Creations, Winter Knock offs

Have you seen all the wonderful winter pillows available this year?

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Pottery Barn, $50 & $55 [originally $70] for just the cover

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My daughter fell in love… ” I bet I could make those~” I said…[visualize head smack here]


So off I went, thinking no problemo!

Okay here’s the problemo…

Fur ain’t easy to sew…nope, it’s not much easier than trying to sew the fur running around on a live version.ย  It slips, it sheds, it’s thick, it clogs your machine, and generally makes for a long afternoon…


After struggling through pillow #1,ย  I got smarter


this might have taken a while…

winter pillows

Instead of making pillow #2 with adorable Santa’s whisker white trim, I made a pillow back with the Santa’s whisker stuff…not quite the same look, but sooooo much easier ๐Ÿ™‚


By pillow #3,ย  I turned into a genius!ย ย  No fussy fabric, just stitch and go!

Pottery Barn inspired pillows

But I tried


And I learned that sometimes things come from unexpected places…


I ditched the sewing machine, took the rest of the fur, and used an iron-on heat bond strip to finish the edges.ย  I ended up with an awesome fur table runner

faux fur runner

which to me is so much cooler than the impractical place mats that I totally fell in love with at Pottery Barn~

fur mats

that HH said would be like eating on a cat…

Now the good news is that DD has a giant dog and a 20 month old, so if someone asks why her pillows look wonky, she’s got a built in excuse ๐Ÿ™‚

Pottery Barn knock offs

I did discover that maybe $50 isn’t too expensive for a fur trimmed pillow after all…

Sorry there is no tutorial, the red pillow was/is truly a hot mess that I was able to salvage just a wee bit with some hand sewing…

if you have a fancy machine with lots of pro attachments this might be easy peasy, but I don’t and it wasn’t and I won’t subject you to the carnage…

I’m still vacuuming up fur, and fuzzy bits…

and I’m sorta missing that awesome gray sweater I cut up…

and DD is probably wishing she didn’t have a cheap crafty mom and that I should have just bought the pillows…

but where’s the fun in that?

Sorry Kim, I know you are cringing…please visit Kim over at Curtain Queen Creates, she has awesome sewing tutorials for everything!

AND, Happy Thanksgiving!


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20 Responses to “Creations, Winter Knock offs”
  1. Mary says:

    Jenna, I’m chuckling over your hubby’s description of those placemats, “like eating on a cat”! I wasn’t sure how I felt about those PB placemats when I saw them. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m a no-sew gal and ALL about some fuse and bond or Stitch witchery! Wishing you a cozy and happy Thanksgiving weekend!

  2. Emily says:

    Jenna, Haha, I love that comment about the cat! Yes, I have seen all the gorgeous pillows in the shops but I think Iโ€™m pulling out my old ones this year with so little time for DIY projects now. I need to think and plan earlier. I will certainly bookmark this post, I would love to try it. Love your dining room!
    Happy Thanksgiving

  3. When I was in my mid-twenties, I made a faux leopard coat. (That was at least back in the Stone Age!) My poor little Singer portable had to go the sewing machine doctor for a major cleaning out and tune up! Wait for the markdowns at PB!

  4. Lynn says:

    I love it! “How hard can it be?”, yep, I think we’ve all been there… As long as we’re keeping things real… My oven just caught on fire! Yep, went out to check on things and almost had a heart attack!!! So I guess I’ll be most thankful this year that the house didn’t burn down! Happy Thanksgiving Jenna, have fun with the kids:@)

  5. My sew and even no sew days are done!:-) I know I would not have attempted it.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Jenna!

  6. Lily Lau says:

    Hahaha, good job for all your effort, Jenna! You must be proud (and I mean MUST) about your creations, and DD surely is too for saving those $50 ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Kim says:

    Oh, my goodness. These pillows are gorgeous! Great job – and you say sewing is a challenge…I don’t think so! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. lulu says:

    You are too much! Taking an idea and making it your own yielded great results. You are right about there being lots of great looking pillows around.

  9. Such a cute post! I love your pillows AND the table runner is lovely! I have been crushing over the PB fur placemats. I bought a fur throw and sewed my own today! I paid $20.00 for the throw – so, it was more affordable. I made a wine cover with the leftovers – too cute!

  10. Robin~AllThingsHeartandHome says:

    I love these soooo much! Thanks for sharing, I’m featuring them at the next Twirl and Take a Bow and pinning ๐Ÿ™‚ ox

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