Simple Shabby Chic Ruffled Pillow

Bring the soft, feminine look of shabby chic decor onto a slipcovered sofa, curvy chair or comfy bed with the addition of an easy-to-make ruffled pillow with this simple how-to.

Shabby Chic Pillowcase With Ruffle and Bows

Shabby Chic Pillowcase With Ruffle and Bows

Materials Needed:

  • floral cotton twin bed sheet
  • 20” x 20” pillow form
  • coordinating all-purpose cotton thread
  • sewing machine
  • iron
  • ironing board
  • straight pins
  • scissors
  • ruler or yard stick
  • 48” coordinating ribbon

Step 1: Cut Fabric

Prewash fabric. For a 20" x 20" pillow form, measure and cut one 21" x 21" piece of fabric and two 21" x 14" pieces and set aside. In addition, cut three fabric strips that measure 5” wide by length of twin bed sheet.

Sew these three pieces right sides together lengthwise to create one long strip. Press seams open. This will be used to make ruffled trim.

Step 2: Press Trim and Pillow Back Pieces

Fold trim in half lengthwise and press. Fold one 21" side of each 21" x 14" piece over one inch and press. Fold over one more time and press. Pin hem to hold in place.

Step 3: Pin and Sew Ruffles

With raw edges of trim and 21" x 21" piece of fabric facing in the same direction, pinch ruffles with thumb and index finger and pin into place. Continue pinning around perimeter of pillow until entire ruffled trim is attached.

Trim off excess and tuck one end into the other. Sew trim into place, leaving half-inch seam allowance. Remove pins.

Step 4: Sew Pillow Back

Stitch hems on 21" x 14" pieces and remove pins. Place pillow front right-side-up on work surface and position both back pieces right-side-down with hemmed edges overlapping in center. Pin into place around pillow perimeter.

Make sure ruffled trim is inside pillow at this step. Sew around pillow perimeter. Remove pins and turn pillow right-side-out.

Pillowcase With Pinned Perimeter Edges

Pillowcase With Pinned Perimeter Edges

Step 5: Sew Ribbon Ties

Turn pillowcase right-side-out. Cut six pieces of coordinating ribbon eight inches long. Pin ribbon on inside of outer flap and outside of lower flap, so two ribbons line up to tie together. One tie should be in the center with one spaced above and one below. Use sewing machine to attach ribbon to pillowcase. Sew a square with an “x” inside to securely attach each ribbon. Trim all excess threads. Apply no-fray glue to ribbon ends, if desired.

Insert pillow form.

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