Bette Davis Eyes Pillow

I’m totally smitten with the quirky Jonathan Adler needlepoint pillows!  Aren’t we all?!

They just spell fun!  Well, actually some spell Acapulco and Anger and Sparkle.

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But the one I really fell hard for is the Eyes Pillow or let’s call her, Bette Davis Eyes.  And I totally thought that Savannah would get a kick out of having such a unique pillow in her room.  She’s fresh like that.


But $100 buckeroo price tag?  Hmm… I figured that I could whip something up for less and not get all cray on her for actually using the pillow.  Not that I ever get cray or even know what cray means.  Wink.

So first things first… I printed out the actual copy of Jonathan’s eye pillow design.  (Is it ok if I call you Jonathan?  Especially if I’m literally ripping off your fabulous design???)  And I cut out the eye portions, keeping them whole so that I could “transfer” the design to my pillow.

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Using a pencil, I simply marked the areas that would be stitched in black.

Make sure it’s straight!  Well, unless you like that sorta thing.

Grab your embroidery floss, an embroidery needle and check out this brick stitch.


Brick Stitch

That’s all I did.  For like a million hours… ok, not a million, but maybe 3 in all.


You can see where my marks were and how my brick stitch was… not perfect in the least, but it was fine!  It made it look like the design was drawn in pencil.

Once I finished up, I pulled the pillow inside out and put some fabric glue on the stitches so they would hold up in the wash.  Although I’d probably still wash it in a mesh bag.


And then for fun, I put in a few tassels on the ends.  You can find the ones I used here… they’re leather and truly adorable.  They say I love you in teenager.

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So cute!  So easy!  (Especially if you are like me and found the pillow already made on clearance.  Damn, I’m good.)

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And yes those are a peek at Savannah’s polka dot sheets which I found at Kohl’s and can’t find on-line for the life of me!  They were $40 and super perfect.  They say, I like to party but only after I do my homework… also in teenager.

How do I know?  Well, even though my body has aged my brain hasn’t.  It comes in handy.

The pillow is so cute that I’m seriously thinking about making one for myself.  A few ideas that have crossed my mind… “Vogue,” for my favorite song, or “Just Don’t,” cause that would be hilarious with my boys, or maybe just a bottle of tequila…

Got any ideas?

Happy Creating!  Tootles, Jessica


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