Ruffles Galore! Ruffly Flower Pillow Tutorial

by ilene on February 8, 2011 · 34 comments

in sewing, tutorial, valentines day

This ruffle flower heart pillow I featured yesterday was made of hundreds of these little flowers:

Here is how I made each flower:

1. Cut fabric into 3 inch squares, rounding the corners of the squares. (The fabric I chose was a sheer polyester, similar to curtain material.)  The squares don’t have to be cut perfect since they will be “scrunched” up.

2. Take one square of fabric, pinch and gather in the center. Sew a couple stitches at the bottom to hold the folds in place.

3. Add another square of fabric to the bottom and gather around the first piece of fabric, stitch together.

4. Add a third piece of fabric and secure all the layers with a few stitches, tie off with a knot.

5.  Repeat steps 2-4 a gazillion times until you have enough flowers to cover your surface area:

6. (optional) After making a gazillion flowers, realize that you still don’t enough to cover a full heart.  Make a gazillion more.

7. (optional) Pout, sulk and stomp around the house because you realize that after making another gazillion more ruffles you have run out of pink fabric and you still have a bald spot in the middle of your heart. Curse.

8. (optional) Shove project under the bed and pretend it doesn’t exist.  Redirect frustration and pick fight with innocent husband.

9. (optional) Decide will not let this project get the best of you, recover project from under the bed, cut up pink scarf made from the same pink fabric and continue making a gazillion more ruffles.

10. Stitch ruffles in place by hand on pillow top. Sew pillow cover together. 14 hours later, you are done!! Ta-da!

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1 Flower Girl April 12, 2011 at 1:32 am

Could i make a flower on the pillow instead of a heart???

2 ilene April 12, 2011 at 9:51 am

yes! of course! I think you can easily modify the design into a flower!

3 Flower Girl April 12, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I went out and bought supplies. The pillow I got is a bit smooth/ sliky. That kind of slippery material. Would that work???

4 zulnoe April 30, 2011 at 8:47 am

hermosa, que bonita idea!

5 nazarioartpainting July 27, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I Love it ! I really like this project and I will do. Thank you! Gracias!

6 Sheila Jensen July 28, 2011 at 4:35 pm

love this

7 Sheila Jensen July 28, 2011 at 4:36 pm

love love this

8 Anonymous December 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm

How many yards of fabric did you use?

9 ilene January 17, 2012 at 9:28 pm

I think the ruffles took about 1.5 yards of fabric.

10 Candi January 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Super cute! I also really enjoyed your “optional” steps….lol. Thanks for the idea and the laugh. 🙂

11 Sewing Princess February 13, 2012 at 5:49 am

I love your version…and all the optional steps! I will add one more… Read the tutorial and think…damn…it’s too late for Valentine’s day….and get the project ready for next year :o)

12 hani February 15, 2012 at 10:15 pm

the optional parts are soooo funny…
funny cause it’s true isn’t it?

13 Karen Albert February 16, 2012 at 10:06 am

Amazing I adore this pillow!! Do I have the time to make it….hmm!?

Art by Karena

14 Jill Wilhelm February 26, 2012 at 2:47 am

That’s pillow is so pretty! I would have had to add option #7 lol! Glad to be following! Stop by if you get a chance!


15 Mommybie April 14, 2012 at 10:45 pm

You are awesome Ilene! That’s a very beautiful pillow. Will try to make it someday.
Thanks for the idea! Have a great day! 🙂

16 pauline July 1, 2012 at 12:27 am

going to try this i have fell in love with it ……..i have to ask…. did u string all the flowers together or are they all seperate ???? also im thinking step 8 will probably happen in our house lol…….

17 Heidi January 30, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Your optional steps made me laugh! This pillow is beautiful. Not sure I have the patience, but I think yours is lovely!

18 Roubaix January 31, 2013 at 6:09 am

One of the funniest (and saddly truest) tutorials I have ever read. Thank you for the laugh & lovely project!

19 Monica February 13, 2014 at 9:15 am

Haha! Loved it all, pillow and optional steps! Now to decide if I should try this the day before Valentine’s Day. Lol

20 fresh step litter June 12, 2014 at 6:20 am

I am extremely impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your blog.
Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself?
Either way keep up the excellent quality writing, it
is rare to see a great blog like this one these days.

21 ilene June 19, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Thank you! This is a custom theme that I designed.

22 Norma August 9, 2014 at 12:29 am

Love this! Found this on pinterest and have been looking ever since for your website/blog for instructions! The only thing is that I’m not the best sewer — would I be able to make all of the flowers — but then superglue them onto the pillow itself? Maybe if I do that – the flowers on the pillow won’t be as secure as it would be if I sewed them?

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