Wednesday, February 15, 2012

West Elm Origami Throw Pillow Knock-off

Hey everyone! You're getting two posts today cause I think you're extra super special. :)
A few weeks ago my honey and I found ourselves with some time in our local (ha!) metropolitan area. We don't get out of town very often, so we decided to go look through some shops before we had to head back home. One of the stores we stopped in was West Elm, and I LOVED just about everything they had in the store. I especially fell in love with their origami pillows, (shown HERE) and decided to try and make my own when I got home. The original was $34. I made my version for less than $10 using some coupons and a pillow form I already had from some pillows I got at Ross.

So here's the original:

And here's my version!

Pretty close, huh? Pillows are one of my favorite things to make, and this one was no exception. The original was made with wool felt, but I couldn't find it locally, so I went with the best felt I could find. It still turned out great. Please don't confuse "premium felt" with crafting felt though. I don't think that would look quite as nice. Here's how to do it:

West Elm Origami Throw Pillow Knock Off Tutorial

Materials Needed:
*3/4 yd premium felt in choice of color (Mine was 72" wide. Adjust amount for shorter widths)
*Thread in closest color match possible
*Invisible zipper in matching color
*18" pillow form
*Basic sewing supplies (pins, scissors, sewing machine, etc)

Cutting dimensions:
* 2- 19" squares
*49- 2 1/2" squares (That's not a typo. You really need 49 squares exactly)

Step 1: Carefully cut out your fabric pieces keeping them as square as possible. Stack up the little squares and take them to your sewing machine. Get ready to sew.
(Here's all my squares stacked and ready to go!)

Step 2: Take one square and fold it in half to make a triangle with right sides together (see picture). Sew as close to the edge across the tip where the two corners meet (see 2nd picture). Do not clip the string. Continue folding squares in the same manner and "chain" them one after the other. This will save you a lot of time and thread by not cutting in between. 

(How to fold your squares)

(Stitch as close to the edge as you can. You can sort of see the rest of my "chain" forming in the background)

(This is what it should look like when you're done. A whole long strip of puffy triangles.)

Step 3: Clip the threads between each triangle, leaving as little thread showing as possible without clipping fabric or unraveling the stitching. 

Step 4: Carefully turn your "triangles" right side out. Don't worry about trimming the excess fabric off the tips or pressing seams. This is what you should have when you're done:
(These kind of remind me of cannoli shells! In fact, I'm going to refer to these as cannolis for the rest of the tutorial)

(Just for fun, here's what the whole lot of them look like.)

Step 5: Lay one 19" square right side up on a table or work surface. Measure in a half inch from each edge of one of the corners. Mark with a pin.

Step 6: Flatten a cannoli so the center seam is lined up with the end points. Line up one of these points with the pin on the large square and pin in place. (You want to create a diagonal line from corner to corner with cannolis, so keep that in mind while placing.) Continue placing cannolis end to end leaving a small gap between each until you reach the opposite corner.

(Here's what it should look like at this point.)

Step 7: Begin placing cannolis going the other direction at each gap, creating a four way intersection. (see picture) 

Step 8: Continue pinning your cannolis end to end on each new row, just as you did with the first row, until you reach the edge (there should be a gap for the 1/2" seam allowance).
(This is upside down if you look at all my other pictures, so don't let that confuse you. Just make sure you're creating new diagonal rows that cross at the gap of your original row.)

Step 9: Now that all you're rows are finished one way, begin pinning cannolis between the gaps of the rows you just created, horizontal to the first row.

(This is what you should end up with.)

Step 10: Beginning on any row (I started on the original center row), Stitch through the center of all your cannolis making sure to stitch across the point and center seams.

Step 11: Continue to stitch down the center of all the rows. The front of your pillow is now done and should look something like this:
(Pretty, isn't it?)
Step 12: Shorten your zipper to fit along one end of your pillow. Sew on your invisible zipper following the manufacturer's directions or your favorite tutorial, except adjust the seam allowance to 1/2". (This was my first invisible zipper and was really intimidating but ended up not being too hard!) Trim some of the excess fabric for a cleaner look.

(Here's my zipper after it was sewn in and before I'd trimmed my edges.)

Step 13: Continue sewing around the edges of the pillow (right sides together) with a 1/2" seam allowance. Clip your corners, turn, push out the corners, and then stuff that puppy! You're all done! :)

Be sure to let me know if you make this and link up a picture of the project so I can see how yours turned out too! I'm really curious how this would look in other colors. :)

Linking to:

Skip to my Lou ♡ Polly Want a Crafter ♡ Lines Across My Face ♡ Sarahndipities ♡ Sumo's Sweet Stuff ♡ Sew Can Do ♡ Vintage Wanna Bee ♡ Mommy By Day, Crafter By Night ♡ Today's Creative Blog ♡ Not Just a Housewife ♡ Coastal Charm ♡ Chef In Training ♡ Oopsey Daisy ♡ It's Overflowing ♡ My Girlish Whims ♡  Blue Cricket Design ♡ Someday Crafts ♡ Lil' Luna ♡ Southern Lovely ♡ 733 ♡ Sew Much Ado ♡ The Sasse Life ♡ The Trendy Treehouse ♡ Junk in Their Trunk ♡ Polka Dots on Parade ♡ Bear Rabbit Bear ♡ The Shabby Nest ♡ Fingerprints on The Fridge ♡ Family Ever After ♡ Tatertots and Jello ♡ Destination: Craft ♡ Vintage Mauve  ♡ The DIY Dreamer Every Creative Endeavor Threading My Way See Vanessa Craft ♡ Naptime Crafters

(I did something goofy and accidentally deleted my entire linky list for this project. {Just about had a heart attack!} I've repopulated it as best I can, but if you're missing from the list, please let me know so I can add you back. Thanks!)



Kathy@ Gone North said...

Oh my WORD!!
Awesome!! Awesome!!!
Totally going to do this one..
Thanks for showing the "how-to"

Crafting Rebellion said...

Wow this turned out great!

simona said...

very, very pretty! it looks like making the pillow was a lot of work but it was worth it!

Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said...

WOW! I absolutely love your version! It is so lovely! Well done!

Cassidy said...

So in LOVE with this!! Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing. I now want to make this!!

Cassidy said...

Oh and seriously Loving your blog! I am a new follower!
Feel free to stop by and visit mine :)

Christine said...

Fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!! It's a true piece of art!!!

Come check out my blog too :) I have a linky party and a big giveaway going on :)

Vanina said...

gorgeous! thanks for stopping by :)

Lish said...

I love this, so pretty...
Thanks for stopping by my blog and checking out my homemade teething biscuits! Hope to see you again!

Cheryl @ Sew Can Do said...

LOVE it. Great job and a great tutorial too!! Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)

Tiffany said...

Thanks everyone! I love making fun pillows and I'm glad you all liked this one too!

Summer said...

I'll be featuring this on my blog tomorrow. Thanks for linking up!


Be Sweetly Inspired! said...

I love love love it! So funny, I did a knock off of a west elm pin tucked duvet cover this week, check it out here:

Your pillow and my duvet would love each other! lol great job sista!

Lauren D.

Gwen @ The Bold Abode said...

It looks EXACTLY like the original! It's stunning!

Sherry said...

You pillow turned out beautiful. Thanks for tutorial. I'm now a follower, would appreciate the same. Thanks said...

Stunning! That was so worth all the hard work!

I would love if you linked up to my new link party! :-)

Mauvin' Monday Link Party

Jessica, your newest follower!

Erin said...

Love this! Exactly like the original. Did you use wool felt for this?

Lindsay said...

Hey, just wanted to let you know that I featured you over @ Southern Lovely. Thanks for linking up to Show & Share!

Amy said...

Really pretty! Iam going to runand get some wool felt today, this pillow is so lovely. Great job figuring that out!

Tiffany said...

Thanks again everyone! :)

Tiffany said...

Erin- I wanted to use wool felt, but they didn't have any locally so I went with the highest quality they had. Just don't use craft felt and it should be fine. :)

Frazzled Mom of Five said...

I love this! And you make it look easy enough for me to do too!
Beautiful pillow! New Follower over from Southern Lovely
~Jen @

Cheryl @ Sew Can Do said...

I've featured this at today's Craftastic link party. Stop by & grab a Featured On button. Looking forward to seeing what you link up next:)

Claiming Our Space said...

Your pillow looks amazing! Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Vintage Mauve.

Bella @ Bella before and after said...

Oh man Tiffany, this is flippin AWESOME!!! Girl, your pillow looks EXACTLY like the original, I can't believe it, and you made it look so simple, I just have to make one myself, YAY!!! Saw you on Craftastics features.

I added you to my blog roll too, you have a cute blog girl, keep it up you're off to a great start :)

Stop by anytime to say hello, I'm currently working on getting super organized (on a dime) and of course sharing some yummy recipes too!
Hugs, Bella :)
Bella Before and After
Euro Style Cakes.

P.S. I also pinned you girlBELLA'S PINTEREST BOARDScome check it out!!

Aimee - said...

Oh my goodness...looks so GREAT! Thanks for sharing at Overflowing with Creativity! I can't wait to see what you link up at my party tomorrow! I LOVE following're so inspiring! Just a little reminder, my giveaway for 1000 free FULL color business cards ends at midnight!! Stop by and enter to wiN!

***I'm featuring your pillow on my blog today!!!***

XO, Aimee

Pam said...

I have never seen a pillow like this. It's AWESOME!!! You make it look so easy. I would love for you to share this at our ongoing themed linky that's just for Pillows and Cushions...

Kellie said...

Beautiful Job! Thanks for sharing :)

Pam said...

Hi Tiffany, I'm featuring the West End Knock Off pillow today...

Kaia said...

Good job, Tiff! I'm supposed to be making a pillow for a gift but I've only sewn a couple things and am a little nervous! :S

Tiffany said...

Kaia- They'll think your a sewing genius if make this one! Everything but the zipper is pretty easy, just time consuming. If you don't want to attempt a zipper, you can always just stitch the pillow closed instead. Good luck!! :)

Vanessa @ See Vanessa Craft said...

GORGEOUS!! Thanks for linking up, I just shared this pillow on my fb page:

Anonymous said...

Your version looks just beautiful, nice job and I've got this linked to my pillows post too today!

janna said...

Hi.. Just did the cover today.. wow.. I'm so excited to show it to you.. can I forward it to yr email..? I'm janna from malaysia.. :) this is my email,