Fashion Inspired Pillows

These are the pillows I have been working on…
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So, I know we all love Anthropologie, especially the incredible styling of the catalogs.  When the fall catalog came I was so in love with all of the equestrian styled fashions and backgrounds.  I have shared some of the images below..

Ralph Lauren also had some amazing ads this month with all kinds of beautiful tweeds and plaids.  But despite my best efforts, I can not find the ad and I really did not want to tear it out of the catalog in the hair salon.

Anyway, somewhere in the midst of all of this I was in Joann Fabrics and found myself drawn to the suiting fabric department and I fell in L.O.V.E.  I should have taken a picture of the fabric stack, but hey, I am still learning this gig!

Then, I was getting dressed one day and I pulled out a belt.  I quickly realized that this was a belt from most likely high school and there was no way that baby was going around my waist!  It hung on my railing for several days intended to put in a bag for Goodwill.  Until, I had an idea!

So here is somehing you do not know about me.  I do not sew.  I am totally intimidated by a sewing machine.  I am going to work on changing that, but until then, I use all different versions of sewing tape.

Here is sort of the process.  I did even get all fancy and did an “envelope enclosure” back on two of the three pillows..

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So here are my completed pillows:

First, I did one in a beautiful tweed backed with a blue herringbone and wrapped it in the belt.  This fabric was the very solid and two sided.  However, it was expensive.  I did buy in on sale but I only bought a small quantity.  I used the blue fabric on the back because I like the contrast and because that was a fabric I found on the clearance racks.

This one is definitely my favorite.

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Here is a close up of the fabric.

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Then I used another tweed for a long pillow and added some rosettes in the same fabric. This is my first time doing rosettes.  I know, nothing revolutionary.  However, I would like to thank my sister for telling my honestly that my first one stunk so that I would try again and get much better results this time.

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I also am totally in L.O.V.E. with crewel and I have been for some time.  A few weeks after I picked up the tweed fabric I was again in Joann’s and found a beautiful brown crewel fabric that I used for this pillow.

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I have put them on the sofa and loveseat in our family room and mixed them with some of our existing pillows.  I would love to say that I made the cable knit pillow, but I actually found it on sale at Pier 1.

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Thank you to the folks at The CSI Project for having a pillow inspired link party this week.  I started this project weeks ago and that was just the fire under my tush I needed!

So, I will be sharing this post at:

And the parties in my sidebar!  Thanks!

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17 thoughts on “Fashion Inspired Pillows”


  1. I was at Hancocks this last week and was drooling over the suit fabrics. I would love to have a man's den with lots of wool and plaids, kinda a cigar bar feel. Cute pillows!

  2. oh my goodness your pillows are awesome! the funny thing is, I was at one of my favourite shops yesterday and was drooling over a grey plaid pillow much like yours! i have some of that tape….i think you just lit my fire : )

  3. WOW. What a gorgeous selection of fabrics and treatments! I love your equestrian inspiration. I could really feel it. Very rich! LOVE.


  4. Those pillows are amazing. I love the tweed one and the belt is a nice touch! What great inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. I love your room, and the pillows look wonderful. Stylish and cozy looking at the same time. I love this post too. I haven't seen the new Ralph Lauren ads, but I'm using a previous ad as inspiration for our guest room makeover. I've been surfing around your blog, and I'm now your newest follower.

  6. Hi Laura

    I LOVE these pillows, really nice job. I fell in love and almost bought the cable knit one at Pier One, too! Can't wait to see the whole room in person 🙂

  7. I LOVE your pillows! I'm your newest follower.

    Many of the readers of my blog have been coming to me from your blog. I didn't see my blog listed on your linky parties so I don't know how they found me, but thank you for sending friends my way!