Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ruffled Christmas Tree Pillow Tutorial

I am so happy to see that ruffles are still in vogue!  They seem to be everywhere in fashion, home and seasonal decor this year and I just love the soft, easy, romantic feeling they evoke!  I had an idea for a throw pillow with an appliqued ruffled tree that I couldn't wait to try.  I think it turned out pretty cute and it could easily be customized to suit a variety of decorating styles.
I started by tearing a strip of natural colored muslin, approx 2 inches wide, and 2 yards long. A small rectangle of burlap will serve as the trunk of the tree, 2" x 1.5."
There are many different methods for creating ruffles.  I was going for quick and easy, so I just fed my length of muslin through my sewing machine, sewing down the center and gathering the fabric with my fingers with each stitch.  You could buy pre-made ruffle trim at the fabric store, and if you're not into sewing, you could even hot glue the ruffles onto a store bought pillow!
If you're making your own pillow cover, you'll want to cut two pieces of fabric the appropriate size to cover the pillow form you're using.  Be sure to leave room for a seam allowance.  I used canvas drop cloth here and folded the front panel with the corners together, finger pressing the center.  This way, when I opened it up to apply the ruffles, I had the center marked for lining everything up evenly.
Next, I cut 5 lengths from my muslin ruffle:
1.  12 inches
2.  10 inches
3.  8 inches
4.  4 inches
5.  1.5 inches
I also cut a 12 inch piece of vintage lace to act as the tree skirt.  I pinned the ruffles, lace and burlap into place to form the tree, using that center fold line in the canvas as a guide.  I then took the panel to the sewing machine and sewed down the center of each ruffle (right over the stitching I'd done to create the ruffle).  I stitched around the edge of the burlap piece to create the trunk.  At this point I think it would be fun to play with some trim...adding buttons or beads as "ornaments."  I started to add some pearly buttons to mine but decided I really liked it as is.  A burlap star on top would be cute too!  So many possibilities!
Once I had the the tree just how I wanted it, I pinned my pillow form, right sides together and sewed around the edges, leaving a section of the bottom open.  I then turned the cover right side out, inserted my pillow form and stitched up the bottom by hand.
This festive little pillow was so fast, fun and easy to make!  I hope my instructions were clear enough to help you make your own if you so desire.  Please let me know if you have any questions!  I am happy to help!

I hope you're having a wonderful day!  

Take care!

Best Wishes and Blessings,

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  1. Hi I just found your blog and LOVE IT!!!! I am now a follower. Love this pillow. Thanks for sharing,

  2. Amanda, this pillow is so pretty! What a neat idea!

  3. I love ruffles and your Christmas tree take on them is absolutely GORGEOUS!

  4. OMG that is such a darling pillow!!

  5. This is just so adorable! I love it!

  6. I love it!! The ruffles are so cute for the tree! It looks so good with the rest of your room!

  7. Absolutely love this cut pillow. Just found your wonderful blog via White Wednesday and am now following.

  8. That is the cutest thing! How creative are you? Wow! I am very impressed! Don't you love it when a vision become a reality and your idea works? Love it! Hugs, Leena

  9. So lovely-
    thankyou for the tutorial.
    :) Dorthe

  10. Goodmorning Amanda!I just adore the pillow.So precious, and thanks for the little tutorial.I guess you could use another color as well for the ruffles.Maybe something soft.Or maybe add some little bling on the tree part just a touch for Christmas.Oh Im so inspired now LOL.


  11. So, SO darling, Amanda! Happy holidays, indeed!

  12. Very cool pillow and thanks for the tutorial....I love them!

    Maybe I'll run into you at Monticello's sometime during the show:-)


  13. Hi Amanda,,

    Your pillow tree is absolutey adorable.. You could sell those for sure.

    Thank you for the tutorial but I'm not much of a sewist so I'll just look at yours and dream..

    your newest follower
    Sonny ~ 155 dream lane

  14. Wow...very cute! Simple yet looks elegant too.Great blog! I am having a giveaway on my blog and would love to see you enter!

  15. What a beatuful pillow, so elegant and festive! Hugs, Joanna xx

  16. This pillow is really cute. It will be one of the features tomorrow night for this week's party.

  17. Hi Amanda, The pillow is so adorable and it looks great next to your pretty throw. Thank you for linking to the Open House Party.


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