>Pleated Pillow

>Happy MLK Jr. Day! I am so thankful to have off of work today!

I’ve been a little obsessed with pillows lately. I don’t really know why! I made this pillow…and just wanted to make more and more after that!
I decided to combine my love for pillows (and the fact that pillow forms are 50% off at JoAnns this week!) with the new color scheme I’ve seen everywhere: yellow & gray. Just take a look at some of these fun things I found on Etsy:

Cute, right?! I do not have ANYTHING that would match with this…but I wanted to make something to sell on Etsy with this color scheme. Here’s my ATTEMPT at a tutorial (my first sewing one…yikes!) I’ll say it again…I am NOT a sewing expert at ALL.

First, cut out your fabric an inch bigger than your pillow form:

I also cut fabric that was a little more than double the height of the pillow. Now, my original plan was to have two ruffles of that fabric on the right…but that failed miserably. Oh, so bad. I really ended up only using one of those strips in the end…so just ignore the second one 🙂

I made my embellishment first. I folded it with the right sides together, and sewed them on one side:

Then I turned it “inside out”…and ironed it flat. Now, I was trying to make a ruffle out of this originally. Epic fail. I used the strongest thread I had…read so many tutorials online…and still…FAIL! I didn’t take a picture, I was SO frustrated. SO, I found this tutorial on how to sew cute little pleats…and it was SUPER easy! I first sewed the pleat, and then sewed it again onto the pillow’s fabric. They’re not perfect…and I used a contrasting thread, so it’s a little more noticable, but I’m getting over it:

I then sewed a simple rectangular pillow cover, and I pinned the pleated embellishment on so it all sewed together. Make sure you leave a big enough “hole” so you can put your pillow form in:

Then, I hand-stitched the open seam (using a white thread)…and it’s all done!


Megan used her $10 credit toward this pillow on my Etsy shop…yay! Come check out the rest of the items I have listed though…they’re all very reasonably priced, and they’re made with love 🙂

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28 Responses to “>Pleated Pillow”
  1. Tanya says:

    >Cute! I'm not a huge grey fan, but love the embellishment!

  2. Rhiannon says:

    >wow looks great, as you can see im a big fan of that color combo!

  3. >That pillow is super cute! And you're absolutely right, that color combo is everywhere! It makes me want to redo my living room 🙂

  4. >Adorable! I love the color combo.

  5. Megan says:

    >ahhh OBSESSED. i love yellow and grey, too. that's what i'm thinking of for our living room. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. thanks for sharing! heading to joanns/hobby lobby now. 🙂

  6. Mom2One says:

    >That's simply adorable! I've got to try this sometime SOON! Great job. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. >I have to agree…love yellow and gray! The pattern is awesome too, love it!

  8. Kendall says:

    >Christina! I know it's been forever since I've been in blogland! I just found out I am having a baby boy and the hubby and I couldn't be more excited- post soon with pictures!xo

  9. >Love this! I need some sewing talent like you! I appreciate you linking up to the 1st Project of the Year Party again! Please be sure to add the party button to the actual post so you are eligible to win and be featured! Thanks so much!!

  10. Haven says:

    >Very cute! Thank you for the tutorial! I love the yellow and gray combo too! Those are the colors that I have in our living room!

  11. >Must be something in the air… I have been on a pillow making frenzy too! I love the ruffle you added. Cute!

  12. maleahbliss says:

    >Very cute! i too am loving yellow and grey of late! 🙂 I'd love for you to link this up to my linky party, Tute {Yourself} Tuesday! LittleEme.blogspot.com

  13. Jill says:

    >I think your pleat looks perfect! Great work!Thanks for linking up to A Round Tuit! Hope you have a lovely week!Jill @ Creating my way to Successhttp://jembellish.blogspot.com/

  14. >Hey- I just wanted to let you know that I am highlighting this pillow today on Polly Want a Crafter! Hope you get some visits!Thanks for linking up to the party!

  15. >Oh, hello. I love your pillow.:)

  16. >I just got a new bed comforter and needed some throw pillows and this is PERFECT!!! Came from A Glimpse Inside. easypeasycraft.blogspot.com

  17. retrohipmama says:

    >Okay, this is super cute! I am also loving yellow and grey right now. Made a purse and am still loving the color scheme. Love your pillow cover…very awesome and now on my project list!

  18. >This looks great! That yellow and gray–I want it!!

  19. Allison says:

    >CUTE! Love your fabric! I'm a yellow and gray fan! Thanks for linking up!

  20. Cami says:

    >I have been wanting to make one of these forever! You just gave me the motivation to get my backside into gear! This is beautiful 🙂

  21. Ginger says:

    >So cute! Visiting from Somewhat Simple. Come visit me sometime at SSB!http://superstinkyboys.blogspot.comxoxoGinger

  22. >I love the ruffle detail…I'm trying to get up the courage to make a pillow like this…

  23. Melody says:

    >What a pretty color combo. It turned out beautifully.

  24. >So, so cute, love this color combo! Thanks so much to linking up to Beyond the Picket Fence.

  25. >Super, super, cute, Christina! You did a fantastic job with your fabric choices. Don't give up on learning the basics of sewing – especially ruffle making. You can buy a special foot for your machine to do that, by the way. Just keep studying the how-tos and practicing. That's how I taught myself.Thanks for linking to the party. Your creations are getting better and better all the time. ;)Blessings,Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottagehttp://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

  26. Stuff by Ash says:

    >Gorgeous! Love the fabric and the colors! Thanks for the great tutorial.

  27. Nadine says:

    >where did you get that fabric? gorgeous. I'm redo-ing my living room in these colors.

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