|Pillow with pleated ruffle trim|
I bought a fun new tool at a class. It's called The Quick Pleater. It is used to make pleated trim.
|Step one of making the box pleat ruffle|
For this pillow I chose the half inch pleater (I think). I opted to do a box pleat where you turn the pleater one way and then the other way.
|Step two of making the box pleat ruffle|
I cut strips of the ruffle fabric about 3/4 of an inch larger than the finished width. This allowed me to sew the ruffles at the 1/2 inch line on my machine and then trim off 1/4 inch when I serged the edges. I left the other edge with a raw edge so it could fringe a little. I joined the strips with a french seam to hide those raw edges.
|Sewing on the pleated ruffle|
I prepared the front piece by adding a lining and interlining and serging around the edges. I then pinned my ruffle in place , clipping at the corners.
I joined my start and end again with a french seam.
|Cutting the back using the lining as a template|
Using a template of the lining and interlining, I then cut my back piece. I serged all around and then added my zipper part to the back piece. I used a different part of the pattern on the back so you could flip it around to get a little different look.
|Back of the pillow|
Then it was just a matter of sewing the front to the back and putting in the pillow form.
|Ruffle practice strip|