Tuesday, November 16

Tutorial - Herringbone tucks pillows

For a pair of 18x18 pillows you will need:
  • 2 pillow forms 18x18 - I make mine from scratch but you can buy them at any craft store
  • 2 yards of fabric in 44" wide - I used moleskin because it has a bit of stretch it is very soft and doesn't wrinkle which is a bonus for throw pillows.
  • Coordinating thread or invisible thread
  • Ruler and fabric marking device - chalk, pencil or marker
  • Sewing machine (best with fence attachment)
  • Scissors, pins and other basic sewing supplies

Remove the selvage then cut your fabric in half lengthwise this will yield 2 long rectangles about 21 inches wide
Tape it to your cutting table with painter's tape, especially if you use stretchy fabric
Mark a grid 2x2 leaving 6 inches unmarked on one end and 18 on the other end. This is the part where you need to be fussy and precise.
Iron each short line to mark the pleats
Set your sewing machine fence to 1/2 inch
Fold and sew along each pleat
Iron as flat as possible
Sew along the line lengthwise every other line
Iron the pleats in the reverse directions
Sew along the skipped lines

Hem each end
Pin the fabric right side in with the short flat on top of the long flat
Sew the sides leaving 1/2 in sewing allowance

Wash to remove the marks
Put your pillows inside the pillowcases

Put your feet up and enjoy !


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  1. Oh my goodness, I'm completely in love with these. Thank you so much for giving a tutorial for how to make these - and suc ha good one too.


  2. Oh these are simply `Gorgeous` Ill def have a go
    Thanks for linking up to PA Blog,
    always a pleasure

  3. Beautiful! What a great way to add texture to what would be a plain and boring spot on the couch. Great work!
    Amie @ http://kittycatsandairplanes.blogspot.com/

  4. Thanks for posting a tutorial. I made some pillows up and posted them on my blog. I hope you don't mind, I used one of the pictures from this post.


  5. So pretty and I love the beautiful fabric you used.

  6. I haven't had my sewing machine out for some time, but things may be about to change. Beautiful! I'm a doofus -- can you buy moleskin in fabric stores? A friend gave me a small piece someone had given her that I used to cover a book, but am not sure where it started from. Thanks.

  7. This is gorgeous! I found you thru the link party on Tater Tots and Jello. Thank you for making it look so simple. We are in the process of redoing our bedroom, and these will be put on my to-do list. I'm new to blogging, I'd love it you'd stop by and check it out.

  8. These pillows are fabulous, great tutorial! I loved these so much that I had a go at making them. I did change it up a bit this time, but will probably make more without the changes soon. Here's a link to my post: http://sewwhatshappening.blogspot.com/2011/01/pillow-for-couch.html

    Thanks for the inspiration!


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