signed, sealed … and soon to be delivered … they’re yours

Pillowgate has come to an end.  Deep throat has spoken.  And at the risk of being impeached, I’m going with full-disclosure …

… full disclosure, that is, of how I made these …

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… that are part of this

… that were packed up …

Pass it on box

… and sent out this weekend to these lovely bloggers …

    DIY Show Off Project Parade    
    Adventures Of Our Fami-Ly     Adventures Of Our Fami-Ly


Before I jump into the tutorial, let me share a little tip.  You see, I’m cheap.  And pillow forms are just too pricey for me.  So I made my own.  I cut up an inexpensive duvet cover, sewed up along the seams and stuffed with a deconstructed $9.00 body pillow from Target.

Now onto how I made my 14” x 14” ruffle pillows …

1. I started with canvas drop cloth.  I purchased mine at Mendards.  It was on sale for $7 for a 4’ x 15’ sheet.  You can find them at any home improvement store …


2. Wash and dry the drop cloth.  With detergent.  And some fabric softener sheets.

… if not you’ll end up with a pillow cover that will feel fat after the first wash.  Trust me, pillow covers already have enough ‘form’ issues to deal with — what with their bloated middles and those karate chopping designers …

3.  Now it’s time to measure the width of your pillow against the fabric. Then snip.  Then rip.  That’s a huge plus about drop cloth.  You can rip a perfectly straight line …

4. Wrap your strip of fabric around the pillow. Overlap the envelope seams at 3-to-5 inches. Pin and sew.

5. Now it’s time to make the ruffle …

Cut a 3 1/2” strip about 45” long.  Set machine on its longest stitch. Stich two rows.  Then pull threads and ruffle and pull and ruffle and pull and ruffle …

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6. And now I realized I needed my envelope pillow cover in three pieces.  This way I could “hide” the rough edges of the ruffle in a seam. So I wrapped it around the form, snipped on the right and left edges and ripped …

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7. Then I sewed the ruffle to the front pillow piece …

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… and don’t skip this step.  Trust me. the ruffle won’t stay ruffled and there will be some cursing as you deconstruct the entire pillow by removing each and every stitch …

8. And now it’s time to pin right sides together.  Stitch it all around. Cut corners and excess fabric.  Press open seams …

… and insert pillow form …

Ruffle Pillow on Porch

Now I worked hard on these pillows …

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So no butt-crack karate chopping allowed …

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The Pass it On project is the brainchild of Karah at the space between.  If you want to get involved, just click here

Oh, and for the record, I am not a crook.

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  1. This is great. Your tutorial is really comprehensive–well done, you!

  2. Love the step-by-step and clear pictures. You’ve got me thinking that maybe even I could sew a pillow. In fact, I think I can take your method and make some covers for some chair cushions that have been on my to-do list since, oh, October!

  3. These are so fantastic, they make me want to learn how to sew…

  4. Yeah and I bet “you didn’t steal the tapes” either!!!

    I love your pillows!

    And thank you for allowing them their dignity!


  5. I can’t wait to get mine in the mail! You did an amazing job, I love the ruffles.


  6. Oh Nixon, you’re hilarious :) Great project great pillows….I better get my butt in gear and start passing it on.

  7. Adorable pillow — really, I MUST get some drop cloths and get to sewing soon!

  8. yay! i can’t wait!!! :)

  9. Those pillows are so cute! I’m definitely going to keep the ruffle tutorial in mind! Our master bedroom could use a softer touch and the ruffles are calling to me!

  10. Super cute pillows! I love the ruffles!

  11. I love the tip on the pillow forms! I’m all about some cheap workarounds. The pillows are gorgeous!

  12. You did a fantastic job on your pillow Linda. Loving those ruffles. What a wonderful project!

  13. What did the president know and when did he know it? Did he wiretap your sewing room so he could make his own pillows?

    I can’t wait to receive mine, and if I put it where I am thinking I will I am going to have to follow that tutorial because I will need two.


  14. The pillows are sew cute! Loving the ruffle accent.

    “no butt-crack karate chopping allowed …”
    That! Made me laugh =)

  15. How adorable! I love this cover!! Some projects even make me wish I had a sewing machine… but then I recover & move on. Lol!

    Happy Easter!

  16. I didn’t know Nixon could sew!? Makes me want to learn so I can fill my house with these fabulous pillows! What a fun surprise for everyone to receive!

  17. They are so pretty.
    And, you pictures really make the process clear.
    ~ Dana

  18. Great job Linda. Your hard work definitely shows! They look awesome! (Can’t stop laughing about the butt-crack karate chop.)

  19. I wasn’t sure whether to start this comment with Finally! or Do pillows really need packing peanuts when mailed? but am not sure either express exactly how awesome I think these pillows are. Just beautiful. And thanks so much for the project shout outs. :)

  20. I am visiting via Addicted 2 Decorating. I absolutely adore your pillow.

    I created several spring projects on my blog this week. Please stop by if you have a moment.

    Have a lovely Easter weekend.

  21. What a lovely pillow! I love making pillows too, and love anything with ruffles, they just make everything so much prettier :o) Your pillow is beautiful! Love the natural look!

  22. Excellent idea and very pretty! I may give it a try. I pinned it to share with others. Diane

  23. oh i love this! i would love for you to link this post or any other posts you want up to my weekly link party called spread the love. it’s a weekend wrap up party where you can share anything and everything you want! there is also a really awesome vinyl giveaway going on there right now too, so go check it out!
    have a wonderful weekend!
    {love} lauryn @

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