Anthropologie Heart Pillow

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In my quest to define what I want this blog to be as I move forward, I fear I let it become nothing …

 

Silent.

 

Project-less.  Uninspiring.  Inconsistent.

 

Sigh.

 

I’m so sorry.  Truly, that’s not what I was going for.  I was hoping to give it direction.  A purpose.

 

A plan.

 

Because I’m a plan person.  And without a plan, I’m all over the place.

 

Case in point: The Etsy shop.  I opened it almost two years ago with no plan.  I just stuck it up there.  Orders trickled in.  Not bad.  Not great …

 

until January 1, 2014.

 

That’s when I created a plan.  A simple plan, at that.  I added more listings to my paltry shop offerings.  I added Etsy search ads (they bump my shop up in searches).  And in 23 days I’ve sold 34 items …

 

 wait make that 35; a new order just came in while I edited this post.

 

Gulp.

 

It’s gotten to the point where I’m afraid to check my email, fearing a sold order notification.  It’s gotten to the point where I’ve stopped adding new listings.  It’s gotten to the point where I’m seriously considering stopping those search ads …

 

or even closing the shop so I can catch up on outstanding orders!

 

Behold the power of a simple plan …

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And when I made this Anthropologie knock-off heart pillow last week, the plan was to list it at the Etsy …

 

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And I will certainly list this one. Just this one. Because it’s made and ready to go …

 

but the question up for grabs …

 

if it sells, do I renew right away?

 

Or maybe I should just direct potential customers here.  To this post where I’m sharing with you how I made it.  Starting with 4 different sizes of hearts …

 

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I even made a PDF of the hearts I created.  You know, in case I decide to renew that pillow and need to make more.  Oh, and you can download my heart shapes PDF file by clicking here …

 

Heart Shapes for Anthro Pillow Template PDF from It All Started With Paint

 

I folded the hearts in half … and folded the fabric in half … and then pinned the half heart to the folded in half fabric at the fold and cut.   Phew.  That’s a mouthful.  Luckily I have a picture of what I mean …

 

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Next up I frayed the edges.  I just used my fingers to pull at the threads …

 

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Just be careful or you may pull off more threads than you meant to …

 

I then laid the hearts out on the fabric until I found a design that pleased me.  And I pinned in place …

 

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Now, the Anthropologie pillow used a contrast thread color when sewn in place.  I was skeptical about my skills in sewing around the hearts.  I figured it would look a mess.  Especially around the little ones.  So I played it safe and used a  non-contrast thread …

 

 

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Turns out, it looks pretty good.  Maybe next time I’ll try it with a contrast thread in black or brown …

 

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I also didn’t use as many hearts as the Anthropologie version because, well, that would be a lot of hearts to sew on …

 

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which may account for why the Anthropologie version  retails for $198.00.  I’m thinking I may retail mine for somewhere between $34-36.

 

Now if I can just come up with a simple plan for the blog that could yield a similar rate of success …

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Comments

  1. says

    Yay for you! That’s great! I’m going to do an etsy shop with a friend to help get rid of all the vintage smalls from the booth, which I will be closing this spring. I’m not even making my rent, which isn’t going to work for me. SO…just like you…I’m back to the dad-gummed drawing board.

  2. says

    What a cute pillow! Lately I’m finding it easier to go with the flow rather than making plans. I hope you are successful in yours. I’m still laughing that Kirby said “dad-gummed”…don’t see that in print every day!

  3. Sharon H says

    Now, see….? This is exactly why I keep procrastinating about opening an Etsy Shop! What if it really takes off, and I’m flooded with orders….CRAPOLA….it’d turn into a real J. O. B. and I’d end up having to W. O. R. K. again….oh what to do, what to do! LOL, but congratulations on YOUR conundrum!

  4. says

    Don’t do it!! That pillow will fly out of the Etsy shop like pancakes fly off a plate. I’ve never seen pancakes fly, but pillows fly through the air here all the time. I wouldn’t let anyone throw that heart pillow. Still with me on this? The pillow is awesome. Everyone should get their pillows from you, I should know I have one.

  5. Deneen@dreaming-n-color says

    Linda good for you” it is a lot of work. I have let mine go to. My suggestion would be to put a message up that says ” due to tons of orders , I will not be accepting any at this time till I catch up. Please check back” you can have a number that decreases when you get them done so people will know where they stand. It is a lot of work make sure you prices reflect that. Good luck!

  6. Gwen says

    I love your dry wit!!! Your post IS fun to read. I absolutely love the pillow as is but then I never looked at the anthro version. Wow. It’s not really a knock off. It’s inspired by but its your own. If its stuffed your price is great. See? You do have plans for both places!! And yes, it wouldn’t be so bad to stock a few extra. For one can cut three pillows of hearts pretty easily at once right? It’s just the sewing part. Good luck!

  7. Gena says

    I noticed the Anthropologie pillow was stitched with a dark thread. Did you decide that light thread would look better? Your pillow is gorgeous–so glad you made it.

  8. says

    Linda I love your blog and what you have to say no matte what you are sharing. I am with Bliss, hold onto thud pillow! Sooo happy for you your Etsy shop is such a success!

  9. Dawn Dayringer says

    Actually, I like your pillow better than the Anthro version! Congratulations! And, yes, if it sells you should make another right away!

  10. says

    Congrats on your Etsy success! Your plan is totally working! And I love the pillow too. I am not really a ‘heart’ person in general, but I love how understated and fun your pillow is. (Also, I realize saying I am not a heart person makes me sound heartless – that is not what I meant!)

  11. says

    I adore this! I really wanted to fray my heart edges but my project had to be no sew and I didn’t know if the wonder under would work. Anyway, congrats on the Etsy shop sales! I am always turning on and off my Search ads. I never know how much I should spend so it’s always a crap shoot! Hope you are surviving the Chicago winter. Personally I am pretty much done with winter and I bet you are too. We need to catch up soon!

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