Friday, September 30, 2011

$5 DIY Ruffled Pillow

With the whole living room re-do I've been on the lookout for cute throw pillows lately. The pricing on these things is HA-larious! Take Sears, for example, they had some (in a clearance bin) for $6.99 and others that were no cuter for $65.99! Who, in their right mind, would pay that for a cushion?!

Off to the dreaded Fabricland for me! I found this beautiful half meter piece of canvassy type fabric for only $1.44. Then bought a regular bed pillow from Wal Mart for $2.97. For the ruffle and piping I used drop cloth scraps from the slipcovers. 
Here's a tip for making a ruffle out of heavier fabric. Normally to make a ruffle I would just use a basting stitch and pull the ends while gathering the fabric. However, this did not work on drop cloth! The thread just broke. So, instead I laid a piece of embroidery floss (all 6 strands) down the center of my fabric tube and did a large zig zag over the floss, being careful not to sew through it at all. I left a long piece at either end so I could pull them to create the gather. Once the ruffle is nicely gathered, I attached it with pins in a straight line to the pillow cover front and sewed right down the center. The embroidery floss is still hiding in the back, but don't worry, nobody will know.

I used an envelope fold on the back of the pillow cover so it's completely removable and washable.


Have a nice weekend!  

















~Cindy
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6 comments:

  1. This is great, Cindy - what a deal! You make it sound so easy, too!!! I love that ruffle :)

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  2. Thanks, Sarah! It was easy!! I was using your method... no pattern.

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