Ruffled Pillow Tutorial

by | Apr 9, 2010 | Sewing, Tutorials | 41 comments

 This week has been a flurry of DIY activity in the Mustard Seed household and my guest room is almost completed.  This was a totally unexpected makeover that grew out of one idea, but aren’t those the best?  Here’s a little sneak peak for you…
Such a tease, I know.  A makeover that started out with painting and construction soon called on my sewing skills.  I made these curtains with upholstery webbing trim…
…and I made a coordinating ruffled pillow for the bed.  This is the tutorial I’m going to share with you today.
First of all, measure the pillow you want to cover.  In my case, it was a standard bed pillow that measured 19×24″.  Measure and cut your fabric, making sure you leave about an inch seam allowance.  For my pillow I cut two 20×25″ pieces of fabric, one for the front and one for the back.
For a 2″ ruffle cut out 5″ wide strips, long enough to go around the pillow at least three times.  The fuller your ruffle is the better it will look.  Skimpy ruffles can make your pillow look cheap.  Sew all of your strips together to make one long strip of fabric.  Make sure you sew the rights sides together and the pattern is facing the same direction.
Fold the fabric strips length-wise, right sides together and press them.  I know ironing is not a favorite chore for most people, but this step is important.  It holds your fabric in a nice fold and makes it so much easier to work with.  Also press your seams open, so they lay flat.
Line up the pieces of your fabric for the body of the pillow right sides together.  Put one end of your long strip of fabric inside the pillow with the raw edges lined up with the raw edges of the pillow fabric.  Pinch the fabric strip to gather it together and create a ruffle.  Pin it in place.  Work your way around the pillow until it’s all pinned, leaving an opening at the bottom of the pillow that’s large enough for inserting your pillow form.  Sew it all together and turn it right-side-out.  Are you still with me?
Insert your pillow form and close up the opening using the remaining strip fabric.
Pin it closed and then hand sew it shut.  Use a thread that closely matches your fabric and you’ll hardly see the stitches.
Where the two ends of the fabric strip meet, put one piece inside the other and fold in the raw edges.  Pin it and hand sew the ends together.
I know there are loads of ways to do a ruffle, but this is the way I do it and it doesn’t involve any hand stitching and pulling threads and all of that stuff.  This pillow style looks fancy, but it only takes about 45 minutes to an hour to make.


  1. House of Smiths

    I love this!
    So… you didn't make the ruffle first, and THEN put it on the pillow… you just gathered as you went?
    I def. needed this tutorial!

  2. Rene

    Oh I love it! That peek from the door knob is very nice and the window treatments are gorgeous!

    Have a great weekend!

  3. Rachel@MyPinkFlipFlops

    So pretty! I love the fabulous ruffles!

  4. Morning T

    It's fabulous and great tutorial! I love sewing ruffles and have been dying to make some for a lampshade…just no time.
    Happy weekend to you.

  5. Wendy

    Looks like we are going to love this one! Thanks for the peek! I love the glass knobs…my childhood home had all glass knobs and I do miss them! beautiful!
    Have a great weekend 🙂

  6. Cielo Azul Jewelry

    Ay yay yay, the wheels are turning!!! This looks wonderful=0)

  7. SueAnn

    Can't wait to see the guest bedroom…and the pillow is fabulous. The color is wonderful!

  8. Tales From My Empty Nest

    I love that red toile and the webbing trim is really a wonderful touch. Love your pillow covers. Great job. Can't wait to see the finished room.
    Love & blessings from NC!

  9. Bekki

    Oh I can't wait to see the room! I love that fabric, I have something similar for my tablecloth.
    I am to much of a perfectionist to just pin my ruffles. I like to gather them first. sometimes I wish I could just let it go but it seems to be impossible in this area. You make it look and sound so easy. 🙂

  10. Razmataz

    Gorgeous! How I would love to sew like that. Love that photo of the door knob too!

  11. Janet

    Great pillow, what is the brand of fabric and the pattern..I need it!!

  12. marty (A Stroll Thru Life)

    Love the webbing on the drapes and the pillow tutorial is super. I love ruffle pillows. Great job. I can't wait to see the room. Hugs, Marty

  13. Tasha

    Love the fabric! Cannot wait to see the finished project. Everything you do is gorgious.

  14. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions

    The pillow looks great! I love that fabric, too! I never did the pulling thing either. I remember trying it for my first ruffle pillow and the thread broke. I haven't done one in awhile, but I just feed the fabric for the ruffle through as I'm sewing and it usually came out looking just fine.

  15. Mel

    Whoa! I L.O.V.E, love the curtains! What a fabulous idea.

  16. Kim @ Savvy Southern Style

    I love the fabric of that pillow and I can't wait to see the reveal. I have voted for you every week. You have really shown some great stuff.

  17. sissie

    The sneak peak at your room looks like beautiful things beyond. I can't wait to see it. The colors are pretty and the way you designed the panels is a great idea and pretty too.
    I like your ruffled pillow and you did a great tutorial.


  18. Centsational Girl

    I heart red toile. Seriously. I am just so excited – when's the big reveal ?

  19. The Little Red Shop

    Cuuute…oh, so pretty! Love the material! (and your door knob too!)

    : )

    Julie M.

  20. Salmagundi

    I love the red fabric. I'm always on the lookout for red toile fabric with a dark background. Where did you find this one? It is wonderful. Sally

  21. katie

    I love the upholstery webbing. Genius idea.

  22. Isabelle Thornton

    Et bas! This is so gorgeous!!

    Hmmm Toile 🙂 LOVE IT!

    I made a button that links directly to the post you are featured. It's on the post where you are featured. You can grab it if you can. You are so awesome and talented!
    Gros bisous


    Your photo of the door is absolutely awesome. I don't know what I love more the red door or the glass door knob.

  24. The Sometimes Super Mom

    I can't wait to see the reveal of the room. I really like the curtains and pillow. I am inspired to make some for my room!

  25. Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

    The pillow is fabulous! I can't wait to see the room! I love it when one little idea turns into a complete unexpected makeover, those are the best 🙂

  26. Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

    The pillow is fabulous! I can't wait to see the room! I love it when one little idea turns into a complete unexpected makeover, those are the best 🙂

  27. Frugal Home Designs

    That is beautiful. Your ruffles are perfect. Thank you for sharing the tutortial.

  28. the cape on the corner

    everything you do is fantastic…not always my style but i most definitely appreciate the beauty in your designs and decorating! thank you so much for the kind words on my sunroom redo, and for hosting the weekly party!

  29. Nancy Reid

    Just another "swoon" over your jute trim. How wide is it? Did you cut the 3 1/2" webbing in half before you sewed it on the curtains? So glad I have found your blog. Now I just have to catch up with all of your great posted ideas!

  30. Hyphen Interiors

    Again, really helpful! Yay, I'm learning how to make better pillows!

  31. Jennifer

    That first pic…the door hardware…tips? Thanks!

  32. Saejima Asaka

    Good day! Would you mind if I share your blog with my zynga group? There’s a lot of folks that I thi



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