Happy Monday you guys! I’m not always psyched about Mondays (they’re so close yet so far from the weekend!), but today I am excited to introduce you to an awesome new blog series I’m participating in this summer!
I’m teaming up with Jennifer from Brave New Home, Amy from Delineate Your Dwelling, Tasha from Designer Trapped In A Lawyer’s Body, Katie from Upcycled Treasures, and Ashley from Bigger Than The Three Of Us to bring you “Knock Out Knock Offs”!
Each month, we’ve chosen one popular home décor store to inspire our knock off projects and this month, the store is West Elm!
Oh West Elm. Beloved by bloggers everywhere. So on-trend and perfectly of-the-moment. You’re killing me with your gold textiles lately…
But at $40/piece for each pillow cover, these aren’t chilling on my couch anytime soon.
Or are they?
You may know that I’m a bit of a gold leaf addict, although I didn’t start out that way. In fact, my first time using gold leaf, I hated it with a passion. By our second date however, my disdain had transformed into a passionate love affair (following the expectations of every romantic plotline ever). From that moment on, I was pro-gold-leaf. #gildallthethings. I thought I couldn’t love gold leaf any more than I already did…
Until I discovered that you could gold leaf fabric.
I’ll let that sink in for a moment.
You can freaking gold leaf fabric.
Ready to whip up an awesome knock off of your own?
I already had all the supplies on hand, making this knock off completely free on my part. But I’m including a supplies list with prices below. Just realize that you won’t use 100% of any of the listed supplies, so you’ll end up with plenty of leftovers for future projects, which makes this much more cost-effective than it might appear!
Six Month Update:
These pillows sadly are no longer with us. Despite my best efforts to keep them as decorative accents, they ended up smooshed, sat on and generally rough-housed (no finger pointing, but it wasn’t by me!). My no-sew construction job was not up to the test and they burst at the seams. I would highly recommend sewing these as the iron-on hem tape did not bond well with the gold leaf.
The gold leaf also took a bit of a beating. It didn’t noticeably flake off, but it did become dull and thin in some spots.
In all honesty, practicality has never been my strong suite. I am afflicted with extreme “form over function-itis”. So I would make these pillows again in a heartbeat (with better seams) and simply not use them on the sofa where we sit all the time. They are cheap and simple and make a huge statement!
I did, however, want to update you guys since I had received so many questions about the durability of gold leaf on fabric!
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- Canvas drop cloth – Mine was leftover from a previous project, purchased for around $9 at Home Depot. Feel free to substitute 1 yard canvas or linen fabric.
- Gold leaf – Again, leftover from an earlier project. The booklet of 25 sheets cost around $7, and I used approximately 1/3 of it for two pillow covers.
- Metal leaf adhesive – This will last for many projects.
- Masking tape – I just used the cheap tan stuff. No point in wasting money on more expensive painter’s tape.
2 pillow inserts – I used two pillows that were already sitting on my couch and which were due a face lift.
I started out by cutting the approximately correct size for each side of the pillow cover (20” square, in my case) and gathering my supplies:
I used the straight-edge and a pencil to lightly mark my pattern for the chevron pillow cover before taping my design. I eyeballed the diamond pillow cover and just taped away. You’ll notice my chevrons and diamonds are a little less steep than the West Elm version, because they were easiest to tape that way. I’m all for making projects easier 😉
I don’t have a picture of the taping/gold leafing process because once I get started crafting I stop for no man (or camera). But you can see from the photo below – the tape covered all the “blank” spaces, and I applied gold leaf adhesive to the rest of it, and then the gold leaf. You don’t need to be a perfectionist about it – just put on a favorite show on the TV and have fun!
Peeling up the tape afterwards was undeniably the best part…
I assembled my pillow covers using heat-n-bond because I have a deep-seated fear/hatred of sewing machines and hence do not own one, but the heat-n-bond did not stick well to the gold leafed sections of my fabric. So sewing is definitely the best choice here, even though I love heat-n-bond for all other projects!
I closed up three side of the pillow cover and then stitched the bottom opening by hand around the pillow insert. So these are not removable, but you could make them removable if you want with an envelope closure in the back or a zipper on the bottom. If you’re fancy like that.
Even without zippers, these pillows are pretty darn fancy, in my opinion. I played musical pillows, trying them out in various positions on our living room couches while deciding where I liked them best.
I had a little photoshoot companion.
She was determined to sneak in as many pictures as possible.
Obviously, Tiny Tina is a gold-leaf fanatic as well…
So what do you think? Will you be trying any of these knock out knock offs? Did you have any idea you could use gold leaf on fabric? What a world of possibilities!
Ready to check out the other amazing knock offs?
I am so excited about my cohosts’ projects this month – I can’t wait to see what we all come up with for June!