Spring Pillow w/ The Silhouette


spring pillow

I’ve always admired the bloggers who make a pillow for every holiday. To be honest I’ve never made a pillow. There… I said it. It’s always been on my list to do… they just somehow always get knocked to the bottom of the list. Poor pillows!

Considering I didn’t have a pattern, and this was my first pillow I think it turned out pretty well ( just don’t look to close).  Thanks to my Silhouette! If you don’t have a Silhouette, you can always print images off your computer and use an exacto knife to cut your image out… just might be a little more time consuming.

ruffled pillow

I used the Flocked heat transfer on this pillow and I have to say I LOVE this stuff! It definitely added the perfect touch to my spring pillow.

ruffle pillow

So you want to make one? Let me show you how….

Materials needed:

  • 1 1/2 yard fabric for pillow
  • 1  yard fabric for ruffle
  • matching thread
  • iron
  • heat transfer
  • other sewing basics

how to sew a ruffle

First you’ll want to start with the ruffle. I cut my strips 6 inches wide. To figure out how long your ruffle will be, you’ll need to x’s the width of your pillow by 4 and then again by 3.  Make sense? So My pillow was 19×19 in. So… 19 x 4(sides) = 76. So then for the ruffle you’ll x’s 76 x 2 (or 3) depending how many ruffles you want.

  • 76×3=228 in for lots of ruffles!
  • 76×2= 152 in. for less ruffles

how to sew ruffles

I made enough 6 in strips to equal 228 inches. I think it ended up being 4 strips. At this point you’ll sew them all together. Once they’re all sewn you’re going to press them in half with your iron. Then ruffle them with you’re sewing machine. If you don’t have a ruffle foot an easy way to do this is to use heavy duty thread, set your tension as high as it will go and set your stitch length to a seven. It should ruffle on it’s own. Then you can pull one of the threads to create more ruffles. You can also do a zig zag stitch over a piece of string to create ruffles.

I love sewing ruffles!


Next up is the slipcover. My pillow was 19 in x 19 in, so I based my measurement on 20 in so it gave me room for a 1/2 in hem on each side. I cut one piece in a square (20 in x 20 in). Then I cut another piece 20in x 12 in. And the last piece 20 in x 14 in.

sewing ruffles

We’re creating a slipcover, so we need to make a hem on the 20 in side of the 20×12 and 20×14 pieces. Make sense? I folded it in 1/4 in and pressed.


Then I folded it in another 2 inches and pressed. I wanted to create a thick fold, so if you didn’t want is as think fold it in one inch. Just make sure the end result of one piece is 10 in and the other is 11 in after it’s pressed. That extra inch will give the pillow a little extra room once it’s in the slipcover.

sewing ruffles

This is what it will look like once the pillow is in. Slipcovers are nice because you can switch them out and WASH them. :)

sew ruffles

Now you’ll take your ruffle and pin them (on the right side of the fabric) all the way around, curving it at the corners. Once pinned sew around the entire square.

sew ruffles

On the bottom corner you’ll need to remember to sew the ruffled edge together.  There may be a better way to do this, however this is just what I came up with. Please tell me if you know a better way. ;)

make a pillow cover

Once your ruffles are all sewn on you will pin the remaining two pieces.

make pillow covers

Then you’ll sew around the entire pillow, and flip it inside out.  Now comes the fun part… creating your design.

silhouette tutorial

So we all know one of the latest trends is BIRDS! I love them, and I know you probably do too! So I downloaded a branch with bird (for .99 cents!!) and started there. I ungrouped the image and deleted a few of the leaves. I also deleted the bird. He wasn’t floating my boat. Then I added the bird cage and a  few different birds. I usually arrange it how I want it on the page first and then re-arrange it before I print to maximize my space.

silhouette tutorials

Make sure to mirror your image before printing!! That way when you iron it on it will look right.

silhouette sd review

Also make sure to use your pink cutting blade and set it to a thickness of 28. I tried 30 at first and it ruined my projects. Just trust me and stick to 28. ;)

Images used (.99 cents each… can’t beat that!)

bird_cage_C20091008220031_20509 ( I ungrouped these two and used this bird as well)


bird_on_branch_C00044_23067 ( deleted bird and a few leaves)

heat transfer coefficient

Once it’s done printing I usually cut it into pieces and SLOWLY peel away the excess paper. Once it’s all cut, place it on your new pillow case. Put a piece of fabric over your design and iron it on. Let the iron sit on each piece for about 30 seconds. Let the piece cool and then slowly peel away the clear backing.


Then turn your ugly pillow into spring art!!

make ruffles

The ruffles and birds make all the difference!

bird pillow

Hello little love birds!

tiffany blue color

Happy Spring!


Take advantage of the awesome Silhouette deal going on now through Sunday (March 27th).

You’ll get:

  • Silhouette SD Machine
  • 2 packages of fabric interfacing
  • White flock heat transfer

All for $229

Also you can get the fabric interfacing 25% off!

Make sure to use code NAPTIME at checkout to get this deal.

(Disclaimer: I was not compensated to write this post, however I did receive the fabric products to review and keep.)

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  1. Stacy @ She's {kinda} Crafty posted on March 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm (#

    what a happy pillow!!! I love the Silhouette Fabric Interfacing!


  2. ellie g posted on March 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm (#

    Isn't that flocked stuff FANTASTIC???? I love it! And I'm loving this pillow. Especially because I might be switching my love for chandeliers and sending it toward birdcages. They are so lovely!


  3. Sweet Little Smoothie posted on March 22, 2011 at 6:49 pm (#

    Gorgeous!! I just got my Silouette today (squeal!) and this little beauty is going to the top of my giant to-make list! Thanks for sharing :)


  4. Kara @ Mine for the Making posted on March 22, 2011 at 7:18 pm (#

    Cutest spring pillow EVER!!!


  5. Valerie@Occasionally Crafty posted on March 22, 2011 at 7:53 pm (#

    I LOVE this pillow! All you crafters trying out the fabric interfacing are coming up with the greatest projects. I need to go try some out!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    Valerie- http://www.occasionallycrafty.blogspot.com
    Stop on by!


  6. reasonstoskipthehousework posted on March 22, 2011 at 8:04 pm (#

    Love it! I have a Silhouette, but not the heat transfer flocking yet! I'm gettin' there! I'd love you to link this up on my Tuesday Time Out Party!

    Reasons To Skip The Housework
    Tuesday Time Out Link Up Party


  7. Emily @ RemarkableHome posted on March 22, 2011 at 8:58 pm (#

    turned out so cute! I am going to have to try that flocked heat transfer!


  8. Jayna Rae posted on March 22, 2011 at 9:04 pm (#

    An amazing first pillow.


  9. Sarah posted on March 23, 2011 at 7:12 am (#

    Adorable!!! Bookmarking this one! :)



  10. Kelly posted on March 23, 2011 at 10:03 am (#

    Love this! I would love it if you added this to my new link party!


  11. She Made It Crafts posted on March 23, 2011 at 11:11 am (#

    Ok, so super cute Jamie! It turned out adorable. Now we need to set off on pillow making adventures to spruce up our couches!


  12. Beckie posted on March 23, 2011 at 7:47 pm (#

    OMYGOSH that is the cutest pillow ever. Love the colors and you just had to have a bird on it for me to go crazy. so cute!


  13. Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living posted on March 24, 2011 at 1:27 am (#

    Your pillow is so cute! Love the little bird for spring.


  14. Lisa posted on March 24, 2011 at 6:32 am (#

    gorgeous pillow! I am dying for silhouette to make all these cute crafts! And anyone who has a pillow for every holiday and season is my hero : )


  15. Allison {A Glimpse Inside} posted on March 24, 2011 at 12:49 pm (#

    LOVE IT!! That is sooooo cute! I think you did a fabulous job! Thanks for linking it up! :)


  16. Ashley posted on March 24, 2011 at 2:31 pm (#

    love this!! good tutorial :)


  17. Brandy J. posted on March 25, 2011 at 7:42 am (#

    I just found your blog and am your newest follower. I love the color and sweetness of this little pillow — fabulous!!


  18. Shabby Soul posted on March 25, 2011 at 1:35 pm (#

    Your pillow is so cute & I LOVE the color and (of course) the ruffles!


  19. Amy Gilman and Emily Lee (Sisters of the Wild West) posted on March 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm (#

    LOVE this. I have a total obsession with birds, pillows, AND ruffles!! Fabulous is every way!
    THanks for linking it up to
    Sister Sunday


  20. mapleRose posted on March 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm (#

    I would LOVE to figure out where you downloaded the image, but can't seem to get the links you posted to work. Can you give a name of the website you found them on??


  21. Jessica@SewHomegrown posted on March 28, 2011 at 7:12 am (#

    Adorable- love it! I think it would look especially sweet on my little girl's bed!


  22. Kimm at Reinvented posted on March 28, 2011 at 5:20 pm (#

    So cute! I love the birds. I have a new Silhouette, so I appreciate the tutorial, thanks!


  23. Kelly posted on March 28, 2011 at 9:22 pm (#

    I'd love it and would he honored if you joined the Glitter Link Party!


  24. http://adventurezinchildrearing.blogspot.com posted on March 28, 2011 at 10:34 pm (#

    oh! i want it- i need it! great job found ya from tip junkie!


  25. Madigan at madiganmade posted on March 29, 2011 at 3:45 am (#

    What a cute pillow! I especially love the bottom corner of the pillow. That bird cage image is darling!


  26. Cheryl @ Sew Can Do posted on March 29, 2011 at 6:48 am (#

    Love this look & the colors! Really cute & spring-y. I so need a Silhouette ( I stupidly bought a Cricut last year and I barely use it). Oh the things I'd make with one of these!!

    Would love for you to link it to my Craftastic party:)


  27. Amy@ServingPinkLemonade posted on March 29, 2011 at 1:20 pm (#

    This pillow is beautiful, bright and springy! I'm just so in love with it–and I can't believe it's the first pillow you've made. Great job!


  28. Anu@My Dream Canvas posted on March 30, 2011 at 9:58 am (#

    Wow, my fav color!! This is lovely. Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas!


  29. Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com posted on April 1, 2011 at 10:25 pm (#

    Thanks so much for linking this up to Think Pink Sundays! I just love this pillow-I featured it today in my Crush of the Week post! :)


  30. katy posted on April 2, 2011 at 6:16 pm (#

    That pillow is beautiful, can't believe it was your first one ~ looks like a pro made it :)


  31. Christina @ The Tattered Tag posted on April 5, 2011 at 2:07 pm (#

    So simply beautiful! Happy to see your creative idea linked up last week at my K.I.S.S. blog bash. Looking forward to seeing what great project you share this week, remember the link is open until tonight @ midnight {CST}.

    Drop by The Tattered Tag