When I finally decided to redecorate my son's neglected bedroom there was only one choice for a theme, Star Wars. He wouldn't have it any other way. I've been dragging my feet on this project wondering how I was going to tastefully accomplish his dreams. Then I found the Star Wars collection from Pottery Barn.
I was so excited to find some pieces that my son wouldn't outgrow overnight and weren't too cheesy.
I especially liked the pillows and knew they were something I could tackle on my own.
Here is the my version I made for a guest post on a knock-off series.
Even though I had bought supplies to finish the room, it has sat untouched all these months.
This week I decided I better get it done before his birthday at the end of the month. I finished all the bedding, including this fun pillow.
With an envelope closure and appliqued letters it was super simple make.
Details make the difference in a good knock-off. The pillow wouldn't have been the same without adding the pick-stitch boarder
This Knock-Off can be easily changed to fit any decor. PBkids is famous for it's personalized accessories. I would love to make one in pink with my daughters initials on it.
To make your own pillow you'll need:
-a printer, paper, a pencil
-outer fabric- 1/2 to 1 yard depending on size of pillow
-white or contrasting fabric
-wonder under or Heat N' Bond
-thread, pins and sewing machine
-pillow form, mine was 20 x20
Step 1: print and cut out lettering
I typed out the saying in a word document. I used the Star Jedi font found HERE (size 190).
After printing the document I cut it out and traced it backwards onto my white fabric that was already treated for applique. Then I cut all my fabric letters out.
Step 2: cut out pillow front and back.
Since I was working with a 20 x 20 pillow, I cut a 22 x 22 square for my front and two-13 x 22 rectangles for the back. What ever the size you make, add an inch for the boarder and and inch for your seams.
Step 3: add lettering to the front.
Using my clear ruler, I laid out my lettering so it would be centered. Once it was all in place, I ironed it down. I put a towel under it so I could iron on my table, since it wouldn't all fit on an ironing board.
Step 4: stitch down lettering
I used a zig-zag stitch because it reminded me of the embroidery on the original. A straight stitch would be easier. Use a short stitch to avoid going over the edges.
Step 5: adding the back
I hemmed one side of each of the back panels. Then with right sides together I places the first panel on top of the front piece. Make sure the finished edges are on the inside of the pillow and your edges line up.
Next I put the second back panel down, overlapping the first. Pin and stitch around the edges.
Step six: adding the boarder
I flipped the pillow right side out and pressed all my seams and corners. Then I used my ruler again with a chalk pencil to draw a line one inch from the sides around the entire pillow.
Next I sewed over the chalk lines first with navy blue thread then again with a double stitch in white.
When your done slip your pillow inside the opening.
* I made my own pillow form using a standard $4 pillow from Walmart. I measured 20" over and cut the pillow in half then stitched up the opening. It was a lot cheaper than any other square pillow forms I found.