Monday, July 11, 2011

Zig Zag Chevron Pillow

I love chevron prints.  I'm trying to contain my love for them and not cover the house floor to ceiling in them.  I've done okay so far ... until I saw the chevron print in yellow.  Oh my.  I'm just going to start with a pillow and see where that takes me.  Here's what I ended up with:

Here's how I started:

Cut your desired pillow shape (mine is 15" x 31") out of chevron or stripe printed fabric.  

Then with a sheer white cotton piece of fabric, cut a piece the exact same size.

Pin the white piece of fabric on top of your print.

With white thread in your sewing machine, trace the outline of every colored chevron stripe.  Repeat this step for all stripes on the printed fabric.

This is what you should end up with.  

Make sure you sew even the tiniest of stripes.

Then with a pair of scissors, cut along the thread on the inside of the colored sides of your stripe.  Cut about 1/4" down from the thread.

This is how it should look.  Next, wash the front of your pillow.

It will come out a little more frayed.  

If you want to fray it up a little more, hold the fabric tight and run a tracing wheel horizontally across the white frayed fabric to loosen the threads.  You can then run it through the wash again if desired.

I used the tracing wheel on the top of the last stripe in this picture.  You can see how it really pulls the threads apart.  

When you're happy with the amount of distress you have put your pillow through, cut a piece of fabric for the back of your pillow (I used white cotton twill).  With right sides together, pin the fabric to your distressed chevron and sew around the edges, leaving an opening to stuff your pillow.  Fill with stuffing, stitch up, and figure out where you're going to put another pillow. 


  1. I'm impressed! Where do you find the time???

  2. beautiful pillow...I love it! You did such a perfect job with it too..very pretty! visiting from the csi project.

  3. WOW! What a great project! If this isn't selected for the sewing challenge, I'll be surprised! This is so neat!

  4. This is soo awesome! I think our body pillow needs a cover JUST LIKE THIS!!!