You've got mail pillow DIY

By Julia Dilworth, 24 hours Vancouver


Small size, big impact is the best kind of DIY. With few materials, this canvas throw pillow project from Jennifer Scott of design firm A Good Chick To Know is as affordable as it is fashionable.

Canvas, burlap and other raw textiles are becoming hot commodities in home decor. “While it seemed like a trend at first, we are seeing it used in a wider variety of ways,” Scott said. This look is part of the larger ‘industrial’ décor trend, which A Good Chick To Know uses as a neutral style to ground many others.

Typography-based prints are also a favourite of Scott’s this season. Mix these with her other main crush, florals, to create a look that says ‘Decor Risk-Taker’ even in a safe and neutral colour palette.

For this project, the Vancouver interior designer repurposed a vintage U.S. Mail bag from Union Wood Co., but the beauty of DIY throw-pillowing is that you can source any cover you like.

To keep the project foolproof, seek out a cover with grommets like Scott’s. “Even the domestically challenged can whip it up in a cinch — there’s no sewing!” assured the designer. “If you can lace your shoes, you can definitely pull this one off.”

Industrial pillow DIY:


  • a cover you like
  • pillow inserts
  • twine

1. Find a cool industrial canvas or burlap sack to use as the cover. Scott has seen similar finds at Space Lab and Shop Wrong Collective.

2. Insert the pillows (inserts) into the sack. Choose one or two depending on how full you want the final product to be. (Scott’s favourite inserts are from Ikea because there are multiple filling options — down, cotton, etc., and you can’t beat the price point).

3. Lace the opening closed using twine (or rope, or leather) through the grommets.

Catch interior designer Jennifer Scott of A Good Chick To Know at the BC Home and Garden Show, on now at BC Place until Feb. 23.

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