Navy Throw Pillows

Since we’re knee deep in the closet reno, I thought I’d make a couple new pillows for the living room.  Makes sense, right?  I think I just needed out of that tiny space:)  Here’s what I came up with.

A very generous parent of a student in my classroom this year was thoughtful enough to give me a Joann’s gift card for Christmas.  I know, she’s a good one.  I used it some of it to buy some fabric for a couple new throw pillows for our love seat.  I started with three different patterns of navy fabric.

For the first pillow, I used a white pillow that I already had and decided to add a little ruffle action to it.  I started by laying out the first fabric to find the size I wanted.

You’ll want about two extra inches on the width for the hem and ruffle and about 1 and 1/2 times the length of your pillow.  Once you have your size set, cut your fabric and start hemming the sides.

Then do the same thing with another fabric, about half the width of the first.

Now it’s time to gather both pieces of fabric.  Set your sewing machine to the longest stitch and sew a straight line through the center of the fabric {no back stitch at the beginning or end}.

At one end, stick a pin in your stitch and wrap your excess thread around it.  This will keep the thread from being pulled all the way through as you gather.

Then at the other end, grab one thread and start pulling your fabric down the thread.  You will see it start to bunch and gather.  You can make this as tight {more ruffly} or loose {less ruffly} as you want.

Repeat this same step with the second fabric strip.  I sat my second piece on top of the first to gather to make sure they end up being the same length.  Then pin the two together and sew them in place.

The last step is to attach the ruffles to your pillow.  I decided to just hot glue my ruffles on to the pillow by starting on the back {I measured first to make sure it was centered}.  I put my ruffle strip into the envelope and glued it in place all the way around.

And that’s it! A cute, fun ruffled pillow for about $3.  The second pillow was another envelope pillow made with a pretty houndstooth fabric.

I’m loving the navy color for winter.  For some reason, I’m drawn to darker colors in colder months.  The pillows also tie in nicely with the navy kitchen seat covers in the adjoining room.  What do you think?  Are you into ruffly pillows too?





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  1. Oooh, I love that ruffle and the contrasting patterns!

  2. Karen Nelson says:

    I am teased by my family for liking pillows so much. I am always changing them. Like what you did. Ruffles are fun and playful.

    • I’m right there with you on the constant pillow changing. It’s cheaper than new furniture and easier than paint:)

  3. i love the ruffle pillow so much!! i was planning on making pillows this weekend so i’m going to have to try that one! thanks for the great tutorial!

  4. Darling pillows- esp love the wide ruffle one :)

    Visiting from TT&J linky party tonight and thanks for sharing :D
    ~Suzanne in NW Illinois at WHYCUZICAN

  5. Oh, I LOVE the one with the ruffles. The navy is gorgeous and the combination of patterns is just perfect!

    Thanks SO much for linking up your awesome posts @ Feature Friday Free-for-All!

    ~Abbie (


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