I love Pottery Barn pillows. But ~ I can't always afford or justify spending
what they cost ~ even at the outlet prices.
So, I decided to create my own knock-off of their "Holly Branch Embroidered Cover" and because I used a lot of what I already had around the house,
it cost me under $5 to make.
I found this photo from last year's Pottery Barn Christmas catalog and copied it as closely as I could, not having actually seen the pillow in person.
For the pillow fabric, I used a prewashed painter's drop cloth. It was a little stiff for doing embroidery, but the thickness gives it lots of body and durability.
I started by tracing faint pencil lines for the main branches. Then I made paper patterns for the holly leaves and pine cones, which were made from wool Goodwill sweaters that I had felted a few years ago. I guess there are
advantages to never throwing things away after all.
The rest is hours and hours of hand embroidery. I worked on it mainly while
watching TV in the evenings and through one very close and tense
college football game last Saturday.
It's been years since I've done any embroidery work, so the stitching isn't the best,
but I had fun and it works for me.
I finished up the pillow with self-cording to dress it up
a little and a zipper for easy removal.
It has found a nice home on the club chair with my newly purchased Pottery Barn chenille throw. They make a cozy and comfy pair.
So now, my favorite living room chair is ready for some Christmas chilling.
I'm a mother of one "out-of-college" daughter, inheritor of one cat,a dog and four chickens, full time medical secretary, gardener, painter of furniture, fixer-upper and handy woman around my house, passionate about decorating, lover of flea markets and yard sales, restorer of old things, but most importantly, a daughter of God. Blogging is a way to journal and share my life, passions, and journey with anyone interested enough to follow along.