DIY billy ball pillow


Over on the West Elm blog today I’m sharing an easy DIY tutorial for making your own billy ball pillow! It starts with a purchased pillow cover, which is great if you don’t sew or if you’re just looking for a little crafty embellishment to spruce up a pillow you already have around the house.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAll you need is a pillow cover (of course you can use any pillow cover, but in this post we’re using the West Elm Cotton Velvet Duo Pillow Cover, which I love because it’s made from a linen fabric that has a great criss-cross weave that’s the perfect texture for embroidery. It’s kind of begging to be cross-stitched, too!), plus a little bit of yarn and embroidery floss, and of course needles and scissors.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe billy ball stems are made from split stitch (sometimes called back stitch), which is my all-time favorite embroidery stitch for making basic lines. I use it all the time. Over in the post I give a very detailed step-by-step for how to make this stitch, so head over there to check it out if it’s new to you!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe billy ball tops are made from cute little yarn pom poms, and I show my favorite method for pom-makin’. (Personally, I find the pom pom tools confusing/cumbersome and I like to make them just by wrapping the yarn around my hands!)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd voila! DIY billy balls! Isn’t this project so springy, and doesn’t it give you so much hope that someday we will see the sun again?! Sigh.

Head on over to the West Elm blog for the full tutorial on this project (there are tons of photos, if embroidery and pom poms are new to you, it’s broken down into really easy steps). Thanks to West Elm for having me! xo

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  • Ashley at The Feisty Redhead

    Ooooh, love it! This will be perfect décor for my new apartment. Now I just need to find a couch…

  • heidi

    I love this! I have been in a pompom/billy ball making frenzy for the past few days. I thought I was going to make some garland with them, but this is so much better.

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