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This particular pillow finishes at 18” square. To make it, you will need:
• 25 8” squares for the background (a little over a yard of fabric should be enough)
• A little over a yard of fabric for the ruffle and back
• A pillow or cushion form
Sewing the Squares
Step 11: Place your 2″ colored squares on your folded squares as shown in the diagram. (The pink diamonds represent the 2″ squares – they should be placed essentially in between the sewn edges of your first set of folded squares.)
Step 12: To “frame” the window, you will take an edge of your folded fabric that is underneath your 2″ square (represented by the green line in the diagram) and carefully fold/roll it over the edge of one of your 2″ squares to get a nice curve. Pin in place.
Making the Frill
Step 15: Now we’ll move on to the frill. You will need double the length of each side. First cut 5″ strips, join them together, fold over, and press. (Hint: it’s just like making binding.) If you want a smaller ruffle, simply cut your strips narrower.
Sewing it on is also similar to adding binding except a small pleat is added every inch or so. Don’t forget to fold over your ends at the start and finish of adding your ruffle. This will be hand stitched together at the end. (For more tips on adding ruffles to pillows, check out my Dresden Plate Cushion tutorial.)
Step 16: Pause with the needle in the down position (if your machine has that function, otherwise do it manually) of the previous pleat, and make the next pleat. Continue all the way around. At the corners, make a pleat as close to the corner as you can, turn the corner, and immediately make another pleat.
Add the Backing
Step 18: For the backing cut two rectangles the width of the pillow and about 12″ long. Fold and hem the width of your pillow edge on one side of each piece. With right sides together, pin the top piece first and stitch, then add the second piece. Turn it right side out and add a pillow form.
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