Neon Faux Pleated Pillow tutorial was inspired by a quilting blogger, Vanessa Christianson, with V and Co. She made a faux pleated pillow in the mono chromatic fabrics using a Jelly Roll from Fat Quarters. I am going to refer you to her blog site for great instructions, the only thing I did differently was the color selection of the jelly roll fabrics. For my pillow, I used 25 colors for this pillow front but followed her layout and sewing instructions. I loved this pillow so much I made two, and will make more but in different fabric color combinations. Thank you Vanessa for sharing this great pillow idea.
Neon Faux Pleated Pillow Tutorial
As mentioned earlier please check out complete step by step instructions from V and Co for this faux pleated pillow. Here are my fabric choices. Kona cotton solids roll up by Robert Kaufman ordered from Fat Quarter Shop.
Neon Faux Pleated Pillow Tutorial -7 steps
Step 1: When unrolling the roll, I selected my fabric graduated colors from 5 sets of colors from 5 different color families. The fabric strips are 2-1/2″ x 42 ” long, as with V and Co, after selecting my 25 fabrics, I cut each fabric strip in half making each strip 21″ long. Since the fabric strips are 2-1/2″ wide, I folded them in half lengthwise and pressed to form a folded strip. There will be a pinked edge which will be the edge that you will sew to the face fabric on the drawn lines shown in step 3.
Step 2: I started with 20 1/2 x 20 1/2″( same size as V and Co. ) bright orange face fabric and for the back of the pillow I used the 20 1/2 ” x 20 1/2 ” lime green fabric. For the thread.. I used 5 colors, lime, orange, a medium blue, a medium melon, and a medium purple. Of course I had 5 different bobbins ready to go with the threads so the sewing time went faster.
Step 3: Marking the fabric lines for strip placements and sewing. Measured up 1-1/4 ” from the bottom raw edge and drew a line. I used a light pencil for drawing the lines. I tried a water erasable pen, but didn’t like the results. The tried and true pencil worked best for me. From the bottom line, then draw 3/4 ” lines on entire fabric front piece. These lines are your guides for sewing the strips. I wanted the lime green color family on the top of the finished pillow, so after laying out all the color strips to get the look I wanted, I bundled each color family of 5 with a pin, so I had my selections ready to sew with out confusion of what color was next.
Step 4-7- sew first strip from edge to edge, then line up next color strip on the drawn line, sew along pinked edge, repeat with all 5 color families totally 25 strips of fabrics covering the entire pillow front. Stuff pillow with pillow form or do what I did and re-purpose an old pillow I wasn’t using.
The end result is so pretty. I hope you will make this pillow but in your favorite color scheme.