Confession: I totally have a love affair with text and word art. Letters, symbols, sentiment – I am really drawn to it as art and decoration in my home. So when I saw this Pottery Barn “gather” pillow I was a little smitten.
It’s perfect for the season, its a great shape and size – and hey! pillows store really well so I could totally make it fit in my (husband imposed allowance of ) 2 boxes of fall decorations. But the price (its high)… and the colors (kind of dull)… and my enthusiasm waned.
The “Gather” pillow sent me off down the rabbit hole of internet searching (please tell me I’m not the only one…) and I found the amazing Land of Nod “Hello” pillow. The blue! The script! Too bad I don’t have a stitch of blue in my home – nor do I have any colors in that tone family to even pretend it works.
Then because of the rabbit hole internet search binge, I found this one. It’s by PillowThrowDecor on Etsy – who WOULDN’T want to see that several times a day? AmIright?
But back to the fallish, Thanksgiving-esque, right colors pillow I decided I needed? If you guessed DIY, you’re pretty brilliant or you’ve been hanging around here for a while…
– pillow insert and velvet camel colored pillow case (form Ikea a million years ago)
– 1 12×12 sheet of the heavy felted felt
– fabric glue + foil or wax paper
– scrap paper for template + silhouette
– paper scissors + fabric scissors
– trim (optional)
Choose a phrase or word and font – a script font works well to help keep spacing aligned but a non-touching font can be used, too. Measure the total width of the pillow case and size your word/phrase accordingly. Print and cut out or use your cutting machine (I used my Silhouette) to cut the word.
Flip the word over and trace on the felt then carefully cut out. Fit to the (empty) pillow case. Line the pillow case with wax paper or foil and then glue the word down.
I had every intention of stitching the word onto the pillow case (hence, the yellow embroidery floss and needle in the picture). Then I remembered how tired I was and how if this project took more than an hour I was likely to fall asleep standing up at the kitchen counter. So I glued. Just keeping’ it real.
Then finish with trim, a pompom on each corner, or nothing at all.
I love that it’s the same concept – but totally fits perfectly into my space. What word would you emblazon on a pillow and what room would you put it in?