fabulous knockoff!! Actually, I prefer your budget friendly pillow! :)

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  • Reply Ariean @OneKriegerChick May 13, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Hi Katie! Hope you’re having a great week…It’s no secret I love everything you create. I’m featuring your You Are My Sunshine pillow tonight at the Hit Me With Your Best Shot Party! Can’t wait to see what you link up this week!

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    • Reply Katie May 14, 2014 at 12:28 am

      Hi Ariean,
      Thanks so much for the feature! I stopped over to check it out tonight, and then got distracted with something (or some kid, more likely) before I could leave a note! Stopping over now …

      Thanks again!!

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    Love this! Sharing on my FB page! Thanks for linking it up at Monday Funday!

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      Thanks so much, Katie!! Thanks for the great party and for sharing this pillow! Have a great weekend!

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    Katie is pillow is amazing! I love that saying and love even more how much money you saved!! I am featuring you on the Get Your DIY On Linky Party-Knock Off Projects! You can view all the features on the blog today!
    I hope you’ll join us on July 6th to link up your Summer Fun Projects!

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    Love that pillow diy!
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    • Reply Katie July 15, 2014 at 11:56 am

      Thanks so much, Amanda!!

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