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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 thoughts on “striped pillow {tutorial}”

    1. 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

    2. 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.

    3. 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,

    4. 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!

    5. 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!

    6. 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

    7. 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!

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