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Re-imagine & Renovate: Ruched Bolster Pillow

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The popular R&R series (Re-imagine & Renovate) is our way to show you how combining different fabrics in a project can produce an almost unlimited number of beautiful end results. These pretty round pillows were originally done it a bright floral that completely lived up to the collection’s name: Happy Land by Jennifer Paganelli for FreeSpirit Fabric. We switched the palette to a deep navy, wedgwood blue, and cream with gold metallic accents to give this new R&R version a more sleek and elegant styling.

Our fabric selection is from the Charleston collection by Revive for Timeless Treasures, which we purchased locally. It's a 2015 collection and so may not be readily available in your area, but the idea of the Re-imagine & Renovate series is not necessarily to focus on a specific fabric, but instead to show you how a new combination creates a new look – encouraging you to do your own experimentation.

We mixed an organically flowing floral with a neat geometric then tied the two pillows together with the same piping in a pop of rich coral. The metallic accents on all three fabrics add a lovely depth.

The center ruched accent (a panel with gathering along both sides is considered ruched) gives each bolster a unique dimensional embellishment and goes nicely with the gathered pony tail ends.

Our two bolster pillow forms are slightly different sizes, which makes for an interesting pair when displayed on a couch or chair.

You could also make just one to add a bit of variety to a standard pile of square and rectangle pillows.

If you've explored our Project Index lately, you know there are hundreds of great Sew4Home articles and projects. It can be easy for some of the older entries to slip from memory. This series reminds you how fun it is to bring a favorite forward with a brand new look. 

To Re-imagine & Renovate your own Bolster Pillow, go to the original tutorial:

Ruched Tootsie Roll Pillow in Happy Land

Our new pillows were made following the same construction steps as the original tutorial with just a few changes. Because the bolster pillow forms we used were different sizes from the original, we adapted the cuts to fit. Updated cut sizes are shown below for both a 14” x 5” and 16” x 6” bolster. 

Since our piping is the continuity element between the two pillows, we wanted it to be more prominent and so went with a slightly thicker piping cord at ¼” rather than the original ⅛”. The resulting wider 2” fabric strips are listed in the updated cuts above. 

Finally, we made the hem of the pony tail ends a bit wider to insure there was a nice, deep finish. 

For more information about putting together a new look for a classic project, take a look at our article: Top 10 Designer Tips for Blending Colors and Prints

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