Pleated Boxes Pillow: Sew Along

Pleated Boxes Pillow Sew Along Large

Craft Buds is excited to announce our very first sew along! Introducing the Pleated Boxes Pillow, which comes with a free downloadable PDF pattern.

The sew along lasts just over three weeks. With an estimated 2.5 to 3 hours of total sewing time, you can whip up a cheery throw pillow to brighten up your living room, guest bed or any place that needs a little sunshine!


Very few supplies are needed to make this project, which is designed to use up your scraps. To sew along with us, you’ll need:

  • 8 assorted fabric strips, 2” wide and 12” long
  • ½ yard of solid background fabric
  • ½ yard of inexpensive muslin fabric, like an upcycled sheet
  • 8-10 oz. synthetic fiber fill
  • Rotary cutter, acrylic ruler and cutting mat
  • Thread, sewing pins and iron

When finished, the filled pillow cover measures 17″ long x 12″ tall x 6″ wide, the perfect size for a chair or couch accent.

The downloadable pattern will tell you all you need to know to make this pillow, and we’ll also guide you step-by-step throughout the sew along, with extra photos to help guide you along the way. Feel free to work at your own pace, and we’ll all meet back up to share our finished work at the end of the sew along. You can do it!



As a little incentive to get you sewing along, 5 random winners will each take home a prize for linking up their finished pillow to our Flickr group by March 23. If you don’t use Flickr, we’ll also post a linkup here on the blog March 16-23, so you can link up a photo of your finished pillow.

Online Quilting Class

1 winner: A stack of Flea Market Fancy fat quarters from my pre-order!

(Will update with photo)

1 winner: Make it Sew Modern book by Vanessa Christenson
1 winner:
$20 store credit to Lindsay Sews on Etsy

Make it Sew Modern book cover Lindsay Sews on Etsy

1 winner: Glass Half Full PDF pattern
+ pattern of your choice from Create Hope Designs
1 winner: Aurifil Thread Sample Pack (5 spools total)

Glass Half Full - Quilt Pattern Aurifil Thread

March marks our one-year blogiversary, and we’d be so excited to have you join us for the sew along. Enjoy the free pattern, and we’ll see you back in about a week!

Grab a button!

Craft Buds Pleated Boxes Pillow Sew Along


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  25 comments for “Pleated Boxes Pillow: Sew Along

  1. February 24, 2012 at 7:42 am

    I’m in! Shared in on my facebook page too, think I’m going to use up some vintage sheet scraps!

  2. February 24, 2012 at 8:22 am

    I’m in. I can’t get the button to work on my blog though. No doubt it is user error and I will figure it out eventually!

    • February 24, 2012 at 9:03 am

      Not user error–It should be fixed now! Glad to have you join us! :)

      • February 24, 2012 at 10:44 am

        Thank you, that works perfectly now, I’m kind of glad it wasn’t user error!

  3. February 24, 2012 at 8:26 am

    I’m in, too. It’s beautiful!

  4. February 24, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Very cute. Count me in too.

  5. February 24, 2012 at 9:49 am

    I LOVE IT! I’m in! Looks like a great scrap-buster AND I need something Spring-y to work on.

  6. February 24, 2012 at 10:56 am

    woot woot, this is awesome! I’m not a fan of wearing pleats, but I love it on pillows! And heavens knows I need to break my stash down.. this will be perfect!

  7. February 24, 2012 at 11:31 am

    This looks awesome! Do you think you’ll do another sew-along in April?

    • February 24, 2012 at 11:36 am

      It’s definitely possible that we’d do one in the future if this goes well! But if you are too busy in March, the pillow instructions will stay posted so you can join in at any time. :)

      • March 1, 2012 at 11:27 am

        I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the March goes well! I definitely would want to join in April WHEN(!) you do it again! :)

  8. February 24, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I’m so excited! This will be my first “quilty” project. Thanks for hosting the sew-along!

  9. February 24, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Ooh, great incentives there to join in!

  10. February 24, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Oooo This looks fun, have never joined one before. Since I’m into making cushions at the moment this should be interesting. Sooooo joining in! =D

  11. February 26, 2012 at 12:33 am

    What a fun idea! I just downloaded my pattern and will get to work picking out my fabrics! Thanks so much, Lindsay!

  12. February 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I am in… as long as my mom’s sewing machine still works! Mine is in storage with a million other things since we are in between moving, but this is so cute, I can’t pass it up! I got my fabric yesterday! :)

  13. February 26, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Hi, Just to let you know – I had to change the location in your button to: for it to work. The link works now!

    Thank you,


    • February 26, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      Thank you! I’ve fixed the code. :)

  14. February 29, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Great sew along! I don’t have the time but definitely want to try it sometime so I’ll bookmark the pattern!

    Thanks for sharing this! and for hosting such a lovely sew along with great prizes! Good luck to everyone!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  15. Laura
    March 1, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I am so excited this is my first sew along!!

  16. Tara@Tales of a Trophy WIfe
    March 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    What a fun idea-I’m in

  17. kimberlee
    March 1, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I’m excited to join along. I love the pleating in this. I am struggling going through my scraps. I can be too perfectionist.

  18. March 2, 2012 at 11:51 am

    This looks fun and I need to get back into sewing. Thanks.

  19. March 3, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Such a great pattern. I need to pick some fabrics to go with my living room!

  20. Ginger Komiskey
    March 9, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Looks like a fun pillow to make for my bedroom “reading” pillow.

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