Pleated Sheets Ring Pillow
By Lindsay Conner (www.lindsaysews.com, http://www.craftbuds.com/) A free pattern for the pillow can be downloaded fromhttp://meylah.com/lindsaysews/pleated-boxes-pillow-pattern.
• 7 assorted fabric strips, 1.5” wide and 18” long (I used vintage sheets)
• 2-4 oz. (or several handfuls) synthetic fiber fill
• Dual Duty XP General Purpose thread
• sewing pins, hand sewing needle and iron
• 2 feet of ribbon for center tie
Arrange pieced and solid background squares in three rows. Start with an accent square, then a solid, alternating until there are five blocks in a row. Rearrange until you have a good balance of colors and pieced strips facing different ways.
Stitch fabric right sides together to piece together rows. Start with one patterned and one background square, and before cutting your thread, pull fabric a few inches away from machine. Pick up the next two squares and continue to chain stitch until only one square is left in that row. Repeat with other three rows.
Join Together Rows
Alternate background fabric strips with pieced rows. Pin together a pieced row to fabric strip, right sides together, and stitch, making sure your pieced squares line up among the columns. Stitch together remaining rows until all rows have been joined to create pillow front.
Along each of the background fabric rows you just added, you’ll use the following technique to pleat the fabric. Take a small section and add 3 horizontal folds. Hold in place and carefully press. Repeat with the next section, creating messy folds, and pressing them into the fabric, until you’ve pleated the whole row.
At the patterned box intersections, stitch a vertical line (with matching thread) from the top to bottom of the row. Remove pin as you sew and use your fingers to carefully guide fabric through, retaining the pleats. Remember to backstitch at both ends.
Fill with fiber fill and hand stitch opening closed.
About the Author
Lynn is Director of Consumer Services with Coats & Clark.