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
LENNART WEIBULL

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How to do it

Part 1

Step 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.

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Step 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.)

Step 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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