Since opening my Esty shop, Little Green Bow, one of the most viewed items has been the chevron ruffled pillow. Because it’s so popular I thought you might be interested to see how I made it and maybe give it a try yourself.
Little Green Bow Pillow RedoI had an orange pillow lying around, and while I really liked the design and color, it no longer fit with our more sophisticated decor. I had some extra brown fabric from the French Knot Pillow I completed and thought it would be fun to created a coordinating set.
To create the ruffles I started with sewing a straight stitch because my sewing machine is pretty basic and does not have a ruffle stitch option. I kept the stitches long so there would be a lot of give for pulling on the thread.

How to Make Fabric Ruffles

  1. Sew a straight stitch down the length of the fabric
  2. Pull on the top thread to brunch fabric (I  recommend cutting the strip first)
  3. Here is what one completed ruffle looked like
  4. Length comparison of the completed ruffles vs. one that has not been pulled yet

Once the ruffles were finished, I measured out the grid on the front of the pillow with pins and then placed the ruffles. It’s basically a square grid with the points of the chevron design making 90 degree angles.

I also experimented with how to sew the ruffles on to the pillow. I tried one straight stitch down the middle and two stitches on each side. I think you will agree that one stitch was definitely the way to go.

How to sew ruffles on a pillow

With that figured out, I pinned on the ruffles and got to sewing.

Making a Chevron Ruffle Pillow

I finished the pillow with a simple envelope enclosure and voila … you now have a beautiful chevron ruffled pillow. Sit back with a good book and a cup of tea to enjoy your latest creation.

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