A Fun Funky Gucci Inspired Pillow Hack

4 Materials
1 Hour

One thing I never thought I'd make is a Gucci hack. I didn't even know they had a homeware range until I came across their gorgeous pillows on Pinterest. However, when I looked at the price tag I knew I wouldn't be buying one, they were over $1000 each !. Mine is the $10 version.

But I soon realised that they would be pretty easy and affordable to recreate. They basically consisted of embroidery patched on either velvet or tartan fabric and were trimmed with a coloured fringe.

I decided to make the pillows out of two of my favourite fabrics to upcycle denim and tartan/plaid. You can see all my wonderful denim pillow creations here.

The embroidery patches were easy to source off Amazon and only cost about £3 ($5).

I even managed to find the orange silk fringe on Amazon which was very similar to that on the original Gucci pillows.

The tartan fabric I used was from an old mini skirt which I unpicked.

For the back of the pillow, I used denim fabric cut from the leg of an old pair of jeans.

I cut the denim fabric and the tartan to the size of pillow I wanted to make. One for each side. 42cmx 42cm fabric sizes for a pillow that would be 40cm x 40cm. This was to allow for a 1cm seam allowance.

I arranged the embroidery patches on the front of the pillow and pinned them in place.

The patches I used were iron-on ones. Using a hot iron and a piece of protective fabric, I ironed the patches to the tartan/plaid fabric.

Next, pin the fringe trim to the right side of the front of the cushion. Pin it all around the edge. Then stitch the trim in place using a sewing machine.

I then pinned the denim fabric and the tartan fabric right sides together. Stich the two pieces together, leave a gap large enough for the pillow/cushion inserts on one side.

Turn the tiger pillow right sides out, using the hole left for the insert. Place the pillow pad in the cover and hand stitch the hole closed.

Or if you can add a zipper at this stage to the pillow, if you prefer.

To finish off, there will be a thread holding the edges of the fringe together, if you gently pull this it will come away and release the edges.

Visit the link in the bio at the end for more photos and details plus links to patches and fringe on Amazon.

I loved how this Gucci pillow turned out, I made another one with another old tartan skirt I had.

Don't throw away any tartan scraps you have left they can be used to make some cute tartan trees for Christmas (see here).

Suggested materials:

  • Old tartan/plaid skirt
  • Old pair of jeans
  • Embroidery patches
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Claire at Pillarboxblue
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  • Ell14229700 Ell14229700 on Oct 07, 2021

    I am not sure I am brave or talented enough to make this pillow but it is one of the best projects I have seen on Hometalk. I would love to have your pillow in my home....I might even be tempted to pay Gucci money for it 😊.

  • Leslie Leslie on Oct 07, 2021

    Great pillow, thank you for sharing how you made it. Your sense of humor is wonderful. I chuckled when I saw the sentiment on it lol.

    • Claire at Pillarboxblue Claire at Pillarboxblue on Oct 08, 2021

      Thank you so much. Sit Down is actually a song too and was my wedding song so the pillow has a double meaning.