Two New Pillow Styles for Candi

Ruffled Euro Pillows

One of the biggest thrills I get is when I receive an email from a reader who has been inspired by something they’ve seen here at Beyond the Screen Door.

Not just inspired but inspired to create something similar for their own home.

Now if this is your story? I would LOVE to hear about it!

Honestly! Really! Email me and tell me all about it!

Today’s pillows are the result of a reader’s inspiration and our collaboration to bring that inspiration to life.

Ruffled Pillows

When Candi contacted me she and her mom had been working on new pillows for Candi’s master bedroom. They had picked out these lovely fabrics from JoAnn’s and had even begun the process of cutting out the pillows.

The snag came when Candi’s Mom began having trouble with her sewing machine. Candi emailed and asked if I could help out and make a few pillows for her.

They’re initial idea was to have a double ruffle out of the leopard and the solid brown. This combination ended up being too thick. So the leopard fabric (which is almost upholstery weight) became a flat flange with a ruffled corner in order to reduce the bulk of the fabrics.

Pillow Fabrics

Candi then asked if I’d create an accent pillow for her living room out of fabrics she had left over from previous projects. I decided to use Candi’s 5 fabrics plus add one more. A green silk to play up the green in the floral.

The pillow size needed was a 16″ x 20″.

Pillow DimensionsThis is the official process of deciding how to make a multi-fabric pillow.


When using this many fabric on a fairly small pillow double ruffles are always a good place to being. I decided on a tiny pleated ruffle to divide the fabrics used on the body of the pillow.

Now, all that’s left to decide is where to put which fabric.

Pillow Fabric Options (5)

Look close or you’ll think I’m just repeating the same photo. :)

Pillow Fabric Options (4)

This process consists of simply laying out my fabric options until I come up with the best combination.
This doesn’t always happen quickly. In fact, I can be pretty picky about this step.

Pillow Fabric Options (3) Pillow Fabric Options (2) Pillow Fabric Options

Until finally, one combination makes more sense to my eye than the rest.

Laying out a Multi Fabric Pillow Combination

The best combination!

This is my final answer.

Ruffle Details

The result is an adorable multi-fabric pillow using 6 fabrics (the solid brown is on the back).

Pleated Pillow Detail

I made the tiny yellow check into a tiny hand-pleated ruffle.

Hidden Pillow Zipper

And hid the zipper between the two end ruffles.

Multi Fabric Ruffled Pillow

Candi was so pleased with the end result of our collaboration! I was, too!

Would you consider making an accent pillow using this many left over fabrics?

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10 Responses to Two New Pillow Styles for Candi

  1. Stacey says:

    Gorgeous! I would absolutely love pillows made from that many fabrics. They are just too fun to pass up.

  2. I love it. I love to mix fabrics and this is an amazing job. Looks fabulous. Hugs, Marty

  3. martina says:

    OMG Sonya…LOVE the way they turned out!! So pretty!!

  4. Paula Chaffin says:


  5. Judy says:

    No, I would probably not even save left-over fabric! This pillow is really a work of art, though, and nicely done. I love all the colors and textures!

  6. sandra says:

    Beautiful, beautiful, good use of left-overs-I save everything. I especially like the zipper
    between the ruffles. I hope you have a ruffle!

  7. Pat says:

    I love it! I’ve always loved how you mix & match fabrics so yes, I’d definitely be up for this. You always amaze me, regardless of how many pillows or window treatments I see! :)


  8. Scottie says:

    Okay Sonya this has to be one of your best! You have an absolute God-given talent as a designer and seamstress. The pillow is just beautiful and I would never have the ability to put together such a work of art.

  9. Cynthia says:

    I love this pillow and really enjoy mixing different fabrics and textures together. Great job!!!


  10. Irene says:

    Love this! You know how I love to combine fabrics. I love the pillows you’ve made for me, too