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Make a Ruffly Pillow Cover out of an Old Bedskirt

When do you create?Β 
For me, my creative time hits in the dead of night.
Once I get my kids in bed I start thinking about making projects.

I know you guys are probably so tired of me talking about my never-ending bedroom redo. I am having a huge decorating dilemma with my bedroom redo — why am I having such a hard time with it?!?

One specific problem is — there’s a little bench at the bottom of my bed that is metal and hard — it needed a cushion.

The other night in a flash of creative energy I decided to make a cushion for that bench. Of course all of the stores were closed, so I looked in my donation basket and saw an old bedskirt I was going to donate. You know the material that goes under your box springs? It white and I thought it might make great ruffles.

I had one of those body pillows left over from when I was pregnant, and it was just about the right size for the bench, so I made a ruffly pillow cover for that cushion. So this is my bench solution for now.
It’s kind of romantic and pretty!
This is what I did:

  1. Cut out the pillow cover front and back. For the front. measure the pillow and add 1 inch to all sides for the seams. For the back, take the same width as the front, but make two parts so you can slip the pillow through the opening.The bigger part’s length is 4 inches less than the front cover. And the second part is 8 inches in length. Sew the seams under that will be exposed on the envelope side of the pillow cover.
  2. Don’t sew the front and back together yet! You need to make the ruffles. Cut 2 inch width sections of material, double the length of the pillow. Using a long stitch so you can gather the thread. Make as many as you need to cover the front of the pillow.
  3. Once you have the ruffles sewn, pin them on the front of the pillow cover. Line them up so they are the same width apart and straight.
  4. Once they are all pinned, sew them onto the pillow cover and remove all the pins.
  5. Then you can attach the front and back of the pillow cover. Make sure the ruffles are facing inside the pillow cover so you can flip it inside out when you are done and the seams are inside.

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(no – I’m not pregnant…)

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  1. Ummm, A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. I would love for you to make me one. πŸ˜‰

  2. Cara @ Whimsy Smitten says:

    Love the room, LOVE the ruffled body pillow cover. I'm a funky sleeper and I simply cannot part with my body pillow that my husband refers to as "the other man" in our bed, or sometimes "my boyfriend, Phil" because of its obnoxious tendency to build a wall between the two of us. My bedroom is girly and pastel colors but the body pillow is big and brown and ugly, and this is a perfect solution. I'm no seamstress, but as soon as I gather the courage, I'm going to attempt this project. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  3. Kat @ Black Kats Design says:

    Hi. You were caught being creative! I've featured your wonderful project on my blog http://www.BlackKatsDesign.blogspot.com. Thanks for the inspiration. Stop on by and grab a featured button and show off!


  4. sara jensen says:

    Wow! This whole room is just stunning!!!!!!

  5. Atelier de Charo says:

    Love ruffles, beautiful job!!!


  6. Ohhhhh! It is so ruffley and pretty. Me Likey! I have one left over from my pregnant days too…hmmmm!

  7. oh, so pretty! love it! you have the best ideas and your bedroom is beautiful-how awesome that you had everything on hand too-makes it even better!

    thanks for your decorating tips-i've never painted furniture before but thought about it but then unthought about it :) gotta get up my courage and spice up my house!

  8. dimpleprints says:

    Jen-AWESOME idea! I have thrown away a few of those old bedskirts, oh what I could have done. Love this idea, my daugther would love a ruffly pillow like that. Thanks for all the creative ideas, Carli

  9. Jeni @ peppertowne.com says:

    That's an amazing save from your trash bin! Awesome!

    ps. Thanks for your ideas about my weirdo fireplace

  10. JessieMomma says:

    L-O-V-E this cover!!! I have the body pillow AND a random ugly bedskirt in my give-away bag… CHA-CHING! Who says ya can't make Christmas presents in April! πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much – your room re-do is absolutely gorgeous!

  11. shortmama says:

    So beautiful!

  12. RootsAndWingsCo says:

    This is beautiful. Way to redo into something amazing! It gives the room so much texture, because it's so large! Love it!
    Rebecca of the R&W Gals
    Thanks for linking up to my linky party!

  13. love this (of course)and love that you are ok with random toys in your pics! happens to me all the time, lol! today i think i have one up of my son with his head cut off. πŸ˜‰ btw, the links to your partners in the blog hop aren't working, thought you might want to know. :)

  14. Meet Virginia says:

    Gorgeous! I love this!! Thanks for the awesome tute!


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  15. jenheadjen says:

    Whoa. That looks like a totally overwhelming project, but you make it so easy. I'm inspired.

  16. beckaboots says:

    Wow! This is awesome! I love how romantic this is. Great job- It's beautiful.

  17. Ok I LOVE that pillow, and I LOVE your bedroom!!!! Evie's nursery at our 1st house was painted almost that color & I'm thinking about using it in her room again in August (Clean Sweep, I swear!) I've been looking around for inspiration and I think I've found it. THANK YOU!

  18. Melissa Miller says:

    Jen this is just precious!
    I heart cute ruffles. :)

  19. Jen, that ruffled cushion is adorable! And what's even neater, you used things you already had. Now that's awesome!

  20. Stephanie says:

    I love the way you fixed your decorating dilemma! I can not believe you don't have a ruffler with all the ruffling you do!

  21. meredith* says:

    umm so this rocks! I mentioned your awesomeness on my blog today:)

  22. You were given an allotment of creativity that was supposed to be reserved for about 50 people. I am continually amazed and inspired.

  23. Connie Weiss says:

    I've seen those ruffles a lot lately and I love them. Great job!

  24. You better hope your not pregnant because you just ruffled your body pillow! Darling! I might have to copy that ! Love ya!

  25. Julie Harward says:

    Hi Jen…I love this bed skirt pillow, it is so very pretty! You have such a creative eye! I love that MOTHER necklace so much but I never win things like that. Thanks for your visit and kindness, it means a lot to me πŸ˜€

  26. Jennifer says:

    Oh I love it!!!

    Can I copy you?? :)

    Thanks for always having AMAZING ideas..

  27. Restorative Living says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!! So cute! Can you imagine an entire duvet cover like this??!!! Fantastic.

  28. Ann @ makethebestofthings says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog about my silver button ball! I love the over the top ruffled sweetness of this pillow. I plan to make one of muslin to go with the others I posted on my blog, and now you've lit a fire under me. Is that a good thing? ;0)

  29. Jennifer@Wheretheheartis says:

    I love it! I need to learn how to sew ruffles so I can make some of the pretties you do.

  30. Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage says:

    Love those ruffles!

  31. Slipcovers by Shelley says:

    Ok…. I love ruffles and I love that pillow!! I love trying to use what I have on hand and turn it into something amazing. Great Job! I met your mom the other day while I was fitting her couches for slipcovers and she told me about your blog.

  32. Oh, I just love it! It looks like something straight out of Anthropologie!!

  33. sherlonkahkai says:

    The ruffley pillow is AWESOME!

  34. I love that!
    -Mama E

  35. Nicole R.J. says:

    Adore that pillow!

  36. Sylvia (at) Lily's Pad and Petals says:

    GORGEOUS just GORGEOUS !!!!!!!

  37. So stinkin CUTE!!! And, I love your direction to remove the pins…pretty important if you wanna sit down! Another marvelous creation!

  38. Love Stitched says:

    I love this – so cute!! the ruffles are darling!! your so creative!! :)

  39. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    I am seriously going to find something to put ruffles on this week if it kills me! I love your cushion. I actually need to make one for a piece of furniture in my living room that I am converting from an entertainment console to a bench, but not sure my hubby will go for ruffles in the living room:)

  40. Pam @ bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful says:

    Gorgeous, Jen! I love ruffles but it always seems to take me forever to make them- maybe I need to adjust my stitch length?

  41. BLJ Graves Studio says:

    I am in love with your ruffly pillow cover. You are just too brilliant to think to use a bedskirt. :-)

  42. FrouFrouBritches says:

    Gosh girl! You are freakin' brilliant! I wish I would've seen this before my Hubby threw out my pregnancy body pillow last week. I could've used it for my hall tree bench cushion. UGH! I'm kicking myself for not being as smart as you. SOOOOOO CUTE!

  43. Crazy Daisy says:

    What can't you do? Do you ever make it to Wyoming?

    Happy Day,
    Jasey @ Crazy Daisy

  44. the thrifty ba says:

    love your bedroom! and the toy is just keeping it real! thanks for sharing!

  45. Jen,
    There is no way I could pull something like that off after my girls are in bed…much less any other time of day! :) Your pillow turned out incredibily well! What an inspiration you are!

  46. Sherri @ Design2Shine says:

    GREAT solution! Looks all romantic and frilly. Love it and the black and white!

  47. I am loving the pillow Jen, and your bedroom too! How very bold and beautiful! xxoo

  48. Ummm, WOW!! I so love those ruffles. :) Your bedroom re-do is turning out so cute.

    My creativity gets going at night too. lol. I guess that's the only time I can think without a child needing something from me.


  49. Mc Allen says:

    wow, I wouldnt even know where to begin making that, serious talent!! Love it and the necklace! Great post! xoxo LA

  50. Oooooo… I want one, too! I am going to have to raid my linen closet for our top sheets we never end up using anyway! :)

  51. sweet european dreams says:

    scrumptious! It looks like you purchased it from Anthropologie, and paid a LOT for it!

  52. wow,this turned out nice! Do you wanna make me one?!?!lol

  53. raggygirlvintage says:

    Wow, that is like ruffle heaven!!

  54. Jen this is my favorite idea of yours yet! I love how this turned out and have an extra bedskirt laying around here too! Now the sewing part…my machine is still in its unopened box. ACK!

  55. Preppy Pink Crocodile says:

    Oh be still my heart- LOVE that idea! I want a duvet that looks like that! Or maybe the ruffles on the bottom 2/3? Making a mental note for future (middle of the night!) Use.

  56. Ashley O says:

    Seriously!!!??? You amaze me!!

  57. That is absolutely fabulous! Love it!

  58. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    That is absolutely gorgeous, and definitely a great SOLUTION! :) I love projects that repurpose things around the house! I like the step by step instructions too, very helpful. :) Thanks so much for linking up, Jen! You're a sweetheart. :)

  59. ooo my boyfriend could never handle all those ruffles. unfortunately, i am the only girl in the house. boo! haha

  60. Girl you and ruffles go together like peas and carrots! Your bedroom is GORGEOUS and the pillow cover is icing on an already yummy cake!

  61. Kayla Danelle Anderson says:

    Gasp! It's GORGEOUS! I am in love. Thank you for posting. :)

  62. Natalie Catherine says:

    how pretty!!! love that cushion.. very romantic.

  63. Beth@The Stories of A to Z says:

    Yay! I get to see your bedroom. I love your ruffle cushion! Do you have a ruffler attachment on your sewing machine?

  64. Oh for heavens sakes, that it gorgeous! AND so much work! Seriously, you should get a prize for that one. It's beautiful!

  65. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    Now that is a lot of ruffles, Jen! : ) I love it! It looks very soft and romantic. I get ideas when I'm supposed to be falling asleep, but I try to put them out of mind otherwise I have a problem getting up for the day job. Just tonight I was in my garage working on a couple of things and when I came out 2 hours had gone by! I totally lost track of the time.

  66. Infarrantly Creative says:

    Fluffy, lovely, white, classic…LOVES! I also love the shape of the bench too. So cute. I am definitely not sick of your bedroom yet! :-)

  67. CRAZYMOM says:

    I love this! It's so pretty. I have been looking for something to cover the hope chest at the end of my bed. I wonder if I'd have the patience to make than many ruffles.

  68. What a great idea for a body pillow! Mine is jammed in a closet and now you've got me thinkin' I need to pull it out of there. Beautiful bedroom :)


  69. Whimsical Creations says:

    So beautiful!

  70. VERY CUTE! I have a body pillow on my bed that we always hide BEHIND the other pillows.

    That is too gorgeous to hide!

    I will be posting this on my blog!

  71. Baker Family says:

    I love this! It was unexpected, and so beautiful! Thanks for the great idea! :)

  72. Very cute & very frugal!! I don't imagine it was quick to make though. :)

  73. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says:

    VERY pretty! Love all of the ruffles. The entire bed setup is just gorgeous!

  74. Jenglamgirl says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THAT ruffled bench cushion you made. It is very romantic looking. I heart your room major! I love the toy in the pic. its just proves you are MOM!

    Come by Craftomaniac.blogspot.com when you can! Hugs, Luvs, Jenn


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