Feathers Flights // Sewing Blog: Honeycomb Pleated Pillow

9.01.2011

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!

9 comments:

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

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

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  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!!
    -J

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  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!!

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

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  6. love it!
    turned out great!

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

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  8. So sophisticated! This is gorgeous. :)

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