Knock it Off: $80 Z Gallerie Pillow DIYed for Under $5.

I fell in love hard core while perusing the Z’s website.  By winter, I am hoping to makeover my front room in black, white and grey with turquoise/yellow accents.  This pillow is my inspiration piece.  And inspiration is all it could ever be with a price that rivals a trip to Whole Foods.

With tax, two of these babies would have run me what my cell phone bill is each month {$160!} and then some.

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$160 for two pillows. Ouch. That’s two weeks of therapy for the Moose.

At this stage of life, I cannot justify spending that kind of green on flippin’ pillows that will inevitably have toddler boogers on them.

I have yard of leftover white denim from my wedding years ago and the newfound ability to freezer paper stencil.  And tons of acrylic paint and fabric medium. I freehanded this because back in the day, I taught art in Chicago.

Here’s the freezer paper stencil:

You’ll need:

-heavy white denim fabric {a yard will do}
-stuff to fill the pillow {I used my sock graveyard}
-black acylic paint
-sponge brush or fancy stenciling brush
-cardboard to back your fabric so paint doesn’t bleed.
-sewing machine
-fabric medium {I use the Golden brand}

1.) First size your pillow. Cut fabric. Iron.
2.) Make drawing on freezer paper. Iron on.
2.5) Mix a 1:1 ratio of paint to fabric medium.  {I usually use a tablespoon of each to start}
3.) Back your fabric with cardboard.  Dab paint on in the negative space.
4.) Allow to dry.  Repeat paint.
5.) Remove freezer paper.  Allow paint to totally dry.
6.) Heat set per the instructions on your fabric medium.
7.) Sew 3.5 side of the pillow.  Stuff.  Finish sewing.
8.) Admire your craftiness and cheapass ways.


Now I will take that $160 I would have spent and buy the Moose some more supplements.

Freezer paper stenciling rocks. It’s my new addiction.  Even the King gave me a backhanded compliment: “That looks so professional, unlike so much of what you do.”  What an awesome husband.

If you have freezer paper stencilied something…leave the link in the comments below, I’d love to see it!

             The Inspiration Pillow                                            The Momnivore Version

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I wanted mine more rectangular because my other two accent pillow that I made from Dwell Studio for Target napkins {on clearance of course!} are perfectly square.   See that tutorial here:

One must always take coordinating their pups with home decor.

Linking up to:
Under the Table and Dreaming Sunday Showcase
Blue Cricket Design
Tatertots and Jello
Southern Lovely


  1. I LOVE how yours turned out, it’s super cool! It’s adorable that your cute dog matches the pillows! :) I would say $160 so well saved, they’re great!

  2. Jenny says:

    Looks great, and your pup is too cute!

  3. Looks great. I love freezer paper stencils-although mostly I’ve made t-shirts

  4. Etcetorize says:

    Wow, what an awesome knockoff! I can’t imagine paying $80 for a cushion.

  5. You did a fantastic job with this! I am impressed with your work, way to go!!

  6. Lindsay says:

    Oh my goodness! This is so creative & turned out awesome! I must try! I would love to have you link this up at Show & Share!

  7. Suzy says:

    Wow – you did an awesome job! I so need to copy you.

  8. Your pillow turned out so nice! Very impressive how you sketched out the design…I could never do that! Love. It.

  9. excellent knock-off!

  10. Mimi says:

    I love your sketch – it’s wonderful! And stenciled onto your pillow is amazing. Great job!
    Thanks so much for sharing

  11. c.w.frosting says:

    Love your $160 look! Great knock off!!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  12. Marie says:

    I love how it turned out! I’m a do it yourself kind of girl and this is totally my kind of project! LOVE! Thanks for linking up with us at Show & Share!


  13. Evie says:

    Wow, those turned out amazing!!! Awesome job!

    Your neighbor over at TT&J
    evie @ brown paper packages

  14. Great job! My eye was so drawn to the lovely geometric black and white! Saw you at Under the Table and Dreaming.

  15. Beautifully done! I’ve used freezer stencils to do custom designs for family sweat shirts at Christmastime. Now I just HAVE to do some pillows. Thanks for the inspiration.

  16. Lindsay says:

    Hey! Just wanted to let you know that I featured you today at Southern Lovely. Grab a button if you’d like!

  17. this pillow is amazing! I love it! I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!

  18. cestlavie22 says:

    Lol love how the dog matches the pillow that is absolutely precious! The pillow came out amazing!

  19. Your pillow is gorgeous and love the price too! I’ve got this linked to my freezer paper post as well today, for inspiration!

  20. I love this idea! I am just now changing our bedroom to black and white and need to make these!

  21. Jenn Gray says:

    I love it

  22. What a great job. I love knock off versions and yours is no exception. Beautifully done.

    Found you via Linda at It all Started with Paint…I’m a fellow land of lincoln-er.

  23. Okay genius!! I can’t wait to do this , THanks for posting!!

    Laura from LifeWeLive4

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