I decided that my little ruffle pillow needed a friend. I like my pillows to have buddies! So I have been sitting on this idea for a while, and decided I needed to put it to the test last night. I started at about 9 pm and finished up after 11. Not too terribly long, but longer than I wanted to be up!
The stripes are made with the same fabric I used for the fan ruffles on the other pillow. It’s from Ikea. I was going to do a whole picture tutorial, but after I got going I realized I was doing it much different than I would if I ever had to make one again so I stopped taking pictures. I do have a couple relevant photos from the “making of” portion and some directions and tips if you want to make your own.
To make your pillow you will need a base fabric and an accent fabric. I really like the shiny, sheer effect of this pillow, but I think it would also be cute (and much easier) with a cotton for the accent. Decide what size pillow you are going to make and measure the length of the diagonal of that shape. (I know there is a mathematical way to figure out the hypotenuse of the triangle- Gwen- any suggestions?) but I just measured it out. (actually, I didn’t measure it out, I just guessed and that’s why my pillow had to be 2″ smaller) Take that length and add 2 inches, this will give you plenty of breathing room. Cut 3 strips of base fabric 4″ wide by the length you measured, and 4 strips 5″ wide by the length you measured. Then cut 3 strips of your accent fabric 4″ wide by two times the length you measured. Run gathering stitches along both sides of each accent strip.
Finally- a relevant picture! Take your accent strip and fold it in half, pinch to make a crease. Do the same thing with your 4″ wide base fabric. Match up the creases and pin with right sides facing up on both pieces.
Gather up the sides of the accent fabric and pin along the base fabric. It will look like this. (a note, the center strip is the only one that needs to be gathered the entire length of the base strip, the outer edges will be cut significantly and really only need to be gathered in the center, so don’t spend all day gathering pieces that will get cut off. Use a ruler or template of the finished pillow to determine how long your gathered pieces need to be on the sides.)