My 3 Monsters: {31 Days to a Brand New Room}Day 20: French Knot Pillow Cover

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{31 Days to a Brand New Room}
Day 20: French Knot Pillow Cover

If you're joining us for the first time today, welcome!  This is day 20 of a 31-day series about how to give a room in your home a brand new look, from top to bottom, completely DIY. 

Thanks for checking in again today!  I've got another accent pillow project to share with you.  I should warn you, this one was a little bit tedious to make, but the results are really cool.  I love french knots.  I don't know why -- it's a weird obsession.  I fell in love with these projects that I saw on Pinterest and knew I had to make one of my own:

{by Emma Smart via Oh Happy Day}

Hello . . . an image created entirely with french knots?!  That's insane!  And sooooo coool!  I printed out my word -- we chose love -- and lightly traced it onto a piece of white canvas.  Then I made french knots all around the outline of my letters.  For hours.  And days.  Thousands of french knots with bright pink embroidery floss on white canvas.  Until I thought my eyes would be crossed forever.  And then some.  

Until I ended up with this:

I have to resist every urge within me to keep from reworking the shape of it -- adding a couple more knots here or there.  It's supposed to be random and imperfect, right?  I finished this pillow with a zipper, just like the one yesterday, and used striped grosgrain ribbon for a pleated ruffle across the top and bottom.  

I also found a piece of this perfect Amy Butler fabric at Goodwill for $1 to use for the back to make it a bit more interesting.

Just look at these french knots.  How could you "knot" love them -- har, har!

At this point, after making my sweater and now this pillow, I think I could make french knots in my sleep.  There are worse things, I guess.  It was a crazy lot of work, but I absolutely adore the one-of-a-kind results!

I hope you'll come back tomorrow to see how I fared in my first attempt at honeycomb smocking . . .



  1. Found you on Lil Luna link party. I would never in a million years attempt this, but I absolutely LOOOOVE it! Really cute! Thanks for sharing :)

    ~Jess @

  2. I love this. Please link it to my linky party & anything else you have to share. It just went live a little early :) Thanks, Peggy.

  3. Wow, what a labor of love...really no pun intended. I think this looks fantastic. Well done!

  4. Wow...this is really beautiful and worth all the hard work. Love it!
    I would LOVE for you to link this up at my Ginger Jamboree Link Party!!


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