Wednesday, October 10, 2012

DIY Ruffle Trimmed Chevron Pillow

How to sew a ruffle trimmed chevron lumbar pillow.

diy ruffle trimmed chevron pillow

An easy, fast, 3 seam pillow that adds a big punch.

diy ruffle trimmed chevron pillow

I choose yellow ruffles to coordinate with the yellow Farmhouse headboard:

diy farmhouse headboard

This pillow has a zipper opening for easy washing but you could also make an envelope closure:

zipper opening on lumbar pillow

chevron pillow with yellow ruffle trim

Here's how I made the chevron pillow:

1. Supplies for a 12" x 24" lumbar pillow:

chevron fabric: 25.5" x 25"
yellow bias cut strips: 2 @ 1.5" x 50"
16" zipper
pillow insert

2. Prepare ruffle trim.

bias cut strips for ruffle

Using a long zig zag stitch just off center down the entire length, then GENTLY pull one thread to ruffle up the strip:

pulling the long zig zag stitch makes a ruffle

3. Pin ruffle in place about 6" in from outer edge on both sides then straight stitch:

pinning ruffle to pillow base

ruffle sewn to pillow

4. Now add your zipper, face down using a zipper foot sew one side in place:

attaching a zipper to pillow cover

5. Repeat for other side of zipper attaching it to the other end of the chevron:
** Open your zipper now before you proceed.**

attaching a zipper to pillow cover

6. Match side seams and sew shut then turn pillow right side out through the zipper opening.
Add pillow insert and you're done!

how to make a ruffle trimmed lumbar pillow


  1. Cute colors - perfect for that headboard.

  2. What a beautiful pillow! I love how both colors really pop. :) Megan

  3. Great job on the Pillow! I love it! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. I love those colors! And good job with that zipper ~ I'm too scared to tackle one!:)

  5. Great job on the pillow. I am really loving this chevron pattern lately.
    Thanks for sharing. Love the strip of yellow through the pillow. Great idea.