From Stripes to Chevrons: Pillow Tutorial

by Dana on September 15, 2010

For months I’ve been enamored with Chevron patterned items: bags, home decor, cards, paper, etc. It seems to be everywhere! (this blog post sums it up nicely. And now I totally want that Michael Kors swimsuit). The look is modern/cute and it works well in a home because it’s non-gender. I love the design and colors; my husband loves that it’s not ruffled or floral. But the problem is, I can’t find cool chevron printed fabric! Am I missing something? There are variations here on Spoonflower but I’m thinking more in the $7/yard range. If you have a lead, send it my way!
UPDATE: you guys have sent me some good links. Thanks! You can find chevron fabrics at:
* City Craft (in the Michael Miller section)
* Premier Prints
* Paula Prass, Summer Soiree (at HancockFabrics!)
* Heather Bailey, Pop Garden
* Tonic Living (a Canadian shop!)
So….although it’s a popular trend, it’s been hard to make anything since the fabric options were sparse.
But then, a few months back I stumbled on THIS from Instructables and realized that simple quilting was the answer! Take striped fabric, cut bias strips in two different directions, and sew them together to create a zigzag chevron! I know, I know, nothing new. In fact it’s probably one of those Quilting 101 concepts. But it was an “ah-hah!” moment in my brain.
So I grabbed my favorite IKEA striped fabric, rotary cutter, and just winged it, taking photos along the way. And whadaya know, it worked out!
And I love it! So I’m sharing it with you. And I promise, it’s not as complicated as it looks. The sewing comes together pretty easy. It’s all in the cutting and being as precise as possible (just as in quilting).

You’ll find the complete tutorial HERE (and in the tutorials link at the top of the blog).
If I was really clever, I would have made everything line up into little diamonds on the bottom of the pillow. But eh, it’s close enough for my needs.
Throw it on your bed, the couch, or a chair. It livens up any room!

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best chevron fabrics around are Riley Blake’s! Different sizes, tone on tone and tons of colors!


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