Ruched Pillow Tutorial

This ruched pillow tutorial is a good beginner project.  You can make a great looking pillow that adds color and style to a room and takes minutes to make. Easy Ruched Pillow Tutorial. Free pdf pattern with easy to follow instructions. Love how the pattern has different pillow sizes!This is also a great first sewing project.
For the Pillow you will need:
1/2 yard fleece (you could really use several different kinds of fabric for this pillow)
Pillow form (I have just been using old throw pillows from around the house)
Sewing Essentials (pins, scissors, etc.)
Sewing Machine

Video tutorial here

Download the free pattern here.

You can get a free copy of Adobe reader here. By downloading  you are agreeing to pattern terms of use. Click the picture of the pattern envelope to download the .pdf !

Ruched Pillow Tutorial

1 – Cut out the pattern

Print up the pattern (you can get assembly instructions here . Cut out 1 of each of the pattern  pattern piece.


2 – Begin to gather and sew

Ruching is just a fancy way of saying a ruffle that had been gathered on both sides.
On the longest pattern piece you cut out sew a basting stitch all the way down each side.

Gather each side to the length of the side pieces and pin.

Using a .5 seam allowance, sew each side of the gathered piece, making the front of the pillow.

3- Turn under back edge

Turn under the edge of the top back piece one inch and sew using a straight stitch along the edge of the fabric..  If you are using fleece, felt or t-shirt knit there  is no need to do this to the bottom piece.  However, if you are using any other fabric you will need to turn under the side closest to the center of the pillow 1/4 inch and sew close to the edge of fabric.

4 – Sew the pillow together

With the top of the pillow right side facing up, lay the top back piece on top of the pillow, line up and pin, then lay back bottom piece on pillow, pin.  Now using a 1/2 seam allowance sew all the way around the pillow.

5 – Final Steps

Trim threads, trim corners, turn right side out.  Insert pillow form.  Tada! Now you have a great pillow.
The great part about using and “envelope” pillow design is that it slides off easy for washing, and can be changed out for the seasons or a room refresh.


  1. Hey there, was hoping you could possibly help me understand better how you did the ruffle pillow? I’ve never done anything with the ruffle effect, and was hoping you could possibly do a video on this technique to help better understand how you did that step. I would highly appreciate it!! 🙂

    Thanks, and you have wonderful videos and tutorials on here. Thanks for sharing such great projects with all of us. 🙂

    1. Hi CJ,
      I would love to get around to making a video for this pattern. But I have to be honest it won’t be in the near future as I have several other videos in the que right now. Feel free to email me and I will see if I can clarify a step for you.
      – Angel

  2. Hello, I love your fleece fun site. thanks for all the great stuff you post.
    However, I have made your ruched pillow 3 times now and I keep having the same problem in the back. It is too loose. I think maybe there is a flaw in the pattern. The gap is driving me crazy and I am not sure how it can be fixed.

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