Pottery Barn Pillow Wanna Be!

I love this pillow from Pottery Barn!  But for $39.00, it just wasn't in my budget right now. 
So I scoured GW and found a white sweater that I thought would work.  I paid $5 for the sweater
and I purchased an  XXL so that I could make a bigger pillow.

And here is my version!  I just cut off the sleeves of the sweater, measured for the size of the pillow, this one is 16x18, cut and sewed just a couple of seams.  Super easy and a whole lot cheaper! I am thinking of buying a red holiday sweater and making a pillow out of that as well.

I also made some soft gold pillows for some added warmth.  I found this really soft corduroy fabric at a fabric outlet I like.  It was 9.95 a yard but.... I had a 60% off coupon to use. 
Then I bought some goose down pillows to put inside.  They were only 6.50 a piece at this same fabric  outlet ............  and that was for the 18x18 size!

I paired it up with the pillows I made earlier this year.  They have more of a summery look so I wanted these to be more warm and cozy looking.

Another view.  I also made the pillow in the middle as well.
Well my friends, we are supposed to be getting nasty weather today.  Right now they're predicting freezing rain.
I would much rather have snow.  The freezing rain is just the worse to drive on. 
On Thanksgiving we are off to my brother Matt's home.  He has a large, very nice heated garage that works for our big family.  They set up lots of tables, have a  huge buffet table plus we can go in and out of his large home as needed.
Since we have such a large extended family, it's the only place we can fit!  At Christmas we all go to a water-park and rent a motel or condo.  The kids like it and so do the adults.  Wisconsin Dells which is the Water-park Capital of the World is just down the road from us.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
I have so much to be thankful for and I am hoping you all do too!
I am joining Linda @ Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday!
Check out her fun blog!


  1. Cindy,
    Sounds like you have some wonderful holiday plans...Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Hop over if you have time and share your pretty THRIFTY pillows at NTT later today...I just love that sweather pillow:)


  2. I love your sweater pillows. What a great idea.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  3. the sweater pillow is gorgeous.....but you hloiday plan..is very nice!!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, ciao Flavia

  4. You are one smart lady! I love the sweater pillow and the other one too. I love pillows like this, so cozy! The holiday plans sound wonderful...have a great Thanksgiving! :D

  5. And a very nice wanna be it is too!!

    Behind your new gold pillows on the blue couch, I can "spy" your banister - - - it makes me chuckle to remember the TIME we had trying to use that banister to take our own photo!!!

  6. HI Cindy! You did a great job on the pillows! The sweater idea is great and I love your two pillows together.
    Oh, I'm so glad to hear about the primer from your husband. I'm going to use that the next time!
    Oh, I didn't use stencils on the highchair - I just drew and painted.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  7. What a great pillow idea Cindy!
    You've inspired me to thrift for sweaters and make me some.
    Be safe & warm this week.
    Have a very special Thanksgiving.

  8. Very nice, Cindy! Perfect for the cold season...Christine

  9. Well girl, you truly couldn't tell the difference in the sweater pillows 'cept ya have more moola in your pockets to spoil that babe! :o)

    Amazin' what ya can do with a little ingenuity and a pair of scissors!!! Heeehehehe!

    It's warm this morn' but Mr. Weatherman say's the temps are gonna drop like a rock this afternoon. I've been out tryin' to see how close I could get to some of the wild~eyed cattle armed with my camera. Yep, I'm a brave woman. I needed one up close and personal for my next post.

    God bless ya sweetie and enjoy this Thanksgiving week!!!

  10. Great job on the pillows!
    Sorry about the bad weather - I just do not like Winter weather.
    Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your family.

  11. Absolutely brilliant idea, Cindy! Beautiful pillows!

  12. Oh wow!! These pillows are gorgeous. I almost bought the pillow from PB awhile ago {now you can make me one!!} ;-D. For someone just starting to sew you are doing really well...sweaters can't be easy! Gorgeous!

    I hope we don't get the same weather. It is 64 degrees now and rainy. It's almost too muggy.

    I am getting so psyched about getting together. It's going to be a ball. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving. It's just us and the kids for dinner but then a lot of family for dessert. My house is SO small but we are all used to that. Makes things cozier!! lol!


  13. Cindy-GREAT job on the pillows! I love the little snowman one too! Pefect-they go just perfect with your furniture! Happy Thanksgiving to you. You can keep that freezing rain over in your part of the world~ Hugs- Diana

  14. OH Cindy! This is a fantastic idea! I may even have sweaters here I can do that with...I am just delighted with this idea! Thank you so much for sharing it. :)
    Also..thank you for your input on my recent post with my reference to family and problems. It has been a nightmare since Mothers Day though nothing to do with me. Thank heavens. Still...watching and hearing about it all is slowly taking it's toll on me as I can see all sides...
    A little postive thinking and lots of prayers so far has not helped but...I have to have faith that my children will realize that the path they are chosing (who did what to whom and who said what to who and why..) isn't going work. Starting over is the only thing that can be done. There is simply no other way. Some just cannot find their way to saying...I was to blame as well. LOL Isn't that only too human? NOT a good thing. So..time will tell.
    As my daddy used to say "it will all come out in the wash!"
    I must write to Nezzy and tell her that one. :)
    Many hugs and lots of love. Have a great and peaceful Thanksgiving week and do tell your dear mother hello for me.

  15. Great idea for the sweater pillow. I might have to do a red one for Christmas also.

  16. Way to go, Cindy! That looks great, and no one would know it was not PB. I love it! Linda

  17. I love your sweater pillows! I will think twice before I ditch a sweater now!

  18. Love your pillows Cindy. Pottery Barn's got nothing on you!


  19. Hi Cindy, sorry it's been awhile since I've been by. Your pillows are great. Eveytime I go to Goodwill I see clothing that I think would look great as a pillow!

    Loved your black and white harvest tablescape. Those placemats are really cool! Your grandaughter looks all ready for some mashed potatoes! My sister's girl is being fashionably late. If she isn't here by Wed. they are inducing her on Thursday. That will be great talk around the table for Thanksgivings to come!
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  20. Hi Cindy! I luuuuv the pillows! The one you made with the white sweater is stunning! Love it!

  21. Both cute and clever! I wish so much that I could sew...tried it and didn't like it!!! Wasn't good at it either:)

  22. love the pillows....Happy Thanksgiving Cindy...

  23. They turned out great! Happy Thanksgiving Cindy:@)

  24. Great job on the pillows Cindy! I have the blue bird one I won in your giveaway earlier this year on the bed in my guest bedroom and I think of you everytime I go in that room and see it! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Don't eat too much! LOL! =)

  25. I love all the pillows, but ESPECIALLY your Pottery Barn sweater pillow. You're amazing!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours (especially your newest little gem),

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

  26. I love your sweater pillow! Blogging has gotten me to do many things out of my comfort zone, but I will never sew! I'm so impressed by those of you who do.

    We will be just 3 for Thanksgiving. I am going to cook this year...the guys begged for the "real deal"!

  27. I love that Pottery Barn pillow too. YOu did a wonderful job with yours. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  28. I love the pillow idea and yours came great...looks just like the PB one...I have a blogging friend who copies things from the PB catalog all the time...she saves so much money and the stuff comes just like the real thing...I love creative people like yourself...Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with that beautiful grandbaby of yours...Sue

  29. Hi Girlfriend...

    Ohhh...you have been a busy little bee, Darlin'! You always make the prettiest pillows! I just adore your white sweater pillow...it turned out beautifully! I had seen the PB pillow...they have some gorgeous pillows but eeeks...they are sooo expensive! I can't believe that you were able to make the same pretty pillow for just a fraction of the cost! BRAVO!!! Ohhh...and I love your gold cordoroy pillows...they pair perfectly with the stiped pillows that you made! Gorgeous, my friend!!! The gold really does warm the color scheme up and looks great on your blue sofa! You did GOOD, Girlfriend!

    Well, it sounds like ya'll are going to have a fabulous Thanksgiving!!! What fun...to have so many of your family be able to gather together! Enjoy!!! You guys be careful while traveling though...sounds like you're in for some nasty weather. We have been having that here for the last couple of days. The roads have been really icy. I think it's supposed to be nice for Thanksgiving though...hoping so!

    Well dearest friend, wishing you and your sweet family a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving!!!

    Love ya,

  30. Great Idea! I may have to steal it from you. We actually just ordered a Pottery Barn Comfort Sofa and its due any day. I was going to get those exact pillows but like you said, they are quite pricey.

  31. HI CINDY!!!
    YOU DID AN OUTSTANDING JOB!!I could NOT tell the difference!!
    Nice work on all the pillows!!
    You amaze me!!
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!
    Hug your little turkey for me!!
    hugs 2 U,

  32. Hi Cindy Sweetie...
    What a beautiful share. Love this idea. I have seen some of these in the store as well, and they look so cute. You did a beautiful job, and have sent us all searching our closets for sweaters now. You'll have to make a baby sweater one for the wee one. How sweet would that be?

    Well like Jamie said we are having a cool spell here in the valley. I go to work at 5am so I actually had to wear a sweater the last couple of mornings. It was to cool for my asthma, and I certainly don't want to get pneumonia again. Once this year is enough.

    Your table setting was absolutely exquisite. I loved it. Everything looked so festive sweet friend. That little turkey in her cute outfit was the best part of the post. Don't you just love being a Grammy?

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Sweet Friend. I am so thankful for our friendship. Many hugs and so much love, Sherry

  33. What a great idea I am going to the thrift store to look for Christmas sweaters and make some pillows for the holiday. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful idea.

  34. HEY Cindy! Im your newest follower and LUVIN IT!! Are you kidding me? a Wannabe? You ROCKED that pillow! LOVE IT! If you have any spare sweater fabric and wanna make another you can just send it my way! Im CRAAAAAAAAAZY about it! LOVE you blog! I would love it if you would visit my 13 xmas trees and GIVEAWAY!!!

    *ENTER CUSTOM FLORAL Give-Away Here *


  35. You did a great job on the pillow. Looks a lot like the store one. Always good to save money.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  36. What a neat looking table and I love the pillows. I like the buget too! I'll be stopping back for inspiration.

  37. That is a great idea. I need to keep my eyes open and find some sweaters like that now. Those would be so cozy on my couches this winter.

  38. Cindy, love your pillow. I hope you and your family have a very Blessed Thanksgiving. Enjoy that precious grandbaby. I can't wait to see you in Jan. Love ya, Hugs, Marty

  39. I love this CIndy. I saw a girl a while back do the same thing, and I thought what a neat idea. Yours actually looks better than PB, so take that!!~

  40. Oh wow I love this project! I agree with Debbiedoo, yours look way better!
    Thanks for stopping by, its nice to catch up:)

  41. Cindy, you are so smart! Those pillows are P.B. worthy! How smart of you to use a sweater on that one. Love the idea of a holiday sweater turned pillow. (Oh how I wish I didn't hate to sew). Your gold pillows are so pretty and add just the right amount of pop on that blue sofa. I bet your family has a blast when you all get together. laurie


I would love to hear from you. Come back and visit anytime. Warmest Wishes, Cindy