9.15.2009

Ruffle Pillows

Moving has definitely inspired me to make a few decor changes, and a room that I have wanted to focus on is the master bedroom. I wasn't exactly sure which direction I wanted to go, but after seeing this room in Southern Living's Idea House, I had a focus: black and white against a seafoam backdrop. 


I was happy to come across bedding that was in my color scheme and had a variety of prints to mix and match; so I picked it up, and of course, am impatient and have already used it before we've even moved (Hence, the boring white wall backdrop I'm currently living with)!  However, I was not in the mood to fork over even more money for Euro shams - I knew I could make my own for less than half the cost of buying ready-made. 

(Excuse the poor photo quality; I couldn't get good lighting!)


To create the ruffled front, I hemmed the edges of 2 lengths of fabric. 
My pillow was a 25" square, and I wanted a substantial ruffle
so the bottom layer of ruffle was constructed from a strip measuring 9" X 50",
and the top layer was around 6" X 50." 

My next step was to add the strip to the pillow top.
For this project I didn't pre-gather the ruffle, or even use a ruffle foot on my machine.
I simply stopped the needle every few inches and gathered the fabric as I went.


I love the finished product; not only was it way cheaper than going with the coordinating shams (I purchased this decorator weight fabric for less than $20), it also creates a more original look.

Ruffles are the theme of the week; so check back tomorrow for another project!

14 comments:

Darning Diva said...

I love them! They turned out beautifully! Definitely an inspiration!

Katherine said...

Really beautiful. I have just updated my bedroom too, and will have to add these to my design!

arkie said...

Beautiful Pillows! Great Job!

Vintage Dutch Girl said...

BEYOUtiful. Me thinks it's time for my own master bedroom remodel/upgrade/makeover :)

Krista said...

A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E!!!! You know me . . . LOVE the black and white!! =) How's Miss C feeling this week?

casserole said...

They look fabulous!! I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-striking-ruffle-pillow/2009/09/15/

--Anne

MJ said...

So cute!! Where did you find your bedding? LOVE it!

mumof2 said...

That is lovely, I am de-lurking so I can ask for some help..... I live in Australia and am about to move and I am hoping to do a bedroom make over for the move.... I have learned to sew over the last year and really lack confidence to put pieces together... I love craft but lack the have a go confidence... could you or do you have a tutorial on sewing pillow cushions as I have made a patchword bed runer and would like to make some lovely cusions to match. thanks I love this blog
Leonie

Meshellyn said...

So glad you're back, keep the inspiration coming girl!!! I've missed reading about your creations :)

Andrea said...

Yeah! So glad you are back to blogging! I love those ruffle pillows - I have some fabric in mind to make one of my own!
I also made some of "your" skirts for my little girls - they have practically lived in them all summer :) Thanks for the inspiration and how easy they were to do!! Here is my link if you would like to seem them!
http://annspaperparlour.blogspot.com/2009/09/celebrating-katie.html

Autumn Leah Designs said...

Wow I am so going to copy you on that!! I may even steal them the next time we visit:)

Ashlee said...

You know, I always wondered if you could just ruffle as you went along. Turns out you can! Thanks for the great idea.

Shannon Richardson said...

Love the inspiration room! And your pillows came out adorable! I know your finished room will look as good or even better than the magazine picture!! You are so talented!

Thankfully Thrifty said...

I love the ruffles!! They look awesome!