Friday, March 4, 2011

Ruffles and Toile-oo la la!

Ruffles and Toile-
what's not to like?

Last week, I showed you the pillows
I purchased at the Christmas Tree Shop.

I decided they needed a friend.

My toile stash was calling out to me
"Make me ruffles"!
So, what's a gal to do-
start ruffling to my hearts content.
Easy peasy ladies!

Although, I have directions for the pillow,
 I think the pictures are simple enough to understand too. 
 It's certainly not formal even with the toile
and by adding the outside ruffle-

I have two different looks with the flip of the pillow-
sometimes the best laid plans don't work out like you think-
only better!
So,  I've added this pillow to the two I bought and I think they look scrumptious!
Well, take care, gotta fly-Claire
**Wow, thanks for the feature today over at
Extreme Personal Measures - I'm so honored!**

**directions follow**
*Cut strips of fabric
*Stitch a straight line
from top to bottom(using loosest stitch size)
*Take one thread and slowly pull it little by little
 and the fabric will begin to ruffle-
you help it along pushing the fabric closer together.
*As the fabric begins bunching into ruffle shape, it will also curl on its own.
*Start in the middle of the pillow and start to pin in in circular motions
until you have the size ruffle circle you want.
*At this point you can stitch it by hand or
 use the machine to attach it to the pillow side.
** I decided at that point to add a ruffle to the edges-
but sometime things don't turn out exactly how you envision it-
I  attached it to the backside of the piloow-
when I turned it to the right side-theruffle looked perfect on the back of the pillow-
but- it showed the backside of the toile for the front of the pillow-
but, it only makes it more shabby chic than just plain chic, so I'll go with it!
*I like to put right sides together and stitch around the edges,
 leaving about a 2 inch opening.
*Then, I stuff the daylights out of it!!lol
*Stitch the last 2 inches by hand and you've got a fancy, dancy pillow!!

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  1. I love this pillow and have scheduled a feature of it for this morning at Extreme Personal Measures.

    Extreme Personal Measures

  2. Love this pillow! Thx for the details too, love the fabric choice too!

  3. What a clever idea! Thanks for sharing - I'm not a seamstress, but I may be tempted to try this one myself! Now following so I don't miss any more fun things.

  4. Such a beautiful pillow and you did an excellent job. You are so right, it is much fun when something comes out better than we even imagined. I am following you. thanks for your visit. Ginger

  5. oh so cute & girly! love it!

    Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"! :)

  6. Very nice!! I'm your newest follower from the Friday Social Parade. I'd love for you to follow back at and/or Thanks!

  7. love it very pretty love the dark blue against the white

  8. Hi. I love your toile chair and your ruffle pillow! Thanks for showing us how to make it!
    ~ Julie

  9. Love your ruffle pillows and how great that they are reversible!

  10. I'm following from Social Parade on Friday and wanted to say "HI". If you get a chance stop by and say "HI" at

    Very cool pillows!

  11. I love toile. So nice to have 2 looks in 1 with those reversible pillows. Thanks for sharing your instructions.

  12. Love ruffles...Hi, New follower came through blog hop can visit me at

  13. LOVe this!!

  14. Oh I just love them! I am about to go on a pillow making spree. I do home decor every thursday at

  15. Beautiful! Hi, I'm a new follower through GFC. Can't wait to read more of your blog.


  16. I adore ANYTHING with toile so this was right up my alley! :-) So lovely and charming. Thank you so much for linking this up to Inspiration Friday this week!

  17. These are just scrumptious, Claire! It's almost like a flower box right on your sofa. Hugs, Kim

  18. I am beside myself silly excited... because I just saw a sign that said the Christmas Tree Shoppe is coming to Birmingham!
    Holey Macaroni!!!!!
    That is my favorite for sure :-)

  19. Hi Claire, I came by way of Debbie's! Enjoyed visiting your blog. Thanks and please stop by my site.

  20. You are so right ~ it doesn't get much better than ruffles and toile! That turned out so pretty. Thank you for linking up. laurie

  21. Fabulous!! I LOVE toile and Christmas Tree Shop!
    I'm also your newest follower!!

  22. Those pillows are divine! Two of my favorite looks, ruffles and toile. So romantic. Just found your lovely blog via The House in the Roses. I'm your newest follower and would be delighted to have you follow me back!

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  24. Toile is so classic! I also love ruffles-never too much of a great thing.

  25. oh my...toile plus ruffles? to. die. these lovely little pillows you concocted...great ideas...thanks for sharing with fridays unfolded!


    stuff and nonsense

  26. What a gorgeous pillow! And your right, the pics are self-explanatory! Thanks so much for sharing and writing up a tutorial!
    And thank you so much for playing & linking up at thrifty thursdays!

  27. These pillows are just amazing! I love love love those ruffles!

    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  28. Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  29. Can't go wrong with toile. Such a classic. Thanks for sharing these at WUW last week.

  30. So cute! I love toile! The pillows turned out awesome.

  31. Great job and good tutorial too - I linked this to my ruffles post today, well done!


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