Feb 4, 2013

Chevron Pillow

Hi! Today I'm sharing a tutorial for a chevron pillow that I made for my little sisters.


2- 16"x16" pieces of fabric for the base of your pillow
scraps of fabric in the colors of your choice
polyester pillow stuffing
masking tape
rotary cutter and mat
sewing machine, thread, scissors, etc.

You only need a tiny piece of each fabric so I just used scraps leftover from other projects. Most of the fabric I used was quilting cotton but also some flannel. I used a rotary cutter to cut the fabric into 1" strips. It would be best to cut the strips on the bias to prevent fraying but I forgot and it seems to be fine. Next, I cut the strips every four inches at a 45 degree angle. When you are cutting out the strips, alternate the direction of the angle otherwise all your strips will only be able to go one direction.

After you have put all the strips where you would like them, tape down the middle of each column, leaving room on each side to sew. You could pin the strips in place, but taping them was faster and easier for me.

Sew a straight line down both sides of every column. I sewed right next to the edge of the strips, probably an 1/8" seam allowance. Remove the masking tape after you sew the column down. Be very careful when you pull the tape off because it can pull loose threads and make your fabric fray. 

After you sew both ends of every strip, sew down the long side of each chevron. I sewed continuously across each row, just turning at the point of every chevron. 

After each piece is sewn down on all sides, lay your second square of fabric over your chevron one, right sides together. Sew around three sides of the pillow, and leave an eight inch opening in the middle of the fourth side. 

Turn the pillow right side out.

Fill it with polyester stuffing.

Hand-sew the opening closed. There are several ways to do this, but I sew about six loose stitches back and forth like shoelaces and then pull the thread tight. Continue sewing six stitches at a time and pulling them tight until you get to the end, then tie a knot. All done!

Here's the chevron pillow with some flower pillows that I helped my sisters make earlier. 

Enjoy your colorful new pillow! 


  1. What a great way to use scraps! I also love the simple construction of this. I've pinned it to my pinterest board. Cute! Thanks!

    I also love the pink flower pillow with the buttons in the center. Did you use a tutorial to make that one? I'm going to be making new pillows for my daughter's bed and she would love a flower pillow like this one.

  2. Thank you! The pink pillow was inspired by one I saw on the blog Cluck Cluck Sew. Here is the post: (http://www.cluckclucksew.com/2012/04/spring-petal-pillow.html)

    She doesn’t have a tutorial for that specific pillow but she has a tutorial for a pillow with rounded petals. (http://www.cluckclucksew.com/2008/09/petal-pillow-tutorial.html)

    I recommend using fleece rather than felt because it is so much softer. Have fun!