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Madras-Fabric Pillows

A bed covered in riot of different patterns can look busy, but this inviting tumble of easy-to-sew pillows is serene. To create cohesive mix, stick to weaves in the same palette (ours share quiet neutral shades), and use solid linen spread and shams as the backdrop.

madras pillows on bed

Photography: Lennart Weibull

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July/August 2019

Introduction

For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of summer decorating ideas and our favorite sewing projects including madras fabric projects.

materials

  • Madras fabric (Similar to shown: Fabrics, from left: Mood Designer Fabrics #326671, $14 yd., moodfabrics.com. B&J Fabrics #120526, $27 yd.; and #76092672, $27 yd., bandjfabrics.com.)

  • Pillow insert

  • Sewing machine and supplies

  • Brown kraft paper

  • Tape measure

  • Square ruler

  • Sewing needle and thread

  • Straight pins

  • Handheld iron

steps

  1. Measure the dimensions of your pillow insert with a tape measure. Adding 2 inches to height and width of insert, mark measurements on brown kraft paper with square ruler or yardstick to create pattern. Cut out pattern. Place pattern on madras fabric, lining it up with lines of madras. Cut out fabric round edge of pattern for pillow front. Repeat to cut out fabric for pillow back.

  2. Lay fabric front over fabric back, with right sides facing. Pin edges with straight pins. Machine-sew fabric together, using a 1-inch seam allowance, and leaving an opening of about 5 inches on bottom edge to add pillow insert. Trim fabric edges to 1/2 inch, leaving one layer of fabric slightly longer than the other and cutting closer at corners. (This helps the finished pillow's seams look smoother and the corners pointier.)

  3. Turn fabric right-side out; press edges with an iron. Push pillow insert into pillowcase. Sew opening closed with needle and thread.

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