Pulling from my completed project files, this is a project that I did just shy of a year ago. A couple years ago, I sewed some basic pillow covers using blue microfiber fabric purchased on the cheap from Joann’s Fabrics. Eventually I decided I wanted to dress them up, but it took a while to land on the right idea. This West Elm felted origami pillow was the perfect solution.
It took a bit of time, but was very easy to make. From looking at the pillow, I realized that each little piece of the pattern was created by using squares and then folding in the corners. I liked the scale of the pattern on the West Elm pillow, so I measured the length of my pillow and divided by 6 to figure out how long to make each side of the squares. I then cut 36 squares, ironed them in half on the diagonal, and used a glue gun to put a dab of glue in the middle of each square and fold in the two opposite corners on the diagonal.
I then arranged all of the pieces on the pillow cover, pinned them in place and hot glued each one on. I’m very pleased with how it came out, and especially so because it was a free update. 🙂 The felted grey wool definitely speaks to me, but I was trying to work with what I had. If I ever were to do another one, I would definitely go for the felted wool. I wouldn’t recommend the microfiber because I do get a bit of fraying (nothing that a quick snip of the scissors can’t fix, though).
Pretty darn close to the real thing, right? 🙂