Pillows for Sale?

It seems last week’s herringbone pillow tutorial was a hit, so I’m back with a follow-up of, you guessed it, more pillows. 

About a year ago, I created this pillow to resemble our house.  Simple and cute, I think.  I don’t think this has popped up in any photos, either, so I thought it was time to share. 

The most difficult part was creating the siding, keeping it even and straight.   To recreate the siding, I used a linen looking cotton and folded it to create pleats.  Then I used felt and fleece to add the detail of windows, doors and plants.

Now, I know these pillows have made a brief appearance in the past, but no explanation has been given.

When we turned the nursery into a big boy room the first time, I make a V monogrammed pillow to go with the new look.  

I cut my letter out of the fabric, leaving a 1/2 inch allowance on all sides.  To get clean edges, I folded the 1/2 inch over and used hem tape to glue the edges.  I pinned the V in place and hand stitched a zigzag all around the edges using embroidery floss.  The pillow cover is an envelope closure with buttons keeping it tight.  See the little elephant pillow?  I found an outline of an elephant online, printed it to size, traced the design on my fabric and embroidered the design using a back-stitch. 

For a little more pillow talk, how about these beauties over at Urban Outfitters?

I love the texture of these!  I feel confident that I could recreate the Ruffle Maze pillow and the Tuxedo Ruffles Curved pillow, but I have no clue how to make the texture of the Hand Quilted Velvet pillow

Now, onto the title subject.  I have considered adding pillows to my Etsy shop, would you like to be able to buy my pillow creations?  I don’t think I can accommodate custom orders at the time, but I would like to have a nice selection available.  However, I can’t justify sewing a million pillow covers for myself, so I would love to know if people out there would like to order something.  Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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11 thoughts on “Pillows for Sale?

  1. I think this would be a great addition to an Etsy store. You could keep just a couple on hand. Maybe sew one when you have free time (ha) and add it to the store as you go. You’re always coming up with something creative so this could be a nice outlet without feeling like it has to be incorporated into your own home. I love making wreaths but I can only have so many in my own home 🙂 Might as well try to sell them, but if they don’t sell, no big deal cause I had fun trying something new.

    1. Thanks so much for the encouragement! If I were to add some pillows, what colors would you like to see? Size and style preferences?

      Let me know and I’ll get things started…

  2. You never cease to amaze me with your knack of re-creating expensive pillows! Some of your creations serious;y would intimidate me! Thanks!

  3. I think all of your pillows are so cute…I can’t wait to see how you recreate the ruffled ones. 🙂 I love your blog, I read it all the time. 🙂

    Lorie

  4. I’d want the herringbone and the felt dod pillows. You could always make a few and wait until they sell to make more. For colors….maybe cream, tan, beige, brown….really all boring colors, but they might be plain enough to match a lot of different rooms. Maybe take a poll….my living room is beige (walls), brown (sofa), and white (trim), but we accent with pillows and vases to change the colors of the room.

  5. What would the price range be?
    I would be interesting in buying zip up pillow covers that way i could save a few pennies by using pillow forms i already own.
    Maybe you could have the option of buying the cover versus having it filled?

    1. Hi Andrea,

      I’m thinking like $10.00 for a simple envelope closure pillow cover. Just a basic piece of pretty fabric sewn into a cover. More intricate covers will be a little more expensive because they are much more time consuming. I wasn’t planning on selling inserts becuase you can pick them up so cheap and it’s not worth shipping them… If you’re looking to order any pillows, please e mail me with a color and style preference and I’ll see what I can accommodate.

      Thanks!
      Amanda

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