Get the Look for Less: Crate-and-Barrel-Inspired Coral Floral Pillow

4 years ago

Are you ready for spring? I’m looking forward to the snow in our yard thawing, and seeing our grass turn from a muddy brown to crisp, fresh green. But I’m most looking forward to color springing out. No more drab black knee-high boots to keep my toes toasty!

We’ve received tons of catalogs with new colors for the season to liven up the dreariness in our home. I loved the Julian Orange Pillow from Crate and Barrel: A punch of orange and hot pink, it's perfect for a girl wanting to add a splash of color.

Crate and Barrel, $59.95

I had to pass on this purchase after seeing the price tag! I’m all for color and trying new things, but not when it comes to my pocketbook. However …

As I strolled through Jo-Ann Fabrics, I noticed a cutout coral fabric similar to the one on the pillow. After a quick rummage through some hot pink fabric, I found one that fit the look.


Step 1. Measure pillow insert.

I like Dana Willard’s throw pillow tutorial; she recommends using the measurements of your pillow for your cover. Adding more length and width to your fabric will make your pillow look oversized and too loose. However, I wanted a little buffer, so I gave myself an extra half inch all around.

Step 2. Cut fabric pieces to size.

For a 20″ pillow insert, I cut the fabric 21″ x 21″.

Step 3. Make an opening at the back.

Cut back pieces with about a three-inch overlay to cut pieces. After ironing a hem, this will make it easier to take off the pillow cover and hand-wash any accidental stains away.

Step 4. Pin front and back panel pieces.

Make sure to pin inside out. The coral floral fabric will be sandwiched between both pomegranate front and back panel pieces.

Step 5. Stitch four sides of pillow cover.

Cut the corners. Flip inside out.

Step 6. Voila! Project Complete!

Two pillows down, and who knows what other pillows may lighten up our home? What colorful pillows are you throwing on your couch these days?


From my hometown to yours,


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