Y’all – I am so close! With this pillow tutorial I can see the light at the end of my Project Redecorate: Family Room tunnel! Remember I started this 8 months ago – click the picture and you can go back in time and see the little projects I’ve been finishing along the way. I am one project away from getting this thing done and shared THIS MONTH!
So, I am finishing up the pillows for the family room. I really wanted a different shape/texture for one, and had my heart set on round. Originally I thought about smocking one like this one, but I didn’t really want to spend the time hand smocking this. So I came up with an easier way that has kind of the same effect.
- Upholstery or heavy duty thread
- Hand sewing needle
- 2 buttons at least 1 1/4″ in diameter
To make one, start with a rectangle of fabric that is 96″ long by 19″ wide. I had to sew two pieces of fabric together to get a piece this long, but that worked fine.
Mark lines on the wrong side every two inches parallel to the short edge of the fabric. At every line, make a 1/2″ wide pleat. Pin the pleat on each edge and down the center.
Mark a line down the center of the fabric, then measure 2 inches to each side of the center and mark stitching lines there. Sew down the pleats on these two stitching lines with your machine – this forms the “sides” of your pillow. Sew the pleats down 1/4″ from each edge of the fabric as well.
Sew the two short ends of fabric right sides together, so you have a long pleated loop.
With a hand sewing needle and heavy duty or upholstery thread, make a running stitch along one edge. Gather the stitching as much as you can to create one side of the pillow. Take a few stitches to keep the gathers in place and knot your thread.
Sew one of your buttons over the gathered area to cover the raw edges.
Partially gather the other edge of your fabric. Stuff your pillow, leaving enough slack to finish gathering the edge. Gather and sew a button as you did on the other side.
And you’re done! Much faster than hand smocking, I say.
I have another project already done that I plan to share next week, and one more in the works before I can share the whole before/after of the living room. I’m kind of looking forward to that post – it’s been such a drawn out process I’ve forgotten where I started.
And I’ve already started on my next room redecoration…the sewing studio is getting an update.Get access to my free pattern gallery - sign up for my newsletter!