Ruffled Pillow on the Bias


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I set up my sewing machine this week! I’m so excited that it now has a permanent spot in a well-lit room; a luxury I’ve always wanted but haven’t had. So, yesterday afternoon I busted out my fabric, rotary cutter & recovered a pillow that I covered a couple years ago. Here’s what it looked like before:

The pillow was looking incredibly ratty. I’m not so sure the fabric was meant to be used for a pillow. In fact, I’m not quite sure what that fabric was meant to be used on, it has torn & worn down so quickly. It looks pretty ratty on our couch & it’s time to recover it. Gosh, it’s time to recover all of the pillows on our couch.

I’ve had this ruffle fabric for a while & I’ve had a hard time thinking about what to do with it with my belly bump & all. It would make an adorable skirt, so perhaps after this baby comes & my baby bump goes away I’ll get around to making one. For now, I think it’ll work spectacularly on a pillow. I’ve also been thinking loads about the color gold, especially since two of my friends (Susan & Annie) are currently obsessed with gold leather. I sort of giggled when I found this gold fabric in my stash. It’s gold silkscreened brocade. Perfect right? I think it goes smashingly with my angel lamp.

When constructing the pillow, I wanted to do something a tad different with the ruffles, so I cut the fabric on the bias. I love what it does for the pillow! I also love the contrast of the matted ruffles & shiny print. I think this pillow will prove to be the inspiration for decorating the rest my living room. We’ll see. I am pretty anxious to get the house settled & together.

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  1. Ashley says:

    My 5 year old niece slept over one tonight and we baked cookies (her first time!) and she was so excited not only to bake but to wear of my aprons (even though I had to roll it under a few times to fit her). So I want to make her an apron and this ruffle fabric would be adorable to incorporate on the apron!

  2. Angela says:

    Great throw pillow! Love that ruffle fabric. I’d definitly make a dress for my little girl with it.

  3. kelsie rae says:

    one yard of “Yellow Cascading Ruffle Fabric” please :) perfect for a skirt!

  4. SewLindaann says:

    Your pillow looks beautiful. I would make a ruffled tennis skirt and matching top with a ruffled neckline. Or maybe just the skirt with a ruffled bottom and a matching ruffled racquet holder. Betcha noone else has one.

  5. Taylor says:

    I would love to do a few long cylinder pillows.
    Love that fabric!

  6. alexis says:

    I love the idea of using it on a pillow, I’d probably make a skirt for my godmother’s daughter and maybe a top with the ruffle at the neckline. Where did you find the fabric?

  7. Lindsay says:

    I’d definitely do a cornice board to cover up the ugly curtain rod in my kitchen!

  8. Amanda says:

    OH man… this is not terribly creative but that charcoal ruffle fabric is screaming to be a saucy little skirt for your truly!

  9. Emily says:

    Love the bias cut.

    I’d make this skirt:

    In fact, I was dreaming about it last night (yes, I’m kinda obsessed) but I only had enough to make one for my 17 month old.

  10. angie says:

    great design! i’m also in the process of making a bunch of pillow covers for my new apartment. :-)

  11. Shala says:

    I love the pillow! i would have to try to make some throw pillows for our bed!

  12. Lacretia T. says:

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! I would love to make a skirt (if it’s enough to fit around me!) to pair with leggings this fall.

  13. jenni o says:

    love the 2 inch charcoal color! I think i’d wither make two pillows, or a skirt for me!

  14. Jenni says:

    I’d get the 2inch smoke fabric andi would try and make a cute pillow like you did.

  15. Holly says:

    I would have to make my girls matching skirts. My oldest is autistic and OBSESSED with funky colors and all things ruffly. She would love the sherbert colors.

  16. Lauren Edgar says:

    Where is your chair/sofa from? The one that the pillow is on?

    I love it!

  17. Margie says:

    oh, i could do a thousand things with this, but presently, my sewing machine is in desperate need of a cover and this would be fabulous for it. as well as embellishing a plain shirt. or making some unmentionables.

  18. quinn says:

    I would make a pillow. I LOVE ruffles, and pillows, so that would be fun to put both together. I would also maybe try my hand at making a bag with it, too. I don’t know, but now the juices are flowing in my head!

  19. I am loving the ruffled pillow idea. I would definitely make a pillow cover (I may call on for some help! :S but I LOVE the black and white stripe. we are still decorating our house… slowly and painfully, and a little punch of black and white contrast would look fantastic on my sofa.

  20. Tori says:

    I would probably just sit and stare at the ruffle fabrics…I love them all! But when it came down to it I would probably make a pillow or a cute skirt for my Bergs (like you did Penelope) or a swim suit would be cute, like Dana did at MADE. oh HOPE I WIN! :)

  21. jen says:

    I would make a cute skirt!

  22. Laura says:

    Oh yes, I will definitely be copying you and make a pillow!

  23. Jenny C. says:

    I love love love your pillow idea! A skirt is also cute but the pillow is fab!

  24. Erica says:

    I am currently trying to decorate my house as well. Some sort of pillow or throw sounds great to me!

  25. becks says:

    I like the charcoal ruffle fabric a lot. I’m loving gray right now–it’s such a great interior design!

  26. Amber says:

    What I would do with a yard of ruffled fabric is make a gorgeous top to accentuate my own burgeoning baby bump! That steel orchid is lovely.

    Of course, one yard of ruffle fabric can get pretty lonely. I would probably need to get it a playmate…or two…or three…

  27. Melissa B. says:

    Love it! I would copy your pillow idea and I’d also make a darling skirt for my baby girl. Hope I win!

  28. Erika says:

    I’d use it on a new duvet cover! Pick me!

  29. Ana says:

    I’d probably make a sleeveless top. Thanks for the giveaway!

  30. Shauna says:

    I think I would follow your lead and make a pillow for my bed.

  31. Carolyn says:

    I think I’d make a ruffled skirt…although that pillow is really doing it for me too! Great idea!

  32. Libby says:

    Oooh, so pretty. I’m thinking maybe I’d cover the lame lampshade that currently resides in the baby’s room. It could definitely use a bit of sass.

  33. Anna says:

    Definitely a skirt for my little girl! The blue is perfect!

  34. CJ says:

    I would make a dress for my college girl, the skirt of it being made with the ruffled fabric – Charcoal or Stone. :D

  35. Whit says:

    oooo…what fun! i hope you don’t mind, but i think i’d like to cover a pillow too!

  36. Evee Mahler says:

    I would be selfish and make a skirt for me! J.Crew style without the price tag :)

  37. Rachel says:

    With the 2″ smoky grey ruffle fabric, I would copy your pillow EXACTLY. I am in LOVE!

  38. Helen says:

    I think it would work great for a cafe curtain!

  39. Dianne says:

    Hello, ruffled skirt! I think this fabric is so great! ;D

  40. Heather C. says:

    This is a tough one – skirt for my little girl, skirt for my sister, pillows (you know you have a good idea when it gets copied!) or create a quilt around it!

  41. julie r says:

    awesome fabric and i LOVE the pillow! had i some lovely ruffled fabric, i’d make a vest similar to a one i saw in j.crew…sounds weird, but it looked AMAZING with a belt wrapped around it!

  42. Tamara says:

    I would totally make skirts for my little girls! Love it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. christy says:

    Love it!
    I’d make pillows for my little 2 yo and baby girl due in December!

  44. This pillow is beautiful, Melissa!

  45. Dana F says:

    Oh I have a long list of things that I covet this fabric for (duvets, tank top for me and now pillows!)!

    If I was lucky enough to win the single yard, my first project would be to make a skirt for my daughter. What little girl does not love to twirl?

  46. Estee says:

    I’d make a skirt (a tute from “no big dill) I’ve wanted to make for a while…

  47. Becky MB says:

    mmm definitely a saucy little strapless dress with that gorgeous ruffle fabric!

  48. brittany hamman says:

    I love the lavender and I would totally do the coastal skirt tutorial she has on her site.

  49. abby says:

    Your ruffled pillow turned out so cute! Love your blog by the way. :)

  50. Jaimie says:

    Hahaha I’d probably make a pillow!

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