pier one inspired ruffle pillow tutorial


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pier one inspired ruffle pillow tutorialThe Sincerest Form of Flattery goodness continues today with Erin from Lemontree Creations. We’ve introduced y’all to Tiffany from Lemontree before, but there’s a whole cohort of bloggers over there and we’re so thrilled that Erin is joining us today!
Hey everyone!! I’m Erin and this is me most days. Just snuggling this little guy and getting ready to welcome a little lady this summer!! I’m so excited! 🙂

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You can find me everyMondayover at Lemon Tree Creations sharing my latest project, and sharing everything else on the other days atChris, Erin and Jayce. So nice to meet you!!
I’m sooo excited to be guest posting today on KoJo Designs!! I am such a huge fan of these creative ladies and have been following along with them ever since their days on So You Think You’re Crafty. I’ve only been sewing for a few months so I’ve been keeping an eye on their blog, soaking up their gorgeous creations and telling myself that it’s not as hard as I think. It turns out that it’s really not!! I’m in my third trimester at the moment so I knew that my knock off would have to be of the “no hazardous fumes or strenuous labor” sort, and when I saw this darling pillow at Pier One I knew the direction I would be going.
Lovely right?! But at $30 for one, it was pretty well out of the ole’ budget, but I was up for the challenge! I actually really enjoy browsing Pier One for inspiration, and then heading over to Hobby Lobby or Michaels with my 40% off coupons and seeing how I can pull it off with less cash. This day was no exception. Here is my version.
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Like it? Read on for the details!!

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I found this golden yellow polyester satin material at JoAnn Fabrics, and purchased 2 yards with my 40% off coupon. I got some matching thread and headed home. I already had a pillow that was pretty darn squashed and knew it would be a good candidate for receiving a ruffly makeover.

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I folded the fabric lengthwise and then folded it again so that there were 4 strips of fabric on top of one another. I then used my rotary cutter to cut long strips that were 2 inches wide until I had a big pile. I also cut out 2 rectangles that were the size of the pillow +1 1/2 inches to make the pillowcase.

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I lit a candle and lightly seared the top edge and sides of the long strips of fabric to keep them from fraying and add just a little stiffness to the fabric. I moved the strips along quickly so that there wasn’t a thick melted line along the edges and it wouldn’t curl up and darken. (This is a great technique for making flowers, but not what I was looking for for my pillow.) I took a long strip of fabric and pinned it just below the corner of the pillowcase, folding the bottom over in a few spots to give it a slightly ruffled look.

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I then took it to my sewing machine and sewed a straight stitch across the ruffles, stopping about a half inch away from the edge of the pillow, and backstitching to secure the fabric.

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I then folded the fabric back over the first row of ruffles, pulling it down slightly to show off the row above it, and pinned it into place with more pleats along the bottom. I went back to the sewing machine and sewed that row down as well, being sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of the row. I repeated this process over and over until one corner of the pillowcase was covered with ruffles, never cutting the strip of fabric at the end of a row, just continuing to fold it over and start a new row.

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I wanted my rows of ruffles to lay flat around the edges of the pillow but pop up more towards the center of the pillow. So as I was sewing the rows that were towards the center of the pillow, I would lightly tug the bottom of the fabric to the right so that the ruffled top popped up a bit more, and would sew it from there. I also made sure that there were just a few pleats in the rows on the edge of the pillow, but lots of pleats in the center rows to give a much more full and ruffled look.

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Like this.

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I repeated this method on each of the 4 corners of the pillow until the ruffled sides ran into one another.

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I then pinned a long strip of fabric all around the center of the pillow to fill in the gaps, and continued to layer the ruffles in a circular pattern until I reached the middle of the pillow.

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Eventually there was a section in the center of the pillow that was too small for me to sew on my sewing machine.

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So I grabbed another strip of fabric and started rolling it into a ruffled flower, stopping periodically to secure the ruffles in place with a few stitches.

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I kept rolling the flower until it was big enough to fill the center of the pillow and hand stitched it in place.

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I then pinned the right side of my 2 pieces of fabric together, being careful to fold down the ruffles that were towards the edges of the pillowcase, and left a half inch seam allowance around the edge. I left an opening large enough to stuff in my pillow insert, and straight stitched around the edges. I flipped the pillowcase right-side out, stuffed in my insert and hand stitched the opening closed.
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Then I sat back to bask in the ruffly gorgeousness!!

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Is it wrong that I like mine better than the original? Thanks for a great idea Pier One!!
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Thanks Kirstin and Jordan for having me today!! And stop by sometime to visit me and my awesome co-contributors over at Lemon Tree Creations! 🙂

Go say Hi to Erin (and friends!) at Lemontree Creations! A few things to check out? She has a knack for seeing potential- some of her most fabulous projects are things she finds at thrift stores and remakes into sheer gorgeousness! Also, she shares our love for typography and is always adding letters and numbers to her projects. And she has great taste (you should see the fabulous fabric she’s using in her daughter’s nursery)! 

Also, Jessica from Me Sew Crazy put together a knockoff tutorial for a ruffled Jcrew vest– go check it out over at Craftiness is Not Optional!

Have you been to Knock Off Decor (the sponsor of this series) yet? If you’re looking for Knock-Off ideas and tutorials, it’s the site for you! There’s even a Pier 1 section !

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  1. Wow, Erin! I LOVE it! Fabulous pillow. I definitely like it better than the original. The color is great. Way to go!

  2. That is GORGEOUS. Simply beautiful. I want two of those on my bed. Thank you for the this beautiful tutorial

  3. Wow! Although sewing is not my forte, I am very tempted to try this…you did an incredible job… also love your choice of color 🙂

  4. This turned out great! I have eyed that Pier 1 pillow on several occasions, loving your yellow!

  5. First off, I am now a NEW follower! (someone shared this on twitter) and I am also going to check the other blog out also! Thanks so much for sharing! This is so great! I am going to make one for my daughter's room!

  6. just found your website today…and i like it better than the original, too. your instructions are perfect. something i might try when i get my sewing machine back out!

  7. Such a gorgeous pillow and thank you SO very much for the AWESOME tutorial!! I sew tons of little girls clothing and do some quilting and wouldn't have ever thought a pillow like this would be so simple…. well, with your tutorial it is 🙂 Thank you!!!

  8. After raising two boys who have now moved out of the house, I need some ruffles in my life! I love the look of your pillow. Thank you for sharing this!

  9. so cute! great job in thinking especially being new to sewing Girl! Keep it up! love sewing but hard on budget these days, coupons & deals that's the way to go! Enjoy sewing!

  10. so cute! great job in thinking especially being new to sewing Girl! Keep it up! love sewing but hard on budget these days, coupons & deals that's the way to go! Enjoy sewing!

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