Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Simple Ruffled Pillow...


I was shopping the other day and came across a simple ruffled pillow. I loved the uncomplicated look of this pillow with its two little rows of tiny ruffles. {Below is the photo I took with my cell phone.} It was $78 and 21" x 27" -- a whopper of a pillow in cost and size. The cost would have discouraged me enough, but it was also too large for what I had in mind, so I decided to make one instead. 


Our bedroom redo is almost complete, but I still have a few finishing touches and a pillow accounted for one those. I wanted a 15" pillow to sit on a leather reading chair that would compliment the knitted throw that I had recently bought. This pillow with its little ruffles was exactly what I was looking for. Here's what I came up with...


This is what you'll need to duplicate this pillow:

front panels - 3 strips of fabric 6" x 16"
front ruffles - 2 strips of fabric 2" x 40"
back panel - enough to finish the pillow the way you choose
1/2" seams

Because this pillow is so simple, I'm not going to give detailed instructions. Just fold and press the ruffles in half lengthwise, gather them up and tuck them between the seams of the front panels. Then finish the back of the pillow and you're done!


This time I experienced something new when making a pillow. I love the softness of a down pillow -- so luxurious. I wanted that for this new pillow, so I went to Target and bought a down pillow. It was $24, but I knew I could use the down as filling for at least three pillows, so I easily rationalized the expense. I slit the pillow to retrieve the down. Yikes...


It was messy.


Very messy.


I persevered, however, and filled up my pillow insert with a thousand and two little feathers. {And it only took me 30 minutes to vacuum up the feathers that escaped to every corner of my main floor.} Thankfully, it was worth the effort, because this pillow is soft and luxurious...


Cost...
 Down-filled pillow insert: $9
Pillow cover: $2
Total: $11



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29 comments:

{northern cottage} said...

beautiful - I just LOVE it - the simple yet cozy look - crisp & fresh all together wrapped up in a fluffy pillow! all those feathers are kinda scary though!

Would love to have you come join in the fun!

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Jboo said...

Wow! That turned out gorgeous! Love it!

janet

Rachel said...

What a beautiful pillow! I love how simple and sweet it is. Gorgeous!

Kelly (Seaux Southern) said...

Love this. I'll be putting this on my list of crafts to try!

Hama Roska said...

Way to go. I love how resourceful you are and still have the luxury for a fraction of the cost.

Connie said...

Ahhhh, so very pretty. Love the simplicity of it. I am going to pin it.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

they look fabulous~! thanks for the detailed fabric amounts and tutorial.

Kinzie Sue said...

Cute!! If you have an Ikea close, try them for down inserts. I get 20x20s for $10, but I think the kids would have too much fun if I busted out the actual feathers :)

Suzanne said...

Kinzie - Our IKEA is an hour+ away, but it would be worth it to go there and pick up some inserts! Thank you so much for the info! - Suzanne

gail said...

What I need to duplicate this pillow is a seamstress!!!
I LOVE it! Oh my, everything about it. I'm in awe, not that you are the perfect seamstress, but that you can replicate such a pillow and do it so that yours looks 100% better than the original.
beautiful!
gail

Chris said...

Its just perfect! I love the linen look of the fabric and the little ruffles give it some charm without being too overly feminine (since hubby uses it too. :) Great price too, all around good deal. :)

Chris said...

I forgot to mention that I had tried to salvage an old down comforter a year or so ado. We had had it FOREVER and I just couldn't stand the thought of buying another. Well I had down feathers EVERYWHERE the day I tried to sew the torn and dry-rotted seams. It was funny (well sortya :)) with those feathers everywhere all over the house. The kids came to the rescue and gave us a new down comforter so I wouldn't have to attempt that again! :)

Shelley C said...

Love this pillow. I will have to make this one as well. I don't know why they charge so much for them. Yours is definitely the one I would play money for!

Jillian said...

before I started reading I looked at the pictures and wondered why the first picture of the pillow was at a strange view. Then, once I started reading, I realized it was a different pillow! I can't believe how similar they look! Awesome!

Tolentreasures said...

What a great item! I love down pillows also, but your pics remind me of old pillow fights when the pillows would break open and the feathers would fly! Great idea to buy the pillow for stuffing also!

Cathy

Ellie said...

That pillow is precisely what I'm looking for! You don't happen to have an Etsy shop, do you? I'm not sure I have the sewing skills to pull it off as beautifully as you did!

Ellie said...

Oh, you DO have an Etsy shop! Well, if you list two of these, I'll buy them! Let me know!

Donna Heber said...

Hi Suzanne,

Your new pillow is gorgeous! I wish I could sew my friend. BTW, your pillow is much better than the store one!

Nana said...

I love your new pillow! I like it better than the original!
Thanks for your talent and for sharing all your tutorials! I'm anxious for your snap purse. I'll be making some for my friends!
I just LOVE your blog! It's the best!

Julie @ Knot All That I Seam said...

Looks gorgeous and I love that you used the down feathers!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

This pillow is so sweet! The little ruffles totally make it!

Shannon said...

Looks fab!

littleprairiegirl said...

I love how the ruffle adds so much detail to your pillow! It's gorgeous!

It looks hard for me to sew though as I haven't sewed much since high school.

Great job!

Natali9e

Suzanne said...

Seriously this is one of the easiest pillows you will ever sew. ;o)

Michelle said...

Love how this turned out! Smart to use a down pillow for multiple smaller pillows! I will be featuring this.

Toodie said...

Really great! A simply stated BIG statement! Very cozy and makes me want to cuddle up with it. :) I wouldn't have thought to use a down pillow to make others. Way to go!

ginny said...

very nice. better than the inspiration pillow! what is that fabric called?

Judi said...

What a lovely design, and perfect for a cushion for my bedroom too! Thanks for the inspiration, although I'll be sticking to foam filling, lol!!

Judi

Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers said...

This is beautiful. Love the cottage look and feel, you did a great job! Visiting from the CSI Project!