To me, Jonathan Adler’s style is
So it’s perfectly fitting for one of his signature accessories to be a needlepoint pillow, don’t you agree? I absolutely ADORE all of his pillows, especially the Jonathan Adler letter pillow.
his modern designs.
Here are a few of my faves:
I need to plaster on my walls at work!
I Don’t Get Out of Bed for Less Than $10,000 a Day.
I would seriously love to try to knock off that “Nothing Tastes As Good As Skinny Feels” pillow too!
So, when I saw this letter monogram needlepoint pillow,
I was in love.
You know I love me a monogram.
Then I remembered I had a cream pillow cover that had seen better days…and I already had all of the other supplies I would need!
My Jonathan Adler Knock Off Version- FREE
OK, so mine is not an actual Jonathan Adler needlepoint pillow.
I do not intend to take up needlepointing any time soon.
However, paint brushes and I get along pretty well.
And FrogTape too. We are good buds.
This one is nap-time certified- it took about 30 minutes.
Here’s how I did it!
Step 1: Make Your Letter Stencil
First, I attempted to find a font that resembled the “M” on the Jonathan Adler initial pillow.
However, after about 4 tries, I decided to just pull the “M” pillow from the website and blow it up to make my stencil.
Here is the example printed on a 11×17 page.
TIP: I am actually really happy I went this way,
because it is an exact Jonathan Adler Knock-Off match!
Step 2: Gather Your Supplies
Black Acrylic Paint
Fabric Paint (not sure if you need, but I had it, so I used it)
White/Cream Pillow Cover
Homemade Letter Stencil
TIP: Wax paper is delicate. Afraid of using an exacto-knife like me? (long story that involves stitches for my sissy) Use hair shears to cut the wax paper. Or I read you can use Freezer Paper to make a stencil, it might work better, but I only had wax paper on hand.
Step 3: Tape off your border
Be sure to press down on the tape to ensure no paint leakage.
TIP: I used a paint stirrer as my guide. Thanks Home Depot! 🙂
Step 4: Iron on the Letter Stencil
I measured to ensure the M was centered. Then, I ironed the wax paper stencil on to the pillow. Honestly, it really didn’t adhere as well as I’d like it to. I will definitely try freezer paper next time.
TIP: Place brown paper from a grocery bag between the wax paper and iron to avoid melting the wax paper.
Step 5: Paint Your Pillow!
Once your tape and stencil are on, you are ready to paint.
I just dabbed paint on until it looked fully covered.
Here is where I started to doubt this DIY knock-off pillow.
Was this going to be a craft fail?
I know how well Frogtape does on the wall, but with wax paper on fabric? Ouch.
Black paint on cream fabric?
TIP: Line the inside of the pillow cover with wax paper to avoid paint seeping through to other side.
Step 6: Remove the Paint & Stencil
Peel off the tape and stencil and admire your handy work.
BAM! No craft fail here! 🙂
TIP: USE FROGTAPE! It is more expensive, but so worth it!
Step 7: Accessorize
Wander around the house with your new pillow and smile.
TIP: This is a great neutral pillow so have fun mixing patterns!
I am seriously smitten with this pillow.
When I set out to make this Jonathan Adler knock off initial pillow, I thought I would like it, but this is love, y’all.
Summer Style Soiree Link Up Party tomorrow!
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