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Red and Restful Pillows

After a long day, escape to a relaxing bed covered with plump pillows. Mix and match fabrics, and add unique designer details to create a restful room you'll yearn to retreat to.

Fabric Key:

All fabrics are 54/55 inches wide

Sassy tassles and flirty fringe turn plain into luxurious in this trio of boudoir pillows.
  • Fabric A: Cream with red toile
  • Fabric B: Gingham check
  • Fabric C: Red with cream toile
  • Fabric D: Cream with red vines
  • Fabric E: Red tone-on-tone stripe

You Will Need:

The borders on this pillow elegantly frame the toile in the center.
  • 18-inch square pillow form
  • 11-inch square of Fabric A (center the motif)
  • 2 x 5 x 19-inch Fabric C strips
  • 2 x 5 x 11-inch Fabric B strips for ends
  • 19-inch square of Fabric D for back
  • 1-3/4 yards of coordinating gimp trim
  • 1-1/4 yards of coordinating cording with header
  • Four 2-inch-long princess key tassels
  • Four 1-inch-diameter chenille buttons
  • Self-adhesive, double-sided basting tape

Instructions:

  1. All measurements include 1/2-inch seam allowances unless otherwise noted.
  2. With right sides facing and raw edges aligned, sew one 5 x 11-inch Fabric B strip to each side of the center square. Press the seam allowances open. Sew one 5 x 19-inch Fabric C strip to the upper and lower edges. Press the seam allowances open.
  3. Cut two 10-inch-long pieces of gimp trim for the center panel side seams. Cut two 19-inch-long pieces of gimp trim for the center panel upper and lower seams. Baste the trim to the center panel side seams, then to the upper and lower seams, covering the ends of the side seam trims. Topstitch in place close to each gimp edge. Sew a chenille button at each trim intersection.
  4. With the tassels facing the inside of the front panel center and the tops 1/2-inch from the seam line, tack each tassel loop to a corner.
  5. With right sides facing and raw edges aligned, baste the cording around the front panel edges, overlapping the ends at the lower edge center.
  6. With right sides facing and raw edges aligned, sew the front and back panels together, leaving an opening for the pillow form. Press the opening seam allowances under. Insert the form and slipstitch the opening closed.

You'll Need:

This elegant pillow makes a great addition to any bed.
  • 18-inch pillow form
  • Two 19-inch squares each of Fabric E and Fabric D for pillow flap
  • 2-1/4 yards of brush fringe for edge
  • 1 yard of braid with tassels and beads for flap
  • 8-inch-long tassel
  • Self-adhesive, double-sided basting tape
  • Fabric marking pen

Instructions:

Pillow-flap cutting diagram

All measurements include 1/2-inch seam allowances unless otherwise noted.

Refer to the diagram, right, to mark the flap cutting lines on the wrong side of one flap square. Layer the flap squares right sides together and cut the flap through both layers.

With right sides facing and raw edges aligned, sew the side edges of the flap together. Clip the point, and turn right side out. Press, then baste the upper edges together. Tack the tassel loop to the flap point with the tassel top 1/2-inch below the point. Use basting tape to adhere the braid with tassels along the side edges; stitch close to each braid edge. With upper edges aligned, baste the flap right side up to the right side of one pillow panel.

Baste the brush fringe along the edge of the right side of the pillow front, overlapping the ends.

With right sides facing and raw edges aligned, sew the pillow panels together, leaving an opening for turning. Press the opening seam allowances under. Turn right side out, insert the pillow form and slipstitch the opening closed.

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