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

it all started with paint

… 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


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 …

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

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5. Now it’s time to make the ruffle …

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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 …

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… 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. says

    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!

  2. says

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

    I love your pillows!

    And thank you for allowing them their dignity!


  3. says

    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.


  4. says

    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!

  5. says

    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. :)

  6. says

    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.

  7. says

    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!

  8. says

    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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