Sunday, February 9, 2014

RUFFLED PILLOWS



I enjoy visiting Mdm Samm's site Sew We Quilt and visiting all the blog hops she organizes with her group of cheerleaders. She recently posted about 'ruffles', along with a tutorial that I just had to give a try (if you click on her blog highlighted above it will take you to her tutorial).  I had two small pillows that I wanted to recover to use on our entry bench using more of my batiks. The 'panel' of ruffles were stitched using my Janome (I wanted a tailored look so I did very small ruffles); I added a batik strip above them along with a crocheted trim to cover the unfinished end of the ruffles.  For a fun touch I decided to hand stitch a large ruffle flower that can be removed if I want a different look. Before sewing I used my very old pinking shears on one end and love how it looks. To cover the center I made a fabric circle and attached it to the flower ruffle with a vintage button (courtesy of my sweet daughter). The smaller flower ruffle was stitched using my Janome and the center covered with a small vintage button layered on top of a large vintage wooden button. The ruffles were fun to do (except for getting stuck with the needle a few times…ouch!!!).  If you've ever wanted to try making ruffles, do click on the link above and have some fun!!

4 comments:

  1. darling pillows, terry:) i make my ruffles the same way (by shoving the fabric through), but, i don't pleat. i'll give the pleating a try--it's a cute look!

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  2. haven't read the blog yet- I just grabbed a banana in the kitchen- then noticed your button in the middle of the pillow looks like a banana chip! I've been dying to try drying banana chips in the dehydrator. ok- now back to reading the blog! LOL

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  3. love the pillow. I think I'll try it but instead of the crocheted ribbon, i'll fold the background down over the top ruffle & stitch then press the background back toward the top. That'll finish the edge. I do have "old" pinking shears, also a couple of new pair. Seems like I can never get a clean cut! Have you tried the pinking rotary blade?

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  4. your pillows are soooo cute!!!

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