What's the project everyone suggests when you start sewing? "Make a pillow!" What's the number one way to quickly freshen your home décor? "Make a pillow!!" And, what's the best way to get chic designer style for a fraction of the price? "Make a pillow!!!" We put together a series awhile back with our friends from Fairfield Processing to show how easy it is to create the top pillow looks for less. They do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and when you can imitate for less plus add your own special spin... all the better. We searched the web to find trend-setting luxury pillows from a range of high-end outlets, such as Anthropologie®, Neiman Marcus® and Horchow Home®. The options ran from $150 to $2000! And not a single one of them couldn't have been made by you! The cool grommets and bold stripes of this nautical style pillow was one of our favorites.
For our final day of pillow week with Fairfield Processing, we've delved into the category of Word Pillows. Again, this is a style we saw multiple times in our high-end searching. The first order of business is to find a typeface that lends itself to the appliqué process, then to come up with a single word or a very short phrase that can be large and in charge on your pillow front. We provide a free downloadable template for our nautical-themed "Ahoy!" script, but there are a few billion other words out there to use. For fonts, you can check what's available within your own computer's word processing program or search online for free and paid font options. And, just as you'd need a smooth, clean surface for handwritten calligraphy, your Word Pillow also needs a good foundation. We're using a 20" x 20" Home Elegance™ insert: it has a dense softness that provides the perfect finish for what we want our pillow to say. Your fun fact for the day: Alexander Graham Bell preferred those answering his invention do so with the word, "Ahoy." The first telephone operators actually used this term. As with all out knock-offs this week, we used top quality, brand new components for today's pillow... didn't dip into the ol' stash box even once! Yet we still came in well under $50, saving $100+ over retail. See our pillow inspiration after the jump.
Today we're working "on the edge." Whether it's piping, fringe, poms or tassels; the simple addition of a trim around the edge of your pillow is a well-known designer technique. A big trend this season is a solid pillow in a light or white shade trimmed with multi-colored tassels or poms. The number of trims to choose from these days is really stunning. We have a great tutorial that reviews the main trim categories and how to use them. This week, we're also learning the facts about pillow foundation from our friends at Fairfield Processing, the makers of Poly-fil® plus a full range of pillow inserts and quilt batting... all the best "soft stuff." Our samples use their Home Elegance™ collection, the most elite and luxurious down-alternative pillows available. They use a siliconized micro denier gel fiber, which helps give you that super plush, professional result. The forms are non-allergenic and the product quality is always unconditionally guaranteed. At first we were a bit worried we'd be able to find trim to simulate the popular multi-colored strands of the designer pillows. We were prepared to make our own by buying several solid color strands, cutting them apart into small sections, then stitching them back together in random order to create our own colorful DIY strand. But, it turns out, the first store we walked into had multi-color poms right there on the shelf. Score! Though we saved a ton of time, the multi-color trim was a bit spendy and so boosted the final cost of our knock-off. Yet even using the best quality, brand new components, we still came in at almost half the price of Anthropologie®. See our pillow inspiration after the jump.
Another designer technique we came across again and again as pillow private-eyes is what we dubbed: the Wrapped and Embellished pillow. This is the style we've knocked off today. The idea is to start with a plain base pillow, then accent it with a unique highlight fabric, securing that accent with a bit of bling. We found a beautiful burgundy taffeta at a local chain retailer that was pre-embellished with pretty little pinch pleats. In this case, the fabric does the heavy lifting, providing built-in texture and beauty for the base. For our wrap, we chose a Millinery Netting gathered into a floral burst and secured with a rhinestone button. Our Fairfield Home Elegance™ pillow form completes the deal. The Home Elegance collection has a full compliment of square pillow options (14", 16", 18", 20", 24" and 26") as well as two rectangular options: 12" x 16" (what we used) and a bed pillow size at 20" x 28". We found a range of inspiration for this knock-off, from $150 to $235 each. To create ours, we used the best quality, brand new components (no stash stealing) and still came in under $35, saving up to $200 over high-end retail. See our pillow inspiration after the jump.
In our pillow perusal over the past weeks, the style we came across most often by far was the simple, square pillow. It's a style so easy to make, you could almost do it with your eyes closed... if it weren't for the stitching-over-your-finger part. The main challenges are finding a great fabric, then fussy-cutting that fabric to best showcase one or more dramatic motifs. However, neither of those things is really that much of a challenge. We located one of today's fabrics at a local chain retailer and the other at a small independent shop. The only difficulty: picking just two favorites from their large selections. Fussy-cutting isn't hard either; it simply takes a little patience and precision. We have an easy step-by-step tutorial. When a pillow is as basic as these, the insert is more important than ever. The Fairfield Home Elegance™ pillow inserts are our choice for the entire week, and we couldn't be happier about that. They have a 100% cotton, 300-thread count jacquard cover filled with a special 100% polyester gel fiber. The result is an exceptionally plush textured pillow with a high-end designer look and feel. These are the most elite and luxurious down-alternative pillows available. And, thanks to their super cushy inside, you can get that high-end, karate-choppable look. We used the best quality, brand new components (no stash stealing) and came in under $50 for the large pillow, under $20 for the smaller pillow; pretty slick savings over retail. See our pillow inspiration after the jump.
What's the project everyone suggests when you start sewing? "Make a pillow!" What's the number one way to quickly freshen your home décor? "Make a pillow!!" And, what's the best way to get chic designer style for a fraction of the price? "Make a pillow!!!" Welcome to a new series with our friends from Fairfield Processing, the makers of Poly-fil® plus a full range of pillow inserts and quilt batting... all the best "soft stuff." Today is the first day of a week's worth of pillow "knock-offs" – showing you how easy it is to create the top looks for less. They do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and when you can imitate for less and add your own special spin... all the better. We searched the web to find trend-setting luxury pillows from a range of high-end outlets, such as Anthropologie®, Neiman Marcus® and Horchow Home® among others. The options ran from $150 to $2000! And not a single one of them couldn't have been made by you! As with anything, you need to start with a good foundation. Our foundation throughout this entire week will be pillow forms from Fairfield's Home Elegance™ collection: their most luxurious choice for lounging. Our first pillow is based on a trio of designs we came across at Horchow Home®. We call this category: Cool Hardware and Embellishments. To create our knock-off, we used the best quality, brand new components (no stash stealing) and came in well under $50, saving nearly $180 over retail. See our pillow inspiration after the jump.