DIY Chalkboard Art Pillow – Pottery Barn Knock Off

My friend Lindsay from Makely School for Girls invited me to be a part of her Knocktoberfest line up this week. All week long, Knocktoberfest bloggers will be showing you their knock-off creations and sharing tutorials on how to create your own. Sounds like fun, right? Time to don your lederhosen and fill up a frothy mug because this party starts now!

Okay, now before you throw a pumpkin or turkey at me, I know we haven’t even gotten through Halloween yet. I promise to enjoy each holiday, but I absolutely LOVE Christmas and just couldn’t resist making a knock off version of the Pottery Barn All is Calm pillow cover. At $29.50, this pillow cover is quite affordable (but as I type this the website shows that it is on backorder until November 15th). I really wanted this cover NOW. So what’s a girl to do? Make one of course.

pottery barn knock off

pottery barn knock off christmas

For this project you will need:

  • White DecoFabric Marker ($3.75 at Jo-Ann Fabric–use a 50% off coupon. You may need two markers.)
  • Projector, or if you are talented simply freehand (I always use my 3M Projector and love this thing.)
  • 3/4 yard black linen (I bought mine at Joann Fabric while on sale at 40%.)white fabric marker3m projector


Step 1: Cut and sew your pillow cover.

I debated whether or not to share a step-by-step tutorial with you on how to make an easy pillow cover. I learned from the video below so it seemed much more fair to just link to the video! She does an excellent job at breaking down all of the steps for you. Pin for later!

sew pillow cover

Step 2: Create your chalkboard art in a photo software.

Some of the drawing on the pillow will need to be done freehand. I am a horrible artist, so I wanted as much help as possible to get started! I created a similar-looking chalkboard word art using I like Ribbet because it allows you to load your own fonts into their program.

All is calm pillow made in


Step 3: Project image and begin tracing with fabric marker.

I taped my pillow cover to an easel and set my projector on a tripod. Use your white fabric marker to trace the lettering. You will need to refer to the original image to create the embellishments and correct lettering.

pottery barn knock off all is calm pillow

And that is all there is to it! Enjoy your knock off! I am thrilled with how it turned out. And of course I couldn’t just show you the pillow without creating a little Christmas context for all that cuteness to dwell in. Do you see my belted Santa pillow? That “red” pillow is actually a blue and red paisley pillow. I just turned the pillow around to show the back. I grabbed one of my old belts to create the Santa look.

all is calm toss pillow

The chalkboard ornaments were made back in 2010, and I was excited to pull them out and reuse them. You can see the tutorial on how I created them here.

christmas styled coffee table

christmas styled end table

And one more close-up before I sign off! This pillow was really fun and pretty simple to make. I plan to make another one in red for the other side of the couch.

pottery barn christmas pillow

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to hop on over to Gina’s from The Shabby Creek Cottage to see her Knocktoberfest creation. I hope you’ll visit everyone in the Knocktoberfest line-up. I know what many of these ladies are creating this week, and it is some gooooood stuff! You won’t want to miss it.

Monday, October 21
1.  Lindsay – Makely School for Girls
2.  Beth – Home Stories A to Z
3.  Gina – Shabby Creek Cottage
4.  Beckie – Infarrantly Creative
5.  Emily – Decorchick!
6.  Wendy – The Shabby Nest
Tuesday, October 22
1.  Donna – Funky Junk Interiors
2.  Jess and Monica – East Coast Creative
3.  Jackie – Teal and Lime
4.  Jen – Tatertots and Jello
5.  Carmel – Our Fifth House
Wednesday, October 23
1.  Chris – Just a Girl
2.  Lindsay – The White Buffalo Styling Company
3.  Melissa – The Inspired Room
4.  Ana – Ana White
5.  Marianne – Songbird is Nesting
6.  Karianne – Thistlewood Farms
Thursday, October 24
1.  Roeshel – DIY Showoff
2.  Sandra – Sawdust Girl
3.  Jamie – C.R.A.F.T.
4.  Cassity – Remodelaholic
5.  Melissa – 320 Sycamore
Friday, October 25
1.  Ashley – The Handmade Home
2.  Stacy – Not JUST a Housewife
3.  Traci – Beneath My Heart
4.  Brooke – All Things Thrifty
5.  Laura – Finding Home
6.  Sarah – Sarah M Dorsey Designs

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  1. says

    Such a cute project Beth! I never like to spend much on seasonal decor so I think your knock off is super smart and how cute is the belt around the red pillow – thanks for the idea!

    • Beth says

      Hi Kristine! Thanks for stopping by :). I used Channel for the script font but honestly just freehanded the lettering and used the font as a letter spacing guideline. I couldn’t find a font that was any closer to the Pottery Barn one.

  2. says

    Beth, Love it! I can totally relate to wanting it now…the biggest thing that makes me turn away from a purchase is the word backorder. I am pinning to my chalkboard art board!

  3. Kim C says

    Okay, you styled this so perfectly that, at first, I thought your room was the Pottery Barn Catalog! It wasn’t until I scrolled back up to the top to READ the post that I realized it was yours! LOVE IT!

    I have a question for you though. Where did you get the lamp? Was it a DIY? I used to have a set of clear jar
    lamps back in the day when we were first married and I wish I still had them. They were wonderful. Please share!

    AND I’m totally going to make some of the ornaments to send to my sister in NH who just got her first permanent teaching job. They will make a wonderful gift for her. Thanks so much for the great ideas.

    • Beth says

      Thank you Kim :). The lamp was purchased at a store called the Christmas Tree Shop. They aren’t nationwide but might be in your area depending on where you live in the country. It’s a great shop for inexpensive home decor. Congrats to your sis on her teaching job! I’m sure she’ll love her gift :).

  4. says

    There’s so much I love about this project… I will definitely be trying my hand at some festive pillows the season, I just bought a sewing machine this past weekend!

    I also adore your chalkboard ornaments (may have to make an appearance on my tree this year) as well as your ‘B’ mug… I think I need one of those! 😉

  5. says

    I SAW that pillow in my PB catalog and I was wondering how to make one myself. Yours turned out just perfect! Maybe hubby will buy me a projector . . . it IS my b-day soon. Must go do some online shopping! Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. I am pretty much smitten with everything you do here Beth. Big thank you hugs, Patti

    • Beth says

      Thanks Patti :). I seriously could not live without my projector at this point. I use it ALL the time for decorating.

  6. Chrissi says

    Hi. Omg I am super excited to have found ur blog through pinterest. Cant wait until my kids are asleep to go back through your posts. Totally love ur pillow, was just looking at it in the pb catelog. Thanks so muxh for sharing ur talent and idea!!!


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