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Crafts for home decor and gifts: chevron ruffle pillow – tutorial

Sewing  |  September 20th 2011  |  0 Comment
I LOVE this pillow.
It combines all of the things I’m loving right now – burlap, ruffles, and chevron.
Yummy :D
I’ll show you how to make your own!
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • burlap
  • fabric for ruffles
  • piping (I used pre-made)
  • pillow stuffing (or pillow form if you’d like)
  • scissors
  • pins
  • needle and thread
  • sewing machine
  • regular and piping foot attachments

STEP ONE:  Cut out 2 pieces of burlap for the base of the pillow (one for the front & one for the back) in the dimension you want.  Leaving yourself a 1/2 inch seam allowance on all sides.

STEP TWO:  Rip or cut fabric for ruffles.  I like to rip my fabric because I like the look it gives me.  My strips were about 1.5 inches wide by double the height of my pillow.

STEP THREE:  Stitch ruffles using your sewing machine set to the longest stitch length.  Leave yourself long threads and the beginning and end, and then pull one of the threads to create the ruffle.  I used white thread so it would show up in the picture.  Use a thread that matches your fabric.


STEP FOUR:  Place and pin ruffles to front of pillow.  Machine stitch in place.


STEP FIVE:  Pin your piping into place on the front piece of fabric, going over any ruffles at the edges.  When you get to the corners, cut a series of slits into the piping to allow it to curve nicely.  Using your sewing foot for piping, sew piping into place.  Overlap the beginning and end of the piping.

STEP SIX:  Sew the back piece in place.  The easiest way I’ve found to do this without messing up the piping is to turn the pillow around so that the wrong side of the front of the pillow is facing up.  That way you can stitch directly over your previous stitches, using them as a guide.  Leave yourself enough of an opening to turn the pillow right side out and stuff.  Trim any excess.

STEP SEVEN:  Turn right side out and stuff.  I chose to use stuffing because the dimensions I wanted my pillow to be were not available in a form.

STEP EIGHT:  Hand stitch opening close (sorry, I realized after the fact that I didn’t take a picture of this) and enjoy!