Pillows seem to be the best project to test my sewing skills and this house is starting to overflow with random mismatched pillows (trophies?!). Even my Pinterest DIY-Fabric board carries a few ruffle pillow ideas and I just need to get on track with actually trying out my pins. As encouraged by Young House Love and their unofficial Pinterest Challenge, we begin a pillow with the materials used for this project: 1/2 yard of one fabric (the pillow body), 1/4 yard of another fabric (ruffle), pillow insert.
Cut out two larger pieces of fabric that will ultimately be the pillow cover. Put those two pieces to the side and with the remaining fabric, cut two long pieces of fabric (about 3" to 4" wide) and with an iron, fold them in half and create a strong crease.
This is the fun part. Don't worry about making perfectly even folds for the ruffle effect. Just start folding the fabric over and ironing down so you don't have out-of-control fabric strips.
Lay out your ruffle strips. Note: lay out both the outter and inner ruffles so you don't end up with too much space between the two. Then remove the inner ruffles, straighten out your outter ruffles and pin to the main pillow fabric.
For this project, I used a zig-zag stitch. I just really like the way it looks (although its going to be covered).
Repeat steps with the inner ruffle. Leave a little space between for an extra ruffle. Can you ever really have enough?
With leftover fabric, use a strip of 3" wide fabric and iron the edges in.
Once you lay out the fabric in the center, use two straight lines along the edges to hold the fabric in place.
There are a few parts of this pillow that I can clearly see could have been straighter but 'mistakes are just proof that I've been trying.' (thanks Pinterest)
Remember: it's fun to pin all day long, but it's more fun to actually busy your hands and try it out for yourself. Pinterest for President!!!!!!!