Spring Zig Zag Ric Rac Pillows

It has been approx. five months since I made a new pillow and almost 6 months since I made something with ric-rac.

Seriously. It’s ridiculous.

One can only go so long without using ric rac’s zigzaggy goodness to make something wonderful.
I bet you were saying that just the other day.

Well if you were – I have a set of fun pillows for you – to fulfill all your ric-rac’n zig-zag’n desires!

Ok. Enough with the silliness – but aren’t they pretty?
I have been wanting some new pillows for spring and I think these pretty blues and greens will be perfect through the summer too!

I have a detailed tutorial for you of the Ric Rac Chevron pillow – and simple instructions for the other because it’s quite a few less steps!

Here’s what you’ll need to get going:

• Fabric – I used a linen and this lovely Amy Butler print.
If you make both you’ll need about 1/2 yard of linen and 1 yard of print.
• Ric Rac – at least three packages for color variations
• 2 pillow forms – one 16″ and one 14″
• Glue and felt scraps (for ric rac rosettes on the smaller pillow)

Start by cutting out your pieces for the large pillow. This tutorial is for a pillow cover – but you could easily make it a regular pillow too.
Cut out of linen one piece 16″ x 10″ and one piece 2″ x 16″.
Cut out of your print fabric one piece 24″ x 7″, one piece 16″ x 12″, one piece 16″ x 8″.

Mark your linen piece for the ric rac zig zags.
Measure 1″ down on the left side and make a mark with a fabric marker. Continue marking down the left side every 2″.
Measure across the width at every mark and make a dot every 2″.

Place the end of your ric rac at the 2nd dot on the left side of the linen. Sew the ric rac in a diagonal up to the first 2″ dot on in the top row of marks.
Sew down in a diagonal to the dot in the 2nd row that is 4″ from the left. Continue sewing in a zig zag, hitting every other dot. You will end your zig zag at the 1″ dot on the right side.

Sew your remaining ric rac zig zags – following the line of your first zig zag and using the dots as your guides.

Gather the 24″ x 7″ piece of the print fabric on both long sides until the sides measure 16″.

Sew the ruffled print strip to the left side of the linen piece.

Press the pieces down and sew a top stitch on the linen piece 1/4″ from the seam.

Set the top aside for now. Take the larger of your two back pieces. Cut a small piece of ric rac (about 4″), loop this and pin it to the bottom center of the piece. Fold the 2″ linen piece in half and line up the raw edges with the bottom edge of the print piece. The ric rac loop will be between the linen and print. Sew the pieces together.

Press the linen piece down and sew a top stitch along the print side 1/4″ from the edge.
On the smaller print piece for the back, turn the top under twice and sew down to finish the edge.

Line the top and bottom up so that the top overlaps the bottom and the total square of the two pieces measures 16″. Sew a basting stitch along both sides 1/4″ from the edge.

Place the top and bottom of the pillow pieces right sides together. Sew around all 4 sides.

Clip the corners so they’ll turn right side out nicely.
Turn right side out and insert the pillow form.
Check the placement and sew the button onto the back. Loop the ric rac around the button.

Pillow One done!!

Ok – for pillow 2 – now that you’re a pillow expert – I have instructions but not step by step photos.
This one is a regular pillow, not a cover. 
Cut – 1 – 14″ square of print for the back. 1 – 8″ x 14″ piece of print for the front. 1 – 6″ x 14″ piece of linen for the back.
Sew the linen piece to the print for the front. Press the seam and sew a piece of ric rac over the seam.
Sew the front to the back, leaving an opening at the bottom for turning. Turn right side out and insert pillow form.
Sew opening closed.

For the ric rac rosettes – I used the fabulous tutorial from The Crafting Chicks.
I cut out a 4″ circle of linen and cut a small circle in the center. I gathered the center and glued it to circle of felt.
Then I glued the ric rac rosettes in the center and added them to the pillow.

I love these sweet sweet little rosettes!!
If you like the FB page you might have seen last night that I made another rosette into a pretty ring!
I have a feeling I’m going to making a lot of these. ;)

Aren’t the pillows fun?

Mmmmm. Lots of ric-racky zig-zaggy yumminess!

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  • Reply May 9, 2011


    GREAT tutorial!! Those pillows are just LOVELY! That fabric is soooo pretty and the flowers really add something special :) I’ve never used ric-rack in a project before, but this gives me some pretty good ideas! Thanks for sharing :D

  • Beautiful! I love ric rac!

  • Reply May 10, 2011


    Really cute pillows!

  • Reply May 10, 2011


    [satisfied smile] I love ric rac. Anything with ric rac. These are just beautiful.

    New follower from All Thingz Related.

  • Reply May 10, 2011


    Those are so stinkin’ cute!!! Who doesn’t love ric rac???

  • Reply May 10, 2011


    LOVE these pillows. They feature my favorite colors to decorate with right now.

  • Reply May 10, 2011


    Great pillow!!! I love the colors fabric and ric-rac!! Stopping by from Sugar Bee Crafts Take A Look Tuesday.

    I just finished a jacket and linked up to the party too. Here it is if you want to take a look and I am a follower too.


  • Reply May 10, 2011


    Those are so cute! I love the fabric and color choices

  • Reply May 11, 2011


    Love them! Very fresh and cheerful looking. Makes me wish I knew how to sew!

  • Reply May 11, 2011

    liZ evans

    Your pillows are adorable plus anytime you can use rick rack it’s awesome…I have a whole bin I hoard…anyways…thanks for sharing.

  • Reply May 16, 2011


    These ric-rac pillows are beautiful! I love the bright, spring colors!

  • I love everything about those pillows, but my absolute favorite thing is the ric rac roses!!

    Thank you so much for linking up to “A Little Birdie Told Me…” You amaze me; you really do. You’re so multi-talented and must be busy, busy, busy, but you always take the time to visit your friends, leave nice comments, and support everyone’s endeavors. You’re a class act!

  • Reply May 18, 2011

    Stephanie Lynn

    Beverly – your pillows are so fun and fresh for spring! Love the ric rack rosettes – adorable! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party – I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this. Hope you are having a great week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  • Reply May 18, 2011


    These are pretty and so creative!

  • Reply May 22, 2011


    I made a pillow today and was pretty happy with it but now I wished I had looked at your cute, cute, pillows first. Thanks for the idea’s.

  • Reply January 15, 2012

    Cathy@Vanity of Vanities

    Wow! This is such a beautiful pillow, eh. Love the color, love the design. Absolutely love this DIY.

    Cathy@custom digitizing

  • Reply December 30, 2012

    Vicki Youngblood

    I love rick-rack too, when I was a child my mother used to sew rick-rack on every dress that she made me!

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