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5.12.2010

Pink Pleated Pillow Tutorial




Okay... so you know how you have an idea, but you're not really quite sure how you're going to execute it... well... THIS was one of those kids of projects. lol.
I had this extra material left, from making my shower curtain extension... and wanted to make a pillow, but the form I had was square... and I just had this long piece of pink fabric left...


I had seen a pleated pillow in one of my favorite fabric stores a while back, and then also remembered seeing a really cute one on V and Co.  too...
She actually sells her patterns! You can buy this one HERE

So I was off to try my hand at one  :)

I cut my long piece of fabric into three sections.
like so.
About the size of my pillow form, plus half.

Then free handed a ruffle on either side of the large piece of fabric


It looked like this after I was done.


Kinda billowy and full


Then I kinda pleated/folded the fabric to fit onto another square piece of fabric, the size of my pillow



I sewed up one side of the pleat onto the pillow sized piece... like so.
Here it is with ONE side done... so you can see what I mean.
( I don't know if you can see it, but the pillow sized piece of fabric is pieced together too.  You'll never see it, so it doesn't matter)


Then I sewed the other side of the pleated fabric onto the square pillow form, and flipped it right side out!
So it now looked like this!



I knew I wanted to make a "slip in back" (what is that really called? lol) for this pillow...
So I measured out some white fabric a little larger than my pillow form, cut it into two pieces...


And sewed a seam up each exposed side... and then sewed down a bit on the bottom and top, to keep it together... but still left an opening for the pillow to go into.


Then I attached the whole piece to the pleated piece...


And flipped it right side out!


Insert pillow...and you're done!
WHEW!


After that I took a needle and thread and attached the cute singed flowers that I did.


There you go!
So cute right?  And a little bit different!  I love it!



This wasn't the EASIEST project ever... but it's ME and a sewing machine... so I KNOW that ANYONE can do it :)
It's all straight sewing... it just takes a little bit of thinking and time. :)

PS... once again, if you actually KNOW how to sew well... then please turn your head at this tutorial. :)
I'm just workin' with what I've got. LOL

54 comments:

  1. SUPER CUTE PILLOW! I LOVE HOW IT TURNED OUT :)

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  2. Great tutorial and you did a great job sewing even if you think you cant. It looks so cute on that bed!!

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  3. This is adorable! I would try it but even though I have a sewing machine I've never used the thing except on a scrapbook layout. The flower is great too.

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  4. Add sewing to your list of talents--that pillow is cute! Nice work.

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  5. Oh my word! Your blog - and house! - is awesome!!! I've been dying for one of these pleated pillows for my little girls' bed! Thank you! :)

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  6. I love it! I think I'm going to make some for me redecorated (except for the couch) living room. I got a sewing machine a few weeks ago from my mother-in-law but I have yet to touch it...I think I'm afaid of it, lol

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  7. love that pillow think i might be trying it tonight!!!!!

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  8. I love love love that pillow. You are so clever Shelley. I'm a nutter cos I love to read all your tutorials ... and I know I will NEVER make anything... but I still love reading how you do it!
    Have a good day
    Ex

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  9. The way you did the back of the pillow is called "envelope". Looks pretty!

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  10. Too hard-I think that you should totally make one for me!!

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  11. I love this... I feel inspired. Thanks! I just love your blog. :)

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  12. I have to make this!! So cute.

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  13. love this, thanks for the tutorial. Going to make some to go on my bed!

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  14. Such a beautiful pillow. Great job and thanks for the tutorial I might have to give it a go.

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  15. It's BEAUTIFUL. I love it, but it might still be too complex for my sewing skills! :-)

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  16. This is perfection! I`m going to make them for my nieces bedroom, too cute

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  17. This is adorable! I love the texture. I am trying to find a place for this in my girl's room! I am filing this at thecraftersfilebox.com.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Very cute, the bed looks adorable. I'm definitely going to make this, thanks for the tute!

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  19. Love this! It's on my "to make" list! Thanks for the tute!

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  20. Soooo doing this!! I love it!!!!

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  21. Wow! It looks terrific on the cozy bed! Great tutorial.

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  22. Gorgeous! I may have to try my hand at this one! :o)

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  23. That is such a great idea! Love IT! I have a link party on my blog on saturdays at http://www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com I hope you can stop by the party is still going on :)

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  24. Oh my goodness...that pillow is absolutely beautiful!! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

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  25. WOW - you seriously inspire me to try sewing... I am a novice so most things intimidate me, but I really want to try this one. It's beautiful! I posted a link on my blog: http://ificould-ificould.blogspot.com/2010/06/pleated-pillow.html

    Thanks for sharing!!
    -Missy

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  26. This is great! Thanks for sharing! I sew all the time and I may just try this one out! www.nnekasaran.blogspot.com

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  27. Hi Shelly,
    I sew...sometimes well sometimes not so well. It all depends. Anyways, a easier way to get your puckers/pleats is to weave in and out a piece of thread with a regular needle and thread. Or you can change the stitch pattern on your machine to make larger more spaced out stitches instead of the really close kind that we need when sewing clothes. It would look kind of like this _____ _____ ______ instead of ------- Make sense? Then when your done stitching grab one piece of the thread from the bobbin or the other piece...Doesn't matter which. Hold on to it and slide fabric to make puckers. Using a fabric pin you can slide the fabric into really tight puckers. Hope this makes sense and helps you out for future projects. I learned that trick in high school sewing class. I used to make my own dresses. Totally dorky...lol

    Blessings,
    Shanna

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  28. I love this pillow! I will be featuring it on crazydomestic.com on Tuesday, Aug 24th. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. Just found your blog and I am in love. This pillow is also to die for. Love the pink! Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing! I just might have to ask my Mom to make me one since I am not yet a seasonsed seamstress! : )

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  30. I'm going to make one or maybe two of these tonight.

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  31. I love it! :) Thanks for sharing. I took this pillow for my girls.If you want to come and see: Тhe other side of the rainbow : http://ivaalex.blogspot.com/2011/10/blog-post_03.html

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  32. omgah!!! that is adorable!! i love it!

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  33. I love this! It definitely beats the ruffles on the pillows, even though I like the ruffles too.

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  34. I just found your blog and I do believe you have another groupie!!! Too much fun!

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  35. It's an envelope back! Very cute. I'm going to make this today!

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  36. I truly love everything you do. I featured this tutorial on my blog today:

    http://www.snugasabugbaby.com/pillows/

    PS. The only way I can comment on your blog is to use my husband's google account (my research shows that this is a common issue with wordpress.org bloggers commenting on blogger blogs)... if you are able to offer the "name/url" option for comments as some others do, it would be helpful. I hope that doesn't sound bratty....before I realized I could use my husband's account I always just gave up leaving comments when it wouldn't let me, and I would assume you would want to know that.

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  37. I love this pillow! Great tutorial!

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  38. Thanks for sharing, I absolutely love these! I'm so afraid if I tried making it myself I'd screw it up though. lol I'm redoing my daughters room soon and think these would be perfect. Guess it's worth a shot. :)

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  39. Thanks for posting....I have wanted to make one of these because I have seen some too and your instructions are great!

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  40. I have 6 throw pillows for my couches that are all ripping (well, the cases are ripping) I think I have found my new inspiration for making my torn pillows look new again.

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  41. Beautiful pillow! TFS your tutorial! I am not great at sewing but would definately love to give this a try!

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  42. Love it! What kind if fabric did you use? How big is the pillow and how much fabric would you need? Thanks;)

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  43. Love it! What fabric did you use?

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  44. Love this pillow!
    Your newest follower! Found u on pinterest!

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  45. These pillows are adoreable <3

    Oh how I love the details.

    Hugs
    Frida

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  46. I think you did an amazing job! I'm not very experienced, but you have inspired even ME to try this, and that is the whole point of a blog, and pinning, and facebook, etc.!
    Again, thanks for the inspiration.
    Colleen

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  47. I love the pillow and I want to make one soon, but am wondering about how much fabric would be needed to make one. Also, did you just use cotton, or another kind of fabric? Great tutorial!

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  48. How much fabric is needed to make this pillow?! We want to make one in a few weeks! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  49. I am currently making a couple of these for my bed right now!! So springy :)

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