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

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  1. 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!


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