Thursday, July 26, 2012

{Sewlebrity Crush} Cascading Ruffle Pillow from Mama Says Sew

I am sew excited to introduce my Sewlebrity Crush...
Terra from Mama Says Sew!

In my eyes, she is a "Sewlebrity," and here's why I've got a "Crush" on her!
 Well, I pretty much want to make every single sewing project Terra has posted on her blog. I'm really not kidding! I would just love to take a visit to her home just to see all her pretty creations in person. She is so creative and wonderful. And what's fun is that she lives in the same town where I was born! (Maybe I will visit someday)! hehe. I'm so grateful that she said yes to participating in my series!
Today, she is sharing a tutorial for this gorgeous cascading ruffle pillow!
But first, here are a few other reasons why I have "fallen in love" with her blog.

Terra, thanks for being my Sewlebrity Crush. You rock!
{To see the amazing line up of my other crushes, go here}
Now here she is, with her fabulous tutorial!

Hi there Family Ever After readers! I'm Terra from mama says sew and I'm so excited to be here today for the Sewlebrity Crush Series. I've seen so many great ideas already this month.

Today I'm going to show you how to make this Cascading Ruffle Pillow. I wanted to make a pillow with some texture, and while looking around for inspiration, I came up with the idea to use C-shaped fabric to create the ruffles. I've used it before on clothing, and I thought it would be fun for a pillow.

You can use this pillow alone or with some other pillows for a fun effect.

Since hemming all those ruffles would take FOREVER, I recommend using a fabric that doesn't fray. You also want to use fabric that drapes well and has some stretch to it. A knit fabric is perfect. 

I used a total of two yards because I wanted lots and lots of ruffles. You can use more or less depending on how "full" you want your pillow to be.

Start by cutting two squares of fabric to fit your pillow form, adding 1/2 inch all the way around for seam allowances. My pillow form was 16 inches square, so I cut my fabric 17 inches square.

Cut a piece of yarn the length of your fabric {in my case, 17 inches} and curve it into a c-shape.

Cut out your fabric along the yarn, then cut around it to make a c-shaped piece of fabric. This is your template.

Now cut out a whole bunch of c-shaped pieces. I used around 40 for my pillow.

Pull the inside of the curve straight and sew it to one of the fabric squares close to the edge of the inside of the C. I started 1/2 inch from the edge of the square to leave room for seam allowances.

Keep sewing the Cs to your pillow. This will take awhile.

When you're done, it should look something like this:

This is what the back looks like.

Place right sides of the squares together and stitch around the square, leaving an opening to insert the pillow form. Clip your corners and trim seams.

Here it is turned right side out.

Insert the pillow form and slip stitch the opening closed.

Now you have a cascading ruffle pillow! Thanks for having me today Rach! Visit me at mama says sew for more sewing tutorials.
 Sewlebrity Crush is sponsored by the wonderful Fat Quarter Shop.
Stay tuned for a big giveaway on August 1!

1 comment:

  1. Dear Terra,
    That pillow is awesome! Since I am a fanatic pillow-maker, too, I would totally love to try that - just need to get some fabric that's nice to me ;-) And that color is awesome, too.

    Do you also have a tutorial for the other pillow (the one with the white roses)?

    Dear Rach,
    thanks for inviting such talented people onto your blog! Love it - even though I totally suck compared to them ;-)


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