Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Copycat Party-PB Inspired Pillow

The party is ON at Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing! 
She's hosting a holiday copycat themed party, where participants create something 
for Christmas that was inspired by something seen in a magazine, or catalog etc.

Drum roll please ;)
Ta Da!
My entry was inspired by the pillow below that that was part of a collection of pillow covers from
 When I saw these pillow covers I thought about it and decided I could make my own version.
You can easily make your own version too!
All you need is a bit of fabric, 
(I used some natural colored medium/heavy weight muslin), 
some paint, a print and an iron-on transfer.  

The transfer part is really important because I discovered that there are several types of transfers out there!   The brand I used is made by "Next Style" and was purchased a Wal-Mart
like shown above.  It has a "Cotton Fabric" finish. 
the type that says "light fabric" finish in the same brand name 
because it has more of a plastic like finish and looks funky 
not to mention also melts easily if you accidentally touch it with a hot iron after it's applied. 
I learned it the hard way!
So you see, I in no way pretend to be an expert on doing transfers 
but this is the method I used and maybe you know of one that may be even better!  
If so please DO share:)

First cut out the fabric in a rectangle shape, then take some masking tape to create the red stripes.  I used  acrylic craft paint.  I mixed a couple different shades of red to get just the right shade I wanted. after the paint dries "SET" it by pressing it with an iron.
I decided that I would also add ruffles to the sides of my pillow for my own personal touch.  Plus I just thought their version just need a bit more pizazz!  When the pillow is all sewed up, take the iron on transfer image cut all around the edges of the image very CAREFULLY with a very sharp pair of scissors, 
then apply according to the transfer instructions.

So what do you think?  
I like how it looks here in my guest room.

I also left the other side with just plain stripes 
so it could also be easily turned over and used after Christmas.
  I decided to move it into the living room for the holidays though since I have a red and white theme going on in that room.  I also brought out some other red and white pillow that I also made before... 
Do you remember them?  
They don't actually have a Christmas theme but I liked how they looked anyway.

Close up shot.
Maybe you might remember this Victoria style tabletop terrarium also,
it was originally painted green... see.
Now painted in snowy white it makes a charming centerpiece along with these large red vintage glass ornaments, vintage ironstone dish, greenery, crocheted lace runner, wreath shaped cast iron mold, and potted amaryllis.
 One last look with my other red and white table and vignette from my last post in the background.

I had so much fun with this copycat challenge because I'm always trying to find things that I can use as inspiration to create something similar at a fraction of the cost.

Now let's hop on over to Debbiedoo's to see what inspires those other copycats!
Oh what FUN!!
  "Debbiedoos Blogging and Blabbing"

 Thanks for joining me and please leave me a comment
I'd love to hear what you think!

Happy Holidays!
Sherri :)

Also linking to
 "Metamorphosis Monday"
"Tabletop Tuesday"
"Wow Us Wednesday" 


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This is so beautiful, Sherri! You did such a great job on this copycat project! I am a fan of ruffles so I like yours much better!

Visiting from Copycat party! : )

Debbiedoos said...

Sherri You rocked the house on this one! I absolutely love it, and I want to make one now LOL. thanks so much for sharing with the party. Have fun!

Desire Empire said...

So creative. My favourite bit of the pillow is the red stripes. Looks great with your red and green Christmas decor. Popping in from Met Monday

Helen's Decor said...

Hi Sherri, I agree with Debbie and Kathy! I was just seeing theses PB ones last night and almost ordered a few! Your pillow is fabulous. Thanks for sharing it. Helen

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

I am amazed! It looks beautiful and - honestly - yours is prettier than the PB version.


Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

I have been admiring those pillows from PB, too. Your pillow turned out great and looks wonderful on your bed as well as in your living room. Your vignette on your table looks fabulous, too.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing this great project.

Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Wow! I'm so impressed with your pillow! What a great copycat! Even better than the original :)

June said...

LOVE-LOVE-LOVE!!!!!!! This pillow turned out so awesome Sherri! I can't wait to try that transfer method. I have a few things I want to do myself.
Your Christmas decor looks so lovely again this year. I have been decking the halls a little today too.
sending hugs...

Anonymous said...

You did a fantastic job!!! I also lusted after those PB pillows and tried a transfer and it turned out goooeeeeyyy, in the trash with that one!!! Never thought of painting the rock!!! Will try again....

Ricki Treleaven said...

Sherri, I saw the little robin redbreast pillows in PB, and I wanted one so badly! I love this copy cat. You did an amazing job! :D

I am linking from Debbiedoos.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Sherri, I LOVE this pillow! I think your version is MUCH prettier than the original....beautiful!!

Lou Cinda

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

I am a new follower!

Lou Cinda ;)

Anonymous said...

I'm seriously in love with that pillow, what a great job you did. Did you have to cut out every single piece of the graphic image? Like the sharp little bird bill and everything? I want to try this so badly, just want to get all the info :) I found your link at Between Nap's Met Monday, thanks for sharing with us.


Farah said...

Hello Sherri ... I came here via Wow Us Wednesday and so happy to find you and going to be your new follower too ...
Is really transfers the red strip to the fabric as you did ... it looks so artistic ... I never try this method but give it a rough try to day .... Its really creativity that you did...
Happy if you come to see me at
with love from

Farah said...

I am going to pin them
Happy if you come to see me at
with love from

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love those PB pillows and they are gorgeous in person. Your copycat came out great.

Simply Cornish said...

Wow, I am so impressed with your copycat PB pillow. Thanks for the "how to" instructions. I just might try this one. Loved the idea of painting on the stripes and then ironing to set. I like the added ruffles.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

You are so talented. Love, love, love the pillows. I must get busy this year and get some made.. hugs ~lynne~

Barb said...

Hi Sherri, you did a great job. They are so adorable.

Hope your holidays are going great!

Hugs, Barb

Ali Manning said...

Your pillow is fabulous - I think it looks better than the PB version because of the cute ruffles. Happy holidays!

AntiqueChase said...

I love this idea and it looks so fun! Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog because now I have found you!!

Sarah said...

Love your pillows. How clever of you. Thanks for sharing this idea.
Happy holidays ~ Sarah

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

I love it more than the original one. The addition of the ruffles makes it even prettier. Thanks for joining my party and Happy Holidays to you.

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