Ruffle Flag Pillow How To

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Last week, I shared a sewing technique for creating a Reverse Applique.  Today, is all about finishing the project.  This ruffle flag pillow is the perfect way to freshen up my outdoor space and summer naps in the sun!

Easy to make ruffle flag pillow pattern.  The Sewing Loft

Ruffle Flag Pillow

This project is for all levels.

Skill Level- 1 Button


  • sewing machine
  • thread

Basic Instructions:

  1. To start, I measured my pillow length x width and added 1″. (this added my 3/8″ seam allowance, plus some room for the fullness.)
  2. I created my stars in the upper left corner using the Reverse Applique technique.
  3. To create the stripes, I alternated ripped strips of white and red fabric 1 3/4″ wide.
  4. Using a straight stitch on the longest setting, I stitched down the center of each strip leaving long tails of thread on each end.  To gather the ruffles, I pulled the top thread from each side and “scrunched” to length.
  5. Pin ruffles in place and attach with a standard straight stitch in matching thread color.  To keep things neat, I folded under each end.  Continue as needed to achieve design.
  6. Sandwich front and back of pillow cover; right sides together.  Starting at one side, straight stitch all around pillow; leaving enough room to insert pillow form.
  7. Clip corners; turn right side out; press and insert form.
  8. Slip stitch closed with needle and thread.
How to make a Ruffle Flag Pillow Cover by The Sewing Loft
Perfect for the summer ahead!
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ps- If you “spied” that star pillow in the background and want to make it- click here.


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  1. pillowsalamode says


  2. so cute! Perfect for 4th of July!

  3. kristi@ishouldbemoppingthefloor says

    In love with this!! The ruffles are adorable! Would be super delighted if you could join us & link up at Mop It Up Mondays:

  4. Love this pillow – reverse applique and ruffles are just brilliant!

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

  5. Lindy @ Itsy Bitsy Paper says

    This is great! I hope you will link up to my Patriotic Project Parade!

  6. Steph @ Crafting in the Rain says

    Love the ruffle stripes!

  7. Came out great! Thanks for sharing

    Have you heard about our Craftastic Competition? I’d love for you to enter in it! Lots of prizes to be won too!

  8. BetsyPool says

    Very cute!! I LOVE the ruffles. Thanks for sharing this at Romance on a dime!! Pinning this.

  9. Your new page looks amazing!!

  10. I featured you today~ for 4th of July!