Sincerest Form of Flattery guest: Kalleen from At Second Street

Last but not least, I want to welcome Kalleen from At Second Street-you’ll remember her from Tie One on Me week, right?
This girl is flat out amazing. She is a past SYTYC competitor-that’s when I first found her blog and I remember being so impressed by her projects! Still am. 😉 Then I was lucky enough to get to know her and she is so sweet as well. I wish we lived closer so we could have crafty nights! Anyways…Some of my fav projects of hers are her Food Face plates (Sadie would LOVE these), this A-MA-zing wedding cake she made, this adorable tee shirt to cardigan redo, and these upcycled leather bracelets!
Take it away Kalleen!
Yeah, It’s my turn. I’m so excited to be part of this amazing series. I adore and admire both Jess and Kirstin it’s a real treat to do anything with them. 
When I finally decided to redecorate my son’s neglected bedroom there was only one choice for a theme, Star Wars. He wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve been dragging my feet on this project wondering how I was going to tastefully accomplish his dreams. Then I found the Star Wars collection from Pottery Barn. 
I was so excited to find some pieces that my son wouldn’t outgrow overnight and weren’t too cheesy.  
I especially liked the pillows and knew they were something I could tackle on my own. 
Here is my version:
With an envelope closure and appliqued letters it was super simple make.

Get the full tutorial after the jump!

Details make the difference in a good knock-off. The pillow wouldn’t have been the same without adding the pick-stitch boarder 
This Knock-Off can be easily changed to fit any decor. PBkids is famous for it’s personalized accessories. I would love to make one in pink with my daughters initials on it. 
To make your own pillow you’ll need:
-a printer, paper, a pencil
-outer fabric- 1/2 to 1 yard depending on size of pillow
-white or contrasting fabric
-wonder under or Heat N’ Bond
-clear ruler
-thread, pins and sewing machine
-chalk pencil
-pillow form, mine was 20 x20
Step 1: print and cut out lettering
 I typed out the saying in a word document. I used the Star Jedi font found HERE (size 190). 
After printing the document I cut it out and traced it backwards onto my white fabric that was already treated for applique. Then I cut all my fabric letters out. 
Step 2: cut out pillow front and back.  
Since I was working with a 20 x 20 pillow, I cut a 22 x 22 square for my front and two-13 x 22 rectangles for the back.  What ever the size you make, add an inch for the boarder and and inch for  your seams. 
Step 3: add lettering to the front.
Using my clear ruler, I laid out my lettering so it would be centered. Once it was all in place, I ironed it down. I put a towel under it so I could iron on my table, since it wouldn’t all fit on an ironing board.  
Step 4: stitch down lettering
I used a zig-zag stitch because it reminded me of the embroidery on the original. A straight stitch would be easier. Use a short stitch to avoid going over the edges. 
Step 5: adding the back 
I hemmed one side of each of the back panels. Then with right sides together I places the first panel on top of the front piece. Make sure the finished edges are on the inside of the pillow and your edges line up.  
Next I put the second back panel down, overlapping the first. Pin and stitch around the edges. 
Step six: adding the boarder
I flipped the pillow right side out and pressed all my seams and corners. Then I used my ruler again with a chalk pencil to draw a line one inch from the sides around the entire pillow. 
Next I sewed over the chalk lines first with navy blue thread then again with a double stitch in white.
When your done slip your pillow inside the opening. 
* I made my own pillow form using a standard $4 pillow from Walmart. I measured 20″ over and cut the pillow in half then stitched up the opening. It was a lot cheaper than any other square pillow forms I found. 
I can’t wait to knock-off some more items for his room. 

Head over to Kojo Designs for Lil Blue Boo’s fun wall hanging knock off!

If you haven’t been over to Knock Off Decor (the sponsor of this series) yet, head on over today! There are seriously fantastic knock off tutorials and inspiration galore!


  1. Love the pillow! I have girls, so they aren’t going for Star Wars, but there are so many sayings you could add to a pillow. If you could find the right font, die-cutting the letters would make this project even easier.

  2. Super cute. My little guys don’t do the Star Wars thing, but I kind of wish they did!

  3. love that pillow…

  4. I love it! I just bought this pillow! :/ I think Kalleen should just move next door to me and save me from over-paying next time! 🙂 What a fabulous knock-off!

  5. Love this pillow. I have also sent the link to a few friends who have boys who would enjoy it! Great project.


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