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.
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%.)
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!
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 Ribbet.com. I like Ribbet because it allows you to load your own fonts into their program.
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.
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.
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.
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|