striped pillow {tutorial}

As promised, here is the tutorial for that cute striped pillow in the july giveaway.


{have you entered to win the july goodies yet? click here for a chance}

striped pillow

A little back story : my in-laws were out of town this past weekend and we were at their house waiting for my brother & sister-in-law to come into town. The kids were busy playing with nonna’s toys, so I took it upon myself to raid nonna’s sewing supplies.  Had she not been snorkeling in the warm Maui waters, I would have called to ask first. Hope you don’t mind grandma nonna and thanks for letting me use your stuff!

Okay, on to the tutorial.

Here’s what you’ll need:


:: two contrasting fabrics

:: pillow insert {I used an 18 x 18}

:: scissors, pins, iron & sewing machine

STEP ONE: cut strips of fabric


Decide how large or small you would like your stripes, then add 1/2 to 1 inch for seam allowance. I cut these strips 3 inches x 20 inches. 


Do you know this trick? If you make a little snip in the fabric {with the weave}, you can tear a straight strip. Makes life easy.

Here are the stack of strips:


STEP TWO: pin one of each fabric right sides together


pin 2

STEP THREE: stitch along one long edge


STEP FOUR: press seams open



Do the same to each set of strips.


STEP FIVE: put two sets of sewn pieces right sides together and stitch along one long edge

right sides together

stitch again

Press seams open again and continue with each piece until you’ll have this:


STEP SIX: add back piece of fabric, pin and stitch around the edges {leaving an opening to insert pillow}



STEP SEVEN: trim excess fabric


STEP EIGHT: turn right-side out, insert pillow and hand stitch closed


The finished pillow:

pillow 2


I want to try one with linen stripes, and a few more with outdoor fabric in thick black & white awning stripe.


20 Responses to striped pillow {tutorial}

  1. Inspire Me Heather May 3, 2012 at 4:19 am #

    Nice job on the pillows – gorgeous! I have this linked to my pillows post too today, well done!

  2. Kimberly Temple September 2, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

    Thank you! I’ve been wanting to make some pillows with stripes and I did not know how to do it. :D Your tutorial makes it look incredible easy and now I have no doubts that I could sew a pillow like this! <3

  3. Megan MacLeod July 13, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    I came across your website from another blog that I follow. I love the projects you displayed especially the wreath. I am always looking to buy wreathes but they always seem so expensive. Also, I wanted to enter your July giveaway but for some reason I can’t seem to be able to leave a comment. Can I comment here to enter the giveaway? My favorite place is the beach. Especially the Pinery Provincial Park, I can’t get enough of it.

  4. Abby July 9, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    I love seeing your Newsletter in my Inbox! I’m always excited to see what new things you’ve created. You actually are my inspiration to learn how to sew so I can start making my own little creations. :)
    Thanks again for the inspiration,

  5. Sarah July 5, 2011 at 9:53 am #

    Thanks for the tutorial! I made a striped pillow this weekend by following it. I did 4 inch stripes of white and deep coral on both sides for my new day bed. Some of the stripes didn’t line up exactly from front to back but I still love it!

  6. Abbie(Five days...5 ways) July 5, 2011 at 6:41 am #

    Great idea! I can see this being really fun with a mod print for the strips as well!

  7. meg duerksen July 2, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    this is very cute!!!

  8. Katie July 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    I have written about you in my blog post here;


    I hope you like it. x

  9. Evie @ Brown Paper Packages June 30, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    Very cute! And can I just say…I’m new to your blog, but I absolutely love it!! Congrats on a job well done! : )

  10. Windy Veach June 30, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    What a beautiful pillow! I love how you used the striped material! You always inspire me, thanks!

  11. Sarah June 30, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    Oh! I really like this! Kind of nautical, a little bit patriotic, and very summery. I take that back, I think this would look great all year long! I really need to get a move on and start making some pillows!

  12. amy ricklefs June 30, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    I’m still on the ruffle pillow but I’m defiantely this one is next on my agenda

  13. Liz Cheek June 30, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    You’re killin’ me!! I just made new pillow cases for my LR a few months back, but these will look amazing in my orange room!

  14. The Thrifty Life for Me June 30, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    This is very cute! I might have to try this sometime!

  15. Eve June 30, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    I love the colors of this giveaway. I have been wanting to try making a pillow lately, my sewing skills are limited but this tutorial will be very helpful. Thank you

  16. susan isaacson June 30, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    I LOVE YOUR IDEAS!!! Nice tutorial! never thought about combining a diagonal strip with a straight of grain! Your creativity is inspirational! Consider yourself hugged!

  17. kristina June 30, 2011 at 6:26 am #

    I’ve only been sewing for a few weeks, but I think I could do that. Can’t wait to try! Thanks!

  18. cailan June 30, 2011 at 6:19 am #

    I have to say you make this look pretty easy…

  19. laura June 30, 2011 at 5:20 am #

    that’s just lovey! I’m with ashley – I wish I could sew!

  20. ashley June 30, 2011 at 5:10 am #

    I wish you could teach me how to sew!!!

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