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Monday, August 30, 2010

Home Decor on a Dime *Pretty Pleated Pillow!*

I'm sure I'm not the only one who is always on the look out for super cheap crafting ideas.
If I spend as much as I'd like to on all my crafty ventures I'm sure my Stud muffin aka the man of the house would not be super thrilled. . . am I right?

I've got a couple guest rooms that need some decor and I've got some ideas that aren't gonna cost much at all!  
Here is what I started with

Isn't this such a cute pillow cover?!  Is it pleated or is it ruffled?  I'd say a little of both!

Total cost - $0
Ahhhh, Nice!

Here is a little 411 of how I made it.  It is super easy!  I can only sew in a straight line, which is good cuz that's all it takes!
I started with the pillow I was going to cover
and some fabric (I used an old sheet - perfect!)

Cut three pieces, two the same size, just slightly larger than the pillow.  Make sure to add a few inches for seam allowance.  Cut the third piece the same width as the first two but twice the length.  

First we are going to start with the longest piece.  First sew a basting stitch along both sides. (long stitches, low tension) 
Pull one of the threads and it will start to gather your fabric.
Gather both sides until it is the same size as the shorter pieces.  Pin the long gathered piece to one of the shorter pieces and sew them together.  

Now the ruffled/pleated side is the front (or the right side). We are going to sew it to the back.
The back is the last piece you have left (one of the smaller pieces).
Now, cut this last piece in half so you can just slide your pillow in when its finished.  
Now pin the back pieces to the front (the pleated side)  
Right sides together - remember the pleated side is the right side

Now sew it all together.  Flip it right side out, and put in your pillow!
Easy Peasy!  And oh so pretty! 




13 comments:

Jenglamgirl said...

Beautiful pillow. With ruffles being all the rage this is the perfect lovely pillow. Thanks for linking JEN

Amy @ Chicy-Creations said...

Love it!

Something Wilde said...

Such an awesome pillow! It's so pretty! Thanks for sharing!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

How cool! I love this pillow~I think this is something I could handle. Thank you!

Jessica said...

Fantastic! I love how it turned out!

Heather said...

I love it and I love that it cost you nothing! Thanks for linking up!

devin said...

that looks so good! who knew you could make something so fancy with only sewing a straight line? my kind of craft for sure!

Kaysi said...

That is so cute, I love it!

Rachael said...

Love this so much!! I'm totally going to try this with some painter's drop cloth!

mom2four said...

Found you on the link party at "Me making do"....LOVE this pillow! Supper cool :)

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

this is absolutely adorable! I want to do this!!

Home Hinges said...

Really cute pillow. At first I thought it might be silk. Amazing what you can do with an old sheet.
April @ homehinges.com

Reinspire said...

I will definitely have to try this! Thanks for the great tutorial!!
Lisa

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