Make It Or Break It Crafts – DIY Pillow

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I have a new series called Make it or Break It Crafts. Today I am sharing an Anthropologie DIY Pillow hack.

For this DIY Pillow, I am going to show you how to make something for a lot less than if you bought it. This pillow was very fun to make and so much cheaper as a DIY.

Make It or Break It Anthropologie Hack
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A Fun DIY Pillow

Anthropologie Pillow Hack DIY

You all know how much I love to share how to make decorative pillows.

I have a new and exciting way to decide what kind of DIY Pillow I want to make. I find a really expensive pillow online and then make a better version for a fraction of the retail cost.

How awesome is that?

For this pillow, I decided to make my own because it cost $330 to buy. I spent under $15 to make mine.

This pillow is from Anthropologie. I like that it was painted and I love the french knot embroidery. I wasn’t crazy about the colors but I knew I wanted to make something similar.

Here is the pillow online:


My decorative DIY pillow looks like this.

Pink Embroidered Pillow

I know it looks a bit different. But I honestly think mine is cuter. Ok, I think it is way more cuter.

DIY Pillow

If you look closely you can see that I painted a white pillow pink, but left white circles. Then I used Bernat Blanket yarn and made french knots just inside the outside of the white circles.

Painted and Embroidered Pillow DIY

I painted the pink paint very loosely because I didn’t want you to think it is hard. It’s actually painted quite sloppy. If you follow me, then you know I love things that are not perfect.

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What You Need to Make This Craft

  • One Pillow Cover
  • Bernat Blanket Yarn
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Large Eye Embroidery Needle

How to Make a Painted and Embroidered DIY Pillow

Here are photos of the steps you will need to do this pillow. I used a round jar top for the circle design and a white pillow cover from Amazon (see below).

  • It seemed that four circles fit the best in both directions so I found a jar lid that would fit four circles on my pillow. I used erasable chalk and outlined the circles.
  • Next, I painted with pink acrylic paint in the areas that weren’t the circles.
  • At first I painted the circles perfectly but I didn’t like it. So I went back and messed up all of the edges. I think it looks so much better painted loosely.
  • I found a slightly smaller jar, made another outline of a circle and I used an embroidery hoop and tied french knots all along the smaller circle outline.
  • The knots are so easy to make. Because I used a very thick chenille yarn, I only wrapped my thread over the needle once, not twice.
Embroidery with Yarn
  • Just move your embroidery hoop around the pillow to make the knots. I like the embroidery hoop because it holds the fabric tight. It is so much easier to tie a french knot when the fabric is in a hoop.

Don’t worry if your circles are all exactly the same. What makes this pillow look so great is that it isn’t perfect. It’s loose and fun.

Anthropologie DIY Pillow Hack with Embroidery

You can even see that my knots aren’t exactly the same. But it doesn’t matter either.

Adding French Knots to a Pillow DIY

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Here is an overview of the completed pillow. As you can see, it is far from perfect. And I love it that way!

Anthropologie Pillow Hack

Which Pillow Do you Like Better?

It’s fine with me if you like the $330 one better than the $15 one. Hehe.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a French knot?

A French Knot is a very easy embroidery stitch. You make it by winding the thread one (or more) times around the needle and drawing the needle back through the material near or at the point where it came out.

How do you do a French knot step by step?

You make a french knot by winding the thread one (or more) times around the needle and drawing the needle back through the material near or at the point where it came out.

Pink Embroidered Pillow

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  1. Dear Leslie,
    In the items listed to make your pillow the pillow covers are 20×20 and the inserts are 18×18.
    Just checking before ordering the wrong size insert.
    Thank you for all your beautiful and doable ideas and crafts.
    You inspire me every day.
    Best wishes,
    Connie Doekel

  2. Your pillow is really so much cuter…even the pink pillow stands out and makes the circles so cute….

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