Friday, July 8, 2011

Make Chevron From A Stripe- Living Savvy

Hello all A' la Mode readers!  My name is Tiffany and I blog at Living Savvy.  Shel asked me to come by and share my tutorial on how to make a stripe into a chevron.  Is it just me, or is anyone else obsessed with the chevron pattern?  The design is graphic, but simple and found in so many styles of design. 

Awhile ago, I was in desperate need of a new pillow {and color} update for my family room.  I had searched hi and low for pre-made pillows {that were affordable} but had no luck.  I turned my search to fabric.  But that meant I had to sew them...

I have been wanting to learn how to sew for the longest time.  My Mother is an amazing seamstress and has sewn most of my window treatments, pillows, and table runners over the years.  On her latest visit to the Mainland, {they live in Hawaii... lucky} she agreed to teach me how to sew the right way {I had few lucky attempts at some curtains but they were not done to my Mom's standard}. 

 After a long search for fabric I found this {read more about my fabric search, here}:

I loved the color and texture of the fabric.  It had the red that I had to keep in the room and the blue and yellows I wanted to add, but I wanted it was too traditional and I wanted it to be slightly more modern.  As I stared at the fabric I thought, 'why can't we make it into a chevron pattern pillow?'  My Mom just looked at me... OF COURSE I couldn't just learn how to sew a simple pillow {I rarely ever do things the easy way}!!

After a lot of talking it out between my Mom and Dad {I was trying not to say anything because I was suppose to be learning} they decided how the pattern would be cut out.  

The pillow forms I had were 20"x20".  I wanted there to be 4 panels of the chevron so that meant the panels needed to be 5" finished {6" total giving us a 1/2" seam allowance for both sides of the panels}.   For the 2 pillows I needed 2 yards of fabric due to the bias cuts.

The panels were cut on a 45 degree bias 6" wide.  With the fabric folded {top pic} the right angles would make the 45 degree bias.  I was going to make two pillows so there was going to be 8 panels cut total. We cut 4 panels from the right and 4 from the left.

Next step was to pin and sew all of the panels together.  Once I had all of the stripes lined up and pinned I began to sew.  My first attempt was not so good!  I had to rip it out, re-pin, and re-sew but the second time I got it right!

Two more panels to go....

Now it is like a normal piece of fabric that can be sewed into a pillow!!  I chose to use a navy blue fabric for the back of the pillows since the pattern didn't really give me a lot of blue. 

And here is the finished result:

I love them!  I love them even more because I made them myself!! 
Now start looking at striped fabric and think OUTside of the lines!!
Thanks Shel for letting me share with your readers!

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  1. Great idea! I really like that and have some fabric I just may try that out on!

  2. Wow. I am blown away. What pretty fabric. I think you just added another project to my list. Beautiful job.

  3. I just found your blog and love it! I am 20 weeks preggo and have seen your nursery featured on so many websites. You have so many great ideas for interior design and baby items! Thanks! Also, I love the retro fan that you used in the nursery/closet...I have been looking for one for our nursery. I am in Atlanta too!

  4. Learning to sew is a new goal of mine. I love this idea. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I just started sewing and would love to try this project soon! Your pillow is beautiful! Great fabric!

  6. Wow. That is genius! Love how it turned out!!

  7. So cool! Love the design, I couldn't figure out how to cut the fabric if my life depended on it!! That's why I have my math genius hubby!!

  8. Well done, Tiffany. I guess it's not easy to line up the lines but the end result is fabulous! What a great idea!


  9. There is so much one can do with fabric, clearly thinking "outside the box" occasionally opens up so many other possibilities. Great work!

  10. I LOVE that pillow! What a great idea...I'm definitely going to have to steal it!!

  11. Well that's fabulous!!! Even more reasons why I need to learn to sew!

  12. What a great idea!! I just bought the lattice material! Now I just need to get motivated enough to make the pillows!!! Thanks!

  13. oooh, I love. Love love LOVE!! I am totally craft-impaired so I'd never be able to pull it off, but I kind of wish I did!