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Make It Or Break It Crafts – DIY Pillow

I have a new series called Make it or Break It Crafts. This is where I show you how to make something that is way cheaper than buying. Today I am sharing an Anthropologie DIY Pillow hack.

Make It or Break It Anthropologie Hack

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?

In fact, I like this so much I have started a new series called “Make It or Break It”. For this pillow I decided to make it. That’s because it cost $330. I spent under $15.

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

Here is the pillow online:

Anthropologie-Pillow

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 just might think it is way 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.

Anthropologie Pillow Hack DIY

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

I included photo of the steps you will need to do this pillow. I used a round jar top for the circle design and an IKEA white pillow cover.

  • I figured 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 and made another outline of a circle. 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.
  • 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.
Embroidery with Yarn

Don’t worry if you 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.

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?

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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57 Responses

  1. Yours is a lot cuter. You are so talented which I’m not!!!!!!! But I would never pay the price that that pillow was. Love seeing the things you make. Have a great weekend

  2. Very cute and I cannot wait to get started. My last project using french knots was probably 30 or more years ago making Christmas tree ornaments, so I hope my skills are still with me as this pillow will be perfect Easter gifts for special friends. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

  3. Leslie,
    You have such vision! Your pillow is really charming. I can see more handcrafted gifts in my future.

      1. Leslie, your pillows are so unique & pretty to look at! My question is there any product that sets the paint set? I’m worried the acrylic paint may run off on my chairs. That would not be good at the Fitzgerald’s house!
        🌷

  4. LESLIE, I love your pillow and especially the price! Very pretty, colorful, and charming. I am not a “crafter” but love to buy others’ crafts. You need to market your pillow and a few other items!

    1. It wasn’t too hard Colleen. Just make sure you get a needle with a big enough eye to thread the blanket yarn!

  5. I’m going to make one of these over the summer when I head up to Maine. I got the buttons for one pillow and the Pom poms for the snowflake pillow. I also picked up a bunch of paint for the pinecone wreath. Lol I may have more supplies but can’t think of them right now. I stay , in Maine for the summer and have plenty of time to craft.

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