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Project

Textured Pillows

Subtler than graphics, textural accents give pillow covers a decorative extra without being distracting.

Introduction

Tools and Materials

  • Pillowcases (we used 20-by-20-inch Napoli vintage linen in Flax and Petwer, and 15-by-15-inch in Plum Frost, from libecohomestores.com, but you can substitute with any fabric of your choice)
  • Disappearing-ink pen
  • Needle
  • Heavy-duty thread
  • Pillow inserts, one or two sizes smaller than original case

Textured Pillows How-To

1. Pinch the fabric: Turn the pillowcase turned inside out. Using a disappearing-ink pen, create a grid of evenly spaced dots on the pillowcase (each dot will be the tip of a fold).

2. Double-thread a needle with heavy-duty thread, and knot it. Pinch the fabric as shown. Pass needle through the fold (the farther from the tip you stitch, the more puckered the fold will be); then pull it all the way around fold.

3. Pass needle between doubled threads, below knot. Loop around twice; pass needle under loops, as shown. Pull the thread tight; tie it off. Repeat for each marked dot. Turn case right side out and insert the pillow. We recommend using a pillow insert that's one or two sizes smaller than the original case so the fabric has room to slouch. Stitch the end of the pillow closed.

Materials

  • Pillowcases (we used 20-by-20-inch Napoli vintage linen in Flax and Petwer, and 15-by-15-inch in Plum Frost, from libecohomestores.com, but you can substitute with any fabric of your choice)
  • Disappearing-ink pen
  • Needle
  • Heavy-duty thread
  • Pillow inserts, one or two sizes smaller than original case

Steps

  1. Step 1

     Pinch the fabric: Turn the pillowcase turned inside out. Using a disappearing-ink pen, create a grid of evenly spaced dots on the pillowcase (each dot will be the tip of a fold). 

  2. Step 2

     Double-thread a needle with heavy-duty thread, and knot it. Pinch the fabric as shown. Pass needle through the fold (the farther from the tip you stitch, the more puckered the fold will be); then pull it all the way around fold. 

  3. Step 3

    Pass needle between doubled threads, below knot. Loop around twice; pass needle under loops, as shown. Pull the thread tight; tie it off. Repeat for each marked dot. Turn case right side out and insert the pillow. We recommend using a pillow insert that's one or two sizes smaller than the original case so the fabric has room to slouch. Stitch the end of the pillow closed.