Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Pottery Barn Knockoff

If you ever get a Pottery Barn Kids catalogue in the mail, have you noticed how cute the stuffed toys are? Well, I do, and so do my kids. In the latest one, Addison and Anna loved these dog pillows, and these owls. I have a niece who is turning two this fall, and Addison and Jack have birthday's this fall too, so I decided these would make great gifts.


I was a little nervous about the dog, but Addison was really in love with it, so I looked a bit closer and decided to go for it.
I had some vintage tweed in my stash, a belt buckle and some bias binding. I even had lots of stuffing. It looks like it is just the dog shape with a long strip for the middle, so I drew my dog shape on the back of the fabric, cut out two pieces, then measured all the way around the dog (93") and cut a strip 3" by 93". I am pretty pleased with the way it came out. I really like the collar. He may need a bit more stuffing though.



Then the owl! I love owl's, and these were so easy to make. I wanted them to have a little character, so I didn't worry about sewing the faces on straight or anything.
Now, I just have to be strong and wait until the fall to wrap them, and see the kids reactions.....that is the best part!

19 comments:

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Adorable. Someday I want to have your sewing ability.

Julie said...

What cute stuffed toys... you are so talented!

APA said...

I just started sewing in October 2007 and can't wait until I'm comfortable enough to capably "wing it" like you demonstrate here. I still need a pattern unless it's cutting out a square or rectangle.

Your blog is lovely. I'm glad I stumbled on it recently and have linked to it so my friends & family can share in the joy.

Karen said...

Those owls are adorable! I would love to try that out...mine would turn out like little stuffed blobs probably though :)

angie said...

These are so cute. I'm a Pottery Barn Knock off junkie. I had my dad make my girls the house book shelf modelled after the PB one.

QuiltedSimple said...

How pretty - love them - you are so good at winging it with these types of things!
Kris

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

What sweet softies - love teh owls especially!

My Love is..... said...

cute!! Luv the owl.... my handsome would go crazy for the dog!! well done.

jona said...

Aha! I saw that dog at Pottery Barn yesterday and thought "hmmm...that wouldn't be too hard to copy." I see I'm not the only one thinking like that! Great job!

a friend to knit with said...

katie! those are adorable. we notice those in the pb catalog too! and yours are even better. the little collar on the dog is just perfect!

Me said...

These are gorgeous, well done! I'm in love with that owl and may just have to try one myself.
I've saved the link to pb...don't think we have it here....to thoroughly scrutinize later...thanks!

lucky knitter said...

Very cute and a great gift idea! Love the collar.

Sandy kisses said...

What a fabulous and creative idea! Thay are so cute!

Kathy said...

They look so great! You did a great job. I love the owls. I know your kids will love them. And you will love seeing them play with them :)

I do the same thing - I see the item in Pottery Barn Kids, and think, oh how cute! I bet I could make that for a LOT LESS! Of course, I haven't done it YET, but I do have an idea list of things I'd like to do that was inspired by their items in their catalog or store.

I bought my daughters bed quilt from PBK, and I loved it. I wasn't sure I could make one that I loved as much. Now, I am ready to make my sons. I feel a little guily that he'll have a handmade one and she won't. So..that means I might just need to make another when I am done with the first!

Regi said...

Very sweet Katie... I especially love the little blue owl!

~Regi

bizzy mommy said...

these are great! i just may have to try and work up some of those owls! good job!

Stephanie said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. The stuffed animals are adorable!!
Stephanie

amandajean said...

how cute! I bet the kids will love them.

Shannon said...

I just got the catalog with the owls in it and I tore the page out. I was thinking of using it for applique inspiration. Great minds think alike!

BTW, I used one of the patterns you supplied. Thanks! Love it!