Color Fade Chevron Pillow




About: I like to make things for the internets. I also sell a pretty cool calendar at You'll like it.

Our office sofa was already bright red, but I figured it could use some more color on a new pillow. So with a little bit of work and some fabric paint, this chevron pillow was born. Add to that a color fade with 5 shades. Why not?

Step 1: Start the Pillow Case

These pillows are made the same way as the Drop Cloth Pillows I also made. Start with a washed and ironed drop cloth and cut out a 19" x 37" rectangle. Be careful to make sure it's an even rectangle. I'm not super familiar with cutting fabric and this stuff just moves all over the place.

Step 2: Shelf Liner

Cut out and apply a large piece of shelf liner that can cover the fabric. Or at least most of it like here.

Step 3: Chevron Stencil

I made a wide chevron pattern and printed it across two pieces of paper. I trimmed the joining edges and taped them together to get the full size.

After that I cut one negative of the stencil, making sure to save three legs on the bottom. These help with aligning all of the successive chevrons.

Step 4: Mark the Lines

Here you can see the stencil in action. I drew the outline of the stencil once, then moved it up so that the legs were on the previous lines. Mark, move, repeat.

Step 5: Paint!

The darkest shade on the pillow is the regular burgundy fabric paint color. The other 4 colors were creating with different mixes of the burgundy along with white fabric paint.

Step 6: Sew It Up

After letting the paint dry, fold the fabric in half with the paint on the inside and sew up the edges with a sewing machine. You can sew the open side from each edge a little bit as well.

With that done, flip it inside out and stuff the pillow insert inside it.

Step 7: Sewing, Pt. 2

I finished the pillow up with a simple whipstitch. Nothing fancy.

Step 8: Enjoy!

Toss the pillow on the couch. I find it's helpful to lean on it with a pencil and a pad of paper to start sketching out the next idea.



    • Trash to Treasure

      Trash to Treasure
    • Tape Contest

      Tape Contest
    • Jewelry Challenge

      Jewelry Challenge

    9 Discussions

    I'm comfortable with it. Well, really I was making it and just thought "hey! I'll go from burgundy to light burgundy!"

    And didn't realize until later, like a fool, that light burgundy = pink. But it was fine and I stuck with it anyway instead of adding a bit more burgundy.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    AWEsome! I will be coming back because I have been wanting to make something in the chevron design! Thanks for sharing! Sunshiine

    1 reply