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Jan 21

Super Easy Shabby Chevron Pillow

IMG_7362If you love chevron design and you love the shabby rag style, you will definitely want to check out this Super Easy Shabby Chevron Pillow pattern!  Featured below are all the instructions and tons of pictures to help you create this fun accent pillow.  Sewing skills required are minimal and it should only take you 2-3 hours to complete.  This is a perfect quick project for these long winter evenings.

I chose Warm Red 2 & Ecru homespun to do my chevron design but this design works well with any combination of homespun fabrics.  You may want to use contrasting fabrics like I did for a bold look or this would look really nice in complementary similar fabrics for a more subtle chevron look.  In either case, Jubilee Fabric has a great assortment of over 150 different primitive homespun fabrics for you to choose from for you own unique pillow design.IMG_7363

What makes this pattern “super easy” is that there are no small pieces to cut out and no small pieces to stitch together.  This chevron design is first stitched together in long strips and then cut on the diagonal to form the chevron.  That will greatly speed up the time that you invest to this project.  The finished size of this pillow is approximately 18″ x 21″.   It is important to use homespun fabric because regular cotton fabric will just not fray as well.

Happy stitching!   … and if you make one of these, send us a pic!  We love to see what our customers are making!

Super Easy Shabby Chevron Pillow


Materials you will need:

  • Fabric 1 – 1 yard homespun fabric
  • Fabric 2 -1 yard contrasting or complimenting homespun fabric
  • Fabric 3 – 3 fat quarters (or one yard) in yet another coordinating homespun fabric
  • 2 squares of low-loft or felt type batting size approximately 16 x 20
  • thread, 2 sheets of blank copy paper & a yard stick or ruler.
  • 1 large bag of pillow fiber-fill (available at department & craft stores)


    1. From Fabric 1 cut 6 strips of fabric from selvage to selvage.  Each strip should measure 4″ wide and approximately 43″-44″ long.
    2. From Fabric 2 cut 5 strips of fabric from selvage to selvage.  Each strip should measure 4″ wide and approximately 43″-44″ long.
    3. From the Fabric 3 fat quarters, cut three pieces 18″ x 22″.
    4. Always backstitch each seam to secure it but do the backstitch about 5/8″ from the beginning.  That first 5/8″ of most seams will become “fray” and will not hold the backstitch.
    5. Stitch the strips of fabric 1 and fabric 2 together with a 5/8″ seam, starting with fabric 1 and alternating with fabric 2.

    6. Clip all the raw edges of the seams (you don’t need to clip the outer perimeter edges) about 1/2 inch apart and about 1/2 inch deep.  It doesn’t matter at all if the ends come out even or not because they will be cut away eventually.  Make sure you don’t clip into the stitch line.  If you do, restitch it immediately and seal it with something to prevent fraying like No Fray liquid.
    7. When all the strips are stitched together and clipped, press the raw seams all toward the same direction.  Press from the other side also to make sure your seams are flattened.IMG_7304
    8. Carefully tape your two copy paper pieces together matching up the short sides.  Then along one side use your ruler or yard stick to trace off a segment measuring 4.5″ x 18″.  Cut this out.  It will be your pattern piece for the chevron design.
    9. Fold your striped block in half lengthwise with the clipped sides out.  Match up the seams on the unfolded edge so that the stripes are exactly identical on the front and the back.  Put some pins randomly throughout to hold it into place.IMG_7309
    10. Now this is the only tricky part.  If you get this right, the chevron design will turn out perfect.  But even if you don’t get this right, you’ll still have a super herringbone design!  So don’t stress but do try to get this lined up right.<br/ ><br/ >***
      Place the pattern piece on the striped block at a diagonal.  Put the lower left corner of the pattern piece exactly touching the stitched seam in the lower left corner of the striped block as shown in the pictures below.  Place the upper right corner exactly touching the stitched seam four rows across.  Study the pictures if this sounds confusing.IMG_7306IMG_7306-2
    11. Now trace this piece and repeat the process two more times, placing the pattern piece on your striped block so that each cut out has the same striping pattern.  Place some pins inside the traced cutouts so the upper or lower fabric won’t shift.  Then cut out all three pieces, cutting through both layers.  See images below of the finished cut outs.IMG_7317
    12. Unpin the first cutout and re-pin it just as it was but with the clipped edges on the inside this time.  Try to match up the seams carefully.  (These seams will be the v’s of your chevron design.)  Stitch along the right side with fabric 2 at the top and fabric 1 at the bottom.IMG_7318
    13. Do this with all three cutouts and open them as shown below.IMG_7321
    14. Line up the three rectangle pieces as shown in the picture below.  The pattern should be exactly the same in all of them.IMG_7323
    15. Stitch the three pieces together in the same pattern as they are shown above.  Stitch them together with the clipped edges on the inside.
    16. Press the long seams flat.  This side shown below is the BACK side of your pillow block.  The front side has the clipped edges.IMG_7326
    17. Place one of the batting/felt pieces into the center of one of the fabric 3 pieces.  Trim batting/felt if necessary to make it approximately 1″ from the edge on all sides.  If it’s more than 1″ in places, don’t worry about it.  If you have the quilt basting spray, spray both sides of the batting lightly to help hold it in place while stitching.IMG_7327
    18. Place the stitched chevron block on top to create a sort of “sandwich” with the batting/felt in the middle.  Make sure the clipped edges of the chevron piece are facing out.  Pin on all sides and randomly across all the stitch lines.IMG_7336
    19. Create a similar “sandwich” with the two remaining fabric 3 pieces and the one remaining batting/felt piece.  Use the quilt basting spray again on the batting (optional).  Trim the batting/felt as needed and pin all three layers together.IMG_7328
    20. From the front side of the chevron “sandwich”, stitch a quilting stitch through all three layers following the stitch line of the seams.  This will create a chevron quilt pattern on the back side.  Which unfortunately, will be hidden inside the pillow but because it’s pretty, I’m adding a pic of the backside also.  :-) IMG_7338IMG_7340
    21. Stitch a line across the center of the bottom edge about 6″ wide and 5/8″ from the edge.  This will secure the layers when you are stuffing the pillow later on.
    22. Stitch the other “sandwich” together by adding some quilting lines.  You can do this however you wish just as long as you stitch the three layers together.  You can follow the design of the fabric or draw some lines to stitch on with a pen that will wash out.  Be creative!  It doesn’t need a lot of stitching; just enough to hold the batting in place when it’s washed.  Stitch a 6″ span in the center of the bottom of the panel that matches up with the 6″ span at the bottom of the front panel.IMG_7341
    23. Place the second sandwich flat on the table and place the first one over it with the clipped edges facing out and matching up the 6″ spans as best you can.  They don’t need to match exactly.  Pin in place.  Stitch around the perimeter about 1″ from the edge beginning with one end of the 6″ span and ending with the other end.  This will leave a hole in the pillow where you can stuff it later on.
    24. Clip the outer raw edges of the pillow.  On the corners, make a diagonal clip as shown below.  Be very careful not to cut into the stitching line while making your clips.IMG_7349
    25. Wash your pillow before stuffing it.  Machine wash in cold and tumble dry.  Use a liquid fabric softener if possible to help loosen the threads for the “fray”.  Between washing and drying, take the pillow outside and shake it to remove a lot of the strings.  Also, you’ll probably want to stop the dryer at least once and clean the lint trap of strings.
    26. After it’s dry, stuff the pillow through the opening at the bottom with some fiber-fill of your choice.  Then machine stitch or hand stitch the opening closed and enjoy your Shabby Chevron Pillow!




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