Woodland Ruffle Pillow by Fat Quarter Shop

Woodland Ruffle pillow

This month’s pillow features the woodland themes of Big Sky from Moda Fabrics. It’s fast to finish, so let’s get sewing!

Materials to Make a Woodland Ruffle Pillow

  • Fat Quarter of main pillow fabric
  • Fat Eighth of pillow border fabric
  • 1 5/8 yards of ruffle and pillow back fabric
  • 18″ square of batting
  • 18″ square of muslin

Step One:

Cut 1 – 12 ½” square from the main pillow fabric

Cut 2 – 2” x 12 ½” rectangles and 2 – 2″ x 15 ½” rectangles from the pillow border fabric

Cut 3 – 5″ x width of fabric strips from the ruffle fabric

Cut 2 – 18″ x 22″ rectangles from the pillow back fabric

Step Two:

Assemble the pillow top by adding the pillow border rectangles to the main pillow square. Using the BERNINA Patchwork foor #37 and a ¼” seam allowance, stitch the 2 – 2” x 12 ½” border fabric rectangles to the sides of the 12 ½” main pillow fabric square. Press toward the rectangles. Add the 2 – 2” x 15 ½” border fabric rectangles to the top and bottom and press toward the rectangles.

Step Three:

Layer the pillow top, batting and muslin. Using the BERNINA Walking foot#50, quilt the pillow top with straight lines. Trim pillow top to measure 15 ½” x 15 ½”.

Step Four:

Piece together the 5″ x width of fabric ruffle strips and fold lengthwise.


Use Gathering foot #16 and gather the ruffle with a ¼” seam.  (Bernina has a wonderful tutorial on how to use a gathering foot here.)


Pin the ruffle along the edge of the Pillow Top, overlapping and folding in the ends of the strip. Trim strip to fit.

Stitch in place using a ½” seam.

Step Five:

Fold the 18″ x 22″ rectangles in half wrong sides together.

Lay out with a 4″ overlap with folds in the center and raw edges on the outside. Pin and baste 1/8″ away from the edge.

With right sides together, layer the pillow top and the pillow back matching centers. Stitch with a 5/8″ seam. Turn right side out. You’re done!

Thank you so much for joining us for this pillow tutorial! What focus fabric would you use for the Woodland Ruffle Pillow? Let us know in the comments, and see you next month with another In Stitches pillow.

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