How to make Pottery Barn Number Pillows

April 19, 2011

Pottery Barn used to sell these cute number pillows. They were $99 for a set of 4 pillows.  I surely wasn’t going to pay that price, so I made them myself.  This is a simple project that only takes about a hour to complete. 

Pottery Barn Number Pillows

My number pillows

 I used painters drop cloth for the fabric.

Just put the pillow on the fabric and cut about 2 inches past the edge of the pillow, down each side.  Then wrap the fabric (top to bottom) around the pillow leaving about a 5″ overlap. Pin the fabric inside-out & sew away.

Flip it right side out. Voala!

I used card stock to make the number template.

I printed out the numbers from photoshop (with a very light color, so I wouldn’t waste ink). I used the Bodoni font.  Im thinking it was around 1000 percent or so?

I cut them out with a paring knife. (very carefully)

Then I stamped the stencil with fabric paint.

I let the pillows dry overnight then flipped them inside out and ironed them for about 30 seconds to set the paint.  As you can see in the picture below, I didn’t want solid numbers.. so I stamped them lightly to look more distressed and used.

I love creating copy-cat decor, without having to spend a fortune. Do you have any copy-cat decor to share this week?

What projects have your been working on this week?  Link up and show us your glam. I kindly ask, if you are going to link up, please add my blog link button to your post.  There are no rules to linking up.  Go crazy!!  πŸ™‚

32 comments on “How to make Pottery Barn Number Pillows

  1. Misti says:

    Love it! I may have to give this a try!

  2. Thanks for hosting. Nice pillows! I love re-creating decor in less expensive ways.

  3. Mary says:

    I love your blog! I see you are a fellow Shaklee distributor/LOVER(YAY!), a decorator, mom and VERY creative lady! It’s so fun to ‘meet’ people with the same interests you have. Thanks for the great idea on the pillows! They are AMAZING!!! πŸ™‚

  4. Ooooh I love the pillows! I’m so glad you posted this I didn’t know about this kind of fabric paint. I’ve been looking for a way to paint on fabric a certain way and this helped me a lot! Also as always thanks for hosting another great party!

  5. AliLilly says:

    WOW! Your pillows are fantastic!! The way you have them all set up in your living room looks like it’s straight out of Home Decor GQ mag! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for hosting! πŸ™‚

  6. Mrs. Zwieg says:

    That is a very cute idea! And those pillows look just right in your living room! Thank you so much for hosting these linky parties! πŸ™‚

  7. Toni says:

    Yes. Drop cloth is cheap and great to use for slipcovers and pillows. I got that tip from miss mustard seed. Im going to be covering those striped chairs in slipcovers soon. I cant wait to show everyone. πŸ™‚


  8. Justine says:

    I love how your pillows turned out! I would love to try and recreate them! I just need to learn how to use my sewing machine first! : )

  9. Pjjunker says:

    I keep thinking that I’m going to try making some of these…now maybe I will!

  10. Your pillows look great! I love number decor.

  11. Clean Mama says:

    Love the pillows Toni!

  12. Cailan says:

    What great looking pictures – I love your set-up and style. Those pillows are great!

  13. CAS says:

    These are terrific, Toni! Everyone is using burlap & painter’s cloth, who knew!

  14. Thank you for hosting! We love your blog!

  15. Love the pillows!!! thanks for the link up πŸ™‚

  16. MommaHen says:

    Your home is beautiful!

  17. Hi, I am new here. Love your pillows, and thanks for hosting the party. I linked up my latest project.

  18. I have been a follower (or should I say – Lurker) for a while but just made it official…I ordered the shakelee paste a few weeks back and am really excited to use it…

    I am extending an invitation for you to come visit “My Crazy Beautiful Life”..Lots’s of new things happening beginning with a ‘NEW” look I’m getting tongight…I would love to have you follow…

  19. I enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog. The pillows look wonderful! I hope you’ll stop by Katherines corner and enter my giveaway to win a gorgeous dress. Hugs!

  20. Toni says:

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! Im so grateful for my awesome blog readers.


  21. Toni, your pillows turned out fabulous. You did really good, and they actually look so simple, that even I could hopefully manage them.

    Thanks for hosting, I love this new party you are doing!!!

    I linked up my Garage Remodel PART 2 .

    Hope you can stop by to say HI.


    Bella πŸ™‚
    Also I would LOVE to invite you to check out my new PINTEREST BOARDS let me know what you think!!

  22. sarahshaklee says:

    I love your living room!! Looks like a picture in a magazine! I have that same table infront of your fireplace! I think I’ll copy your copycat pillows AND the furniture arrangement you have! So cute!!

  23. Hi Toni – thanks for the 150×150 button and it now has a nice home on my ‘Link Parties I Love’ page. I’m back for the party this week with link #80.

  24. Amber says:

    I LOVE your pillows! They look stunning in your room. Thanks for the tutorial.

  25. They turned out lovely. One thing I have always wondered with the use of the drop cloths: Do they wash well?

    K. Anne

  26. TBonesMom says:

    Your blog is awesome, period, end of story. Wow. I am emailing my sister to tell her about you because she will be just as in love! Have a blessed day. πŸ™‚

  27. Amelia says:

    I love that you used drop cloth as your material. I wanted to use it for curtains and my husband thought I was crazy! I’ll have to show him this post so that he can see that it CAN look good!

  28. Analog Girl says:

    I love this project! Thank you so much for sharing how you did it!

  29. Alina says:

    I love those pillows! I wish I had even an ounce of sewing talent!

  30. This is such a great idea! Making pillow covers would be new to me so I have a couple questions. 1.How many pillows can you make out of 1 drop cloth? 2.Do the covers wash well?

  31. irbystreet says:

    I just did these today for a project for our office…they are beautiful!

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