chevron ruffle pillow – tutorial

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Didn’t win the giveaway, but want one of these?

I LOVE this pillow. 
It combines all of the things I’m loving right now – burlap, ruffles, and chevron. 
Yummy 😀
I’ll show you how to make your own!
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • burlap
  • fabric for ruffles
  • piping (I used pre-made) 
  • pillow stuffing (or pillow form if you’d like)
  • scissors
  • pins
  • needle and thread
  • sewing machine
  • regular and piping foot attachments

STEP ONE:  Cut out 2 pieces of burlap for the base of the pillow (one for the front & one for the back) in the dimension you want.  Leaving yourself a 1/2 inch seam allowance on all sides.

STEP TWO:  Rip or cut fabric for ruffles.  I like to rip my fabric because I like the look it gives me.  My strips were about 1.5 inches wide by double the height of my pillow.

STEP THREE:  Stitch ruffles using your sewing machine set to the longest stitch length.  Leave yourself long threads and the beginning and end, and then pull one of the threads to create the ruffle.  I used white thread so it would show up in the picture.  Use a thread that matches your fabric.

STEP FOUR:  Place and pin ruffles to front of pillow.  Machine stitch in place.

STEP FIVE:  Pin your piping into place on the front piece of fabric, going over any ruffles at the edges.  When you get to the corners, cut a series of slits into the piping to allow it to curve nicely.  Using your sewing foot for piping, sew piping into place.  Overlap the beginning and end of the piping.

STEP SIX:  Sew the back piece in place.  The easiest way I’ve found to do this without messing up the piping is to turn the pillow around so that the wrong side of the front of the pillow is facing up.  That way you can stitch directly over your previous stitches, using them as a guide.  Leave yourself enough of an opening to turn the pillow right side out and stuff.  Trim any excess.

STEP SEVEN:  Turn right side out and stuff.  I chose to use stuffing because the dimensions I wanted my pillow to be were not available in a form.

STEP EIGHT:  Hand stitch opening close (sorry, I realized after the fact that I didn’t take a picture of this) and enjoy!

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  1. Sarah at Finishing Touch Interiors Avatar

    love the pillow it really stands out sat in that chair against the red pillow. thanks for sharing

  2. Jen-CraftOManiac Avatar

    Adore it, ADORE IT! winks-jen

  3. Ambika Avatar

    Good one!

  4. HammBone Avatar

    Your awesome. Nuff said.

  5. Patricia Torres Avatar

    Oh my gosh.. this is gorgeous!! Thank you so much for linking in to my weekend wrap up.. I'm following your blog now.. and am hoping to be inspired by your posts & DIYs..

  6. Kelly @ View along the way Avatar

    Found you from A to Z… this pillow is a perfect combination of everything beautiful. I LOVE it! Looks very expensive!

  7. Mayya @ Sew Chic and Unique Avatar

    Loved this pillow so cute i added it to my tumblr

  8. Amy R. Avatar

    This is such a cute pillow. I really love it. Great tutorial.

  9. Poppy Avatar

    Visiting from Colours Dekor.I love this tutorial1 Thank you so much for sharing it. I love working with burlap and making pillows… I never tried a rectangular one before. I love how you made the ruffles. Great post!~Poppy

  10. Dear Lillie Avatar

    Your pillow is gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial!

  11. Lauren Avatar

    I LOVE this! OMG I need one.

  12. Steph @ Crafting in the Rain Avatar

    Really cute–and yeah, combination of so many popular things right now! Thanks for stopping by my blog too!

  13. Susan @ Busy at Home Avatar

    This is really sweet!

    I was trying to figure out how to make a Chevron pillow for a room I'm redoing right now and I hadn't decided on one. Thanks for the inspiration! I especially love the burlap!

  14. At The Picket Fence Avatar

    Shelley, you trendsetter you, that is beyond adorable! I haven't seen anything quite like it here in blogland and I love it! Thanks so much for linking it up to Inspiration Friday this week~

  15. AllieMakes! Avatar

    Ooh! I like your pillow too! Great job!
    Thank you for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  16. Chari at Happy To Design Avatar

    Hi Shelley…

    Oooh…pretty pillow! Your tutorial makes it look easy! I also love your beautiful slip covered chair too! Thanks for sharing!

    Warmest wishes,

  17. Michelle Avatar

    SO cute!! I love love love this!! I am visiting from Tatertots and Jello and I am a new follower!! Hope to see you around!
    Have a great weekend!

  18. Courtney ~ French Country Cottage Avatar

    Super charming! Love your sweet pillow ~ it's so darling! Thanks for sharing the how to- and thank you for sharing at FNF 🙂

  19. Leda Avatar

    It looks so great with that chair and curtains. Nice job!

  20. The DIY Show Off Avatar

    Beautiful, Shelley! Great tutorial too! Adding this to my DIY list. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing in the DIY party!

    Have a wonderful week!


  21. Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming Avatar

    Shelly, Your pillow is simply amazing. I love the burlap and black ruffles – gorgeous! Thanks for sharing – Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
    ~Stephanie Lynn

  22. Catherinas Creative Corner Avatar

    OH how I heart this one! I have been on the hunt for some ruffle and burlap pillow inspiration, and you have combined the two into one! Not to mention the chevron too! LOVE IT!!!!

  23. Diana Mieczan Avatar

    Oh my goodness..I adore this pillow and what a fantastic tutorial, sweetie. Thanks so much and have a great day

    P.S: I'm hosting an amazing Fischer's dress Giveaway Reloaded today! Don't miss it!

  24. Meg Avatar

    What a fun idea! I love this chevron look! I've always wanted to try piping….

  25. SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime Avatar

    Shelley, this is beautiful! Thanks for joining us and sharing with us this awesome post at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop 🙂

  26. Modern Mom Redefined ((Kelsi)) Avatar

    So awesome! You make me want to learn how to sew! Just found your blog…. new follower! =)
    Looking forward to reading more,

  27. Judy Avatar

    I am featuring your chevron pillow at my Swing into Spring party tonight. The link opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and grab an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

  28. Richmond Thrifter Avatar

    Okay, that is just plain AMAZING!!! I must make one, but I doubt it will come out as cute as yours!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!

  29. Brandi Chen Avatar

    In Love with this!!!! I'm not a pro on the sewing machine, but I mean, I could even hot glue if I had too! Thanks for the inspiration 😉

    If you get a chance, please check out

    Brandi at B.Cheniful

  30. Kassi @ Truly Lovely Avatar

    I was SO sad I didn't win this… But now I can make my own!!! Whoot!!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this on Fancy This Fridays!! Hope you'll stop by on Monday to see if you are a giveaway winner, featured post, or BOTH! 🙂

  31. {nifty thrifty things} Avatar

    That pillow looks wonderful!
    Thank you so much for sharing this @ {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    Hope to see you again tomorrow! 🙂
    xoxo from Germany,
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

  32. Jessica @ O. Alouette Avatar

    This is so cute! I love chevron and I love ruffles so the two together are just perfect.
    Love your blog – I am your newest follower 🙂

  33. kendascrafts Avatar

    great idea! I love burlap!

  34. Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers Avatar

    I love this pillow! It turned out awesome. Thanks for sharing

  35. Lynda @ Happenstance Home Avatar

    Adorable pillow! Love your originality!

  36. alissa Avatar

    I am in love with your pillow. Adding it to pinterest right now!

  37. somedaycrafts Avatar

    I love this. I will be featuring this at in the next couple of days! Grab my "featured" button.

  38. Cassie Avatar

    Perfectly awesome! I think I'll do mine burlap and rust ribbon, if I can find it. That's the colors of my curtains. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  39. Handprint Avatar

    hi dear ur post is so good decorative pillows

  40. Cristan Avatar

    Just a note to let you know I featured this and your blog this morning! You did such a GREAT job! 🙂



  42. WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie Avatar

    This is totally drool-worthy! It's a perfect blend of rustic (burlap), feminine (ruffles), masculine (black), and contemporary (chevron) stylings! Thanks for linking up to the burlap party at WhisperWood Cottage!

  43. Yolanda Analice Avatar

    Oi Amiga,
    agradeço por compartilhar trabalhos tão lindos.
    adorei tudo.
    seu blog é lindo.
    te desejo boa sorte e tudo de bom.
    abraços do brasil
    yolanda analice

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