DIY Pillow – Ballard Designs Knockoff

Hello All!

I just finished making two new pillows for our spare room.  I love the colours in this antiqued damask: taupe, gray, latte & mustard.

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This is a quick and easy DIY envelope style pillow cover; no zipper and only 4 hems to sew!  I love envelope pillow covers because they are easy to remove for cleaning too.

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I purchased this gorgeous Kravet Design remnant from Hancock Fabrics a couple of months ago.  It was on clearance for $4 (for two yards)! 

It’s exactly like this Scandicci Gray Fabric at Ballard Designs.

Ballard Designs is selling this for a whopping $32 a yard!


2 yards of fabric – Kravet Design
Straight pins
Measuring tape/metal yardstick
Pillow forms

Tutorial for Envelope Style Pillow Covers:

Wash, dry and iron fabric according to the care instructions that come with the fabric.

Lay fabric on a flat surface where you can spread it out (I laid my fabric down on our living room carpet).

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Using scissors, cut one of the long edges of the fabric using the metal yardstick as a guide to ‘straighten’ the edge.  When it gets cut at the fabric store, it often isn’t cut straight.  Straightening the edge will allow you to measure your other cuts more easily.

Using these instructions for The Five Minute Pillow, determine what the width and length of the fabric should be to fit your pillow: 

Measure the width of the pillow form and add 2 inches. Measure the length of the pillow form, double and add 8 inches.  I used a 20 x 20 inch pillow form so my measurements were width = 22 inches and length = 48 inches.

Cut the fabric to the width needed (I cut  the fabric so it was 22 inches wide) using the measuring tape as a guide.

Cut the fabric to the length needed (I cut the fabric so that it was 48 inches long) using the measuring tape again.

Fold one short end of the fabric over 1 inch and iron flat.  Fold it over again 1 inch and iron flat.  Stitch.  This is a double 1 inch hem.  Repeat this on the other end of the fabric. 

Using the instructions for the Five Minute Pillow sew the other two sides to create an envelope back.

Turn fabric right side out and insert pillow form, working it into the corners.  Bring the top flap over the pillow form to completely cover the pillow.

You’re done!!

DIY Pillow Ballard Designs Knockoff from Setting for Four #diy #tutorial #ballard #pillow #scandicci #gray #knockoff #decor #design
DIY Pillow Ballard Designs Knockoff from Setting for Four #diy #tutorial #ballard #pillow #scandicci #gray #knockoff #decor #design
DIY Pillow Ballard Designs Knockoff from Setting for Four #diy #tutorial #ballard #pillow #scandicci #gray #knockoff #decor #design
DIY Pillow Ballard Designs Knockoff from Setting for Four #diy #tutorial #ballard #pillow #scandicci #gray #knockoff #decor #design

DIY Pillow Ballard Designs Knockoff from Setting for Four #diy #tutorial #ballard #pillow #scandicci #gray #knockoff #decor #design
I’m so happy with how this DIY turned out!

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Written by Heather at Setting for Four

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  1. says

    So glad you stopped by so I could find you! Welcome to the world of blogging!

    Since I can’t even sew a button, I truly appreciate this pillow! What a fab deal on the fabric too and it’s gorgeous! New GFC & Linky follower.

  2. says

    Hi Heather! I am glad you found me!! Thank you for joining my Made U look linky party! Love the pillow, nice job, I saw a comforter set at HomeGoods this week in a similar pattern. I also have a Blog Hop going on now as well, I would love it if you would join it as well and make some new friends and followers! I am your newest follower…
    ps. I’m kinda new too…

  3. says

    I’m here via Hookin Up With House of Hepworth’s link party. I love your pillow. Projects like this are getting me inspired to learn how to sew. What a beautiful job. Newest linky follower here! Hope you can swing by my blog one day. :)

  4. says

    I love the colors in that damask, it really tones down the regal affect the pattern can have sometimes. Visiting from Delightful Order!

    • says

      Thanks Jazmine! I agree that damask can sometimes look over the top – this fabric is antiqued and muted and like you said ‘toned down’. It also has a big pattern repeat which I really love. Just visited your blog – I am your newest follower :)

    • says

      Thanks for the sweet comments Jen! Yes, the colours are gorgeous and muted, it goes really well with my sofa color too. I love fabrics like these with big pattern repeats!

    • says

      Thanks for following me Linda! When I saw the fabric at the store I just loved it right away, when I saw the name Kravet – I jumped on it! I didn’t even know that Ballard carried it until after. I wish I had more of it, I have a bench that it would look great on too.

    • says

      Thanks Nadir! I know! I can’t believe how inexpensive it was – but I think it’s a ‘second’ and priced so cheaply because the print doesn’t run absolutely straight across. But for pillows….you can’t even tell.

  5. says

    Thanks for visiting my blog, leaving such a nice comment and becoming a follower. I am now following you as well. Your pillow turned out beautiful. I love the envelope style pillow covers. I am due to make some new ones for our living room. Have a Great Day!

  6. says

    oooo love this!! Thanks for the tutorial… I want to make some pillows and having even started looking at how to do a envelope pillow yet. Awesome find on the fabric! I’m your newest follower :) Have a fab weekend!
    Stay Crafty x0x0

    • says

      Hi Jess! Hope my tutorial helps along with the one I linked to in my post. When you first make one – you may think that its folded really weird, but when you flip everything right side out – it all makes sense. Good luck on making your pillows – so many beautiful fabrics out there, its hard to choose one :) Thank you for following me! I am off to check out your blog too!

    • says

      I appreciate your kind comments on my pillow! The print really stopped me in my tracks at the fabric store. I have a bit left – need to figure out what to do with it! Have a great day!

    • says

      You should learn to sew – go for it!! I am not a great sewer, but you don’t need to be a professional to make things for your home. I took a 3 hour class at a local fabric store a few years ago and learned the basics…it was so helpful. Thanks for visiting my blog and becomming a follower :)

  7. says

    Hi Heather,

    This is a beautiful pillow (one of my favourite colour combos) and a great tutorial. Made even better by the crazy deal that you got on the fabric! Thanks so much for checking out my new blog and becoming a follower!

    Claire @

  8. says

    Love the pillow, I was scrolling through your blog and saw the pillow and was so impressed. I am your newest follower and thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a message; and for following me.

  9. says

    stopping by from the made in a day linkup! Love envelope pillows, my favorite to make. Yours looks fab, so inexpensive and looks the same as $50 pillows, love it :)

  10. says

    These are gorgeous pillows – I’ve seen that fabric before and always loved it. Great tutorial too! Just came over from the My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia blog hop :)

  11. says

    I LOVE the pillows. The fabric is to die for, and HELLO! can we say deal. That might be one of the best bargains of the year 2 yards of kravet for $4 is absolutely insane. Also, wanted to tell you that great minds must think alike because I have the same target throw on our sofa. I bought it on black friday. I’m so glad you stopped by our “castle” today, now we can be bloggy buddies!

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