Thursday, January 27, 2022

Pillow Talk: Pleated Pillow Tutorial

We can all use more throw pillows in our houses, right?! 
I'm starting a new tutorial series called Pillow Talk. Roughly once per month, I'll be sharing a video tutorial showing how to make a specific style of pillow. 

This month, I'm sharing how to stitch a pleated pillow. I just LOVE the texture that these pillows have, and it's so easy to create. 

Benartex has provided the fabric for these tutorials. For this project, I chose four prints from Cherry Guidry's Heart & Home collection from Benartex Fabrics*. They're wintry but fresh and bright, and I really like them. 

You can find the video tutorial here, on my YouTube channel (don't forget to subscribe!), but I've also included some of the numbers required for this project below for reference. 

You'll need (per pillow) 
  • 5/8 yard of two fabrics*
  • 1-yard package Thermoweb Fusible Interfacing*
  • 18" square pillow insert
  • 14" long zipper in a coordinating color
  • Fabric marking pen/pencil/etc.
*These supplies were provided by the companies indicated to create this tutorial. 

From the pillow front fabric:
(1) 18-1/2" x 27" piece

From the pillow back fabric:
(1) 18" square (unless you want to make both sides pleated...then you'll need a second 18-1/2" x 27" piece)

From the fusible interfacing:
(1) 18" x 19" piece
(1) 18" square (unless you want to make both sides pleated...then you'll need a second 18" x 19" piece)

Fabric Marking Info
(Note: These instructions won't make sense on their own--you'll need to view the video for steps)
  • Measure 2-1/2" in from one short end of the front fabric piece and draw a stitching line.
  • Draw a second line (the folding line) 1/2" from the first line. 
  • Fold press and stitch pleat as directed in the video.
  • Measure 2" from the stitched line and mark your next stitching line. Measure 1/2" in from that and draw your next folding line.

I hope you enjoy trying this pillow making technique! 

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