Feathers Flights // Sewing Blog: Honeycomb Pleated Pillow


Honeycomb Pleated Pillow

I saw this picture on pinterest and fell in love with it. I knew I wanted to do something with it, and luckily, it had a tutorial. So it sat on my pin board for awhile until I was trying to come up with some new couch pillows. 
After reading through the tutorial a couple of times, it seemed hard and confusing so I did it my own way. First decide how big you want you pillow to be. Mine is 16"x16". For the pleated side, triple the measurement. I cut one back 16"x16" and one front 16"x48". Then on the pleated side, I drew a line every 2" for the pleats.
Then pin the pleats into inverted box pleats.
Sew the back to the front with right sides together and leaving a hole on one side to turn inside out. Then turn inside out.
Then I drew lines every 1 1/2" horizontally. I didn't take a picture of this part but I hand tacked where the lines crossed the pleats. One row I left the box pleat closed, the next row I alternated and tacked the box pleat open. The tacking took FOREVER. It was worth it though! I'm really happy with how it turned out! It looks luxurious to me.
When I stuffed the pillow, it made the pleats flat instead of 3-D like the original picture, but I'm okay with that. It's got to be on a skirt or something to not get flattened.
This is my back which is fabric I adore. I used it for the lining of this jacket.
So these are my three couch pillows. I love them and love that I'm done with this part. I've only got two more front room projects before I can show the big reveal!


  1. The pillow looks great. I have been looking at smocking patterns and this is similar to those.

  2. I love it and want one for our front room! So cool!

  3. I love this!! I am a costume designer, and I am going to somehow incorporate this into one of my costumes soon...or maybe I'll just make a shirt/dress for one of my sisters...or pillows...or ANYTHING.

    Your blog is wonderful. Thank you for sharing your talents with us!!

  4. Oh my goodness heather that is thee pretties pillow ever! I love it. And I kind of think I know why your so excited for this fall season... does it involve a newborn babe? ;) And guess what we do indeed share a birthday. October 13th baby!! Best birthday ever! :) We are so cool!!

  5. This is really beautiful! For us novice sewers, a video tutorial would be awesome (maybe someday in your spare time;) Thanks for posting.

  6. love it!
    turned out great!

  7. Very cute! I'm seeing this as a quilted window dressing...

  8. So sophisticated! This is gorgeous. :)


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