Thursday, January 26, 2012

Pleated Boxes Pillow

The Indy Modern Quilt Guild had a challenge a few meetings ago where we each brought in a fat quarter in one of three colors, orange, yellow or aqua. We then tore them into strips and were asked to make something with whatever fabric we took.

Fabric Scraps

So, that was several months ago. You wanna know how often I'd thought about these strips? Maybe once.

Until I saw the cute baby quilt whipped up by Tisha in these fabrics. It was so awesome! I knew I needed to revisit my fabrics again.

So happy I did!

Patchwork Pleated Pillow

To make the pleated boxes pillow, I started off sewing the fabric strips into a stacked books quilt block, and then I sliced, and sliced again into 3" squares. I took the most colorful squares, and interspersed them with all-white squares, for a total of four columns of 7 blocks each.

I then cut a 3" strip (the fabric rows that are gathered below) and used it to join the columns. I borrowed the gathered idea from a technique I used making a dress last summer. You just iron messy pleats into the fabric, then sew straight lines to keep the gathers in place. The back is an envelope pillow back, my favorite way to make pillows.

Patchwork Pleated Pillow & Murph

It was really liberating to jump right in and stitch up something without knowing the end result. I keep thinking there is some metaphor for life in there. :)

This pillow is listed in my Etsy shop.


  1. Looks like spring is on the way!

  2. That is so cool, Lindsay! Sounds like a fun way to make the pleats, too!

  3. Great idea Lindsay! Love the pleats!!

  4. I love the texture that the pleats add to it! We should incorporate this more in quilting!

  5. So cute! I love the color combo you chose as well as the beautiful texture. I may have to round up some of my scraps and try a couple of these. My sofa is looking in need of some love in the form of new cushions. :)

  6. This looks great!I love the way challenges prompt us to go outside our usual ideas and come up with fresh creations :)

  7. I love what you've done with just scraps. Jazzing it up with pleats makes it really special.

  8. Your pillow is so cool! The pleating is awesome!

  9. This looks fabulous - I love the pleats!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  10. Cute pillow, great idea!

    Best wishes
    Kay in Scotland

  11. What a great project. Thanks for sharing it!

  12. These are sooo sweet.. and I just love that you made it with leftover fabric strips.. so clever! thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next.. so I am your newest follower!

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