Poinsettia Pillow (Pottery Barn Knock-off)


Day 2 of  “A Homemade Christmas”…I’m loving it.

Welcome.  If you are visiting Thrifty Stories, thank you so much for stopping by.  You just made my day.  And if you are not visiting, my heartfelt thanks also goes out to you, my faithful readers.  You make my day every day and are simply the greatest.  In other words, I am thankful for you all.  

So did you stop by and see Christa’s craft yesterday?  Wasn’t that beautiful?!  If you haven’t had the opportunity to see it, please do so.    It is a tremendous example of what $1.00 and a moment of your time can produce.  Love it.  Everyone loves a great Pottery Barn inspired craft.  I know that I do.  In fact, I have one to share with you today also.  And no, that was not planned.  We both just happen to be huge PB fans on a tight budget.  🙂

For over a year now -at least, I have been ogling their poinsettia pillow.

Pottery Barn

I determined last year that I would make my own,  but the busyness of the season got in the way.  Does that ever happen to you?  I even went out and got all the materials and they’ve sat in our attic for a year now.  Yes, that attic of ours is filled to the brim {literally} with many great wonders.

So I determined {again} that I would make my precious poinsettia pillow this year.  I finished it late last night.  How’s that for being under pressure??

Regardless of the hour, I got it done.  Woo-hoo.  I love it.

Let’s make one together, ok?

Here are the supplies that you will need for this project:

  • 1 yard of muslin (or possibly burlap)
  • 1/2 yard of felt ( I used white)
  • an invisible zipper: 12-14 inch  (I goofed and got a 7-9 inch last year.  It was a squeeze but it worked.  The zipper is optional.)
  • thread to match your fabric (not shown)
  • needles (not shown)
  • embroidery floss (I used an off-white to contrast with on the white felt)
  • 12 bells: 0.4 inch (I used silver but gold would be pretty as well)


I bought several options for felt color choices on Black Friday last week.  I really love the cream colored felt, but it didn’t pop enough on the muslin fabric.  It would look wonderful on some burlap, I think.

I also picked up some different colors of embroidery floss to give myself more options for the embellishments.  You can also see my too-small zipper.

To make my pillow pattern, I used an old PB pillow cover turned inside out.  Doing it this way allowed me to include the seam allowance.  The measurements for the pattern ended up being a 19 inch square. (This is for an 18 inch pillow insert.)

After cutting it out, it was merely running the pillow cover through the sewing machine at 1/2 inch seam allowance ( I followed the edge of the foot).  I only created my seam down three sides of my pillow cover.


At this point, you can either put in your zipper or just stuff the pillow cover with a pillow insert or polyester fill and slip-stitch closed.  I opted for a  zipper to make storing my pillow cover easier and so that I can reuse my pillow insert after Christmas.  In my experience-which is limited, I have found that zippers are really not as difficult and fearful a thing as most think.  I will say however, that a zipper foot for your sewing machine would make it sooo much easier.  Yes, that is a subtle (ok, maybe not so subtle) hint for Hubs and my Christmas stocking.



To sew in my zipper, I followed closely the instructions and to be honest, the pictures that came with the zipper.  I’ve already shared that I am very much a visual learner.  Pictures are great.

Basically you unzip your zipper, center/place zipper, and pin the right side of the zipper to the right side of your fabric.  Sew one side, then pin, and sew the other side.  Zip it shut and finish any seams at either end of the zipper.  I then went back with a top stitch to help my not-so-invisible zipper look a little more … ahem, invisible. The zipper foot would really help here. {wink, wink}

For those of you who are new, my husband is my most loyal follower and reader.  And hints never hurt, do they?  😉



Once the zipper was in, it was time for the fun embellishments: embroidery floss, felt and jingle bells.

I made a quick pattern on paper to decide how large I wanted the poinsettia petals (leaves?  what are they called?).  You will need to cut five large, five medium, and five small felt petals.

I began the tedious process of stitching the felt to the pillow.  Using a simple running stitch, I was not careful in the least to keep my stitches uniform.  The stitching gave it character and dimension.



I quickly stitched the five large petals, then stitched the medium petals, staggering them in between the large petals.  It was not an exact science.  I would trim some of the felt from the previous layer to make pushing my needle in and out easier on my fingers.  Last of all, I carefully sewed the top and final layer of petals.  These will line up somewhat with the first large layer , but I tried to not have the small ones not match the large petals exactly.



Jingle bell time had arrived and I was excited.  It meant that the end was near and quite frankly, I just like jingle bells.  Every girl likes a little sparkle, right?

Securely sew your bells in a random cluster in the center of the poinsettia, knotting your thread well to hold them on.



Voila.  You are done.  {whew}

If you were using a zipper and making a pillow cover, now is the joyous moment to stuff that beauty and zip it closed.




I love it.  It is perfect for the holidays and my decor for this year.





I love how it looks in the low lights of the Christmas tree.  So festive and cozy.



Here’s what my “invisible” zipper looks like.  Not exactly invisible but not too shabby in my book. 😉



I’m already planning another pillow to coordinate with this one.  This one involves ribbon….and a bigger zipper.  Just to pique your curiosity.  😉


What do you think?  It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.  You could vary the size, placement, and color of the poinsettia to create different looks.  There is really no right or wrong with this craft.  You can even continue  to trim the felt after the pillow is finished.  Ahem….I may have given my poinsettia a little haircut late last night.  Love that about felt.  No sewing or hemming needed.

What have you been making?  Are you a pillow fanatic?  Own a zipper foot?  Do you drop subtle and/or not-so-subtle hints for your spouse?  Share.  We’d all love to hear.

Thanks for stopping by.  Next up in the series is Christina at The Frugal Homemaker.  Don’t miss her post tomorrow!!!

Have a great day.






Here’s all of the projects in A Homemade Christmas series so far:



10 thoughts on “Poinsettia Pillow (Pottery Barn Knock-off)

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  2. Gillianne

    Lovely pillow; I like yours better than the PB inspiration (your petals are more interesting). For what it’s worth, I find it easier to put in the zipper first, on a basted seam, and then sew the other 3 sides. But when I’m lazy, I skip the zipper and make an envelope back. Like you, I want all my pillow covers to be removable for easy switching and storage.

    1. heather Post author

      That’s a good to know, Gillianne. I’ll have to try sewing my zipper that way the next time. Yes, I like the flexibility to be wash my covers and to minimize my storage. Glad someone agrees with me. 😉 Thanks for stopping by and also for taking the time to comment.


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  4. wendy williamson

    The “petals” are brscts. The actual blooms are thr yellow in the middle. Hint, always get your poinsettia with the blooms fully closed.

    1. heather Post author

      Yes, please don’t follow my example and procrastinate-especially when you have already purchased the supplies. 🙂 I love the zipper. I can use my beloved down-filled inserts elsewhere during the year and also storing my poinsettia pillow cover is far easier than an actual pillow. However, I will definitely take note of the zipper length next time. A 12-14 inch zipper would be sooo much easier than squeezing my 18 inch pillow into a 7-9 inch zipper hole! Lesson learned- bigger is definitely better in this instance. lol!

      And ah, the luxury of a zipper foot. You can definitely do it!


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