X Marks the Spot

For a while, I’ve really wanted to make something interesting using striped fabric.  Specifically, using stripe fabric cut at an angle.  While I can’t make my vision come to life right now (hint: it involves a bedroom; don’t be dirty), I can make a version.  Actually, I got my butt in gear after seeing this pillow, shared in our latest Etsy fav round-up.

I started with a green and white fabric I bought at Ikea and a piece of plain card stock from my stash.  To minimize damage if I screwed up, I decided to make a 14 inch square pillow cover.  Then I cut my card stock into an 8 inch square, which gives me a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

To make the cool x design, I measured a green stripe and marked the center with a little tick mark at the top and bottom.

Then I placed my square template on the fabric, lining the corners up with the tick marks and traced the edges.

Repeat, repeat, repeat.  Maximize your fabric by placing the squares right next to the other, slightly staggered in height.

Cut out the squares and place together to form an x.

Now pin the top two together, and the bottom two together like this, right sides together, keeping the stripes lined up.

Sew along the edges, then pin those pieces together, keeping the stripes together.  I decided to use a gray faux silk backing with an exposed zipper bottom, but you can choose your backing and closure type.  Envelope closures are super easy.

Originally, I planned to sew a second for the slipper chairs in the family room, but the green didn’t mesh well with the chair color.  Now it lives on our bed.

The splash of color in our otherwise unchanged and boring room makes me smile.

And I like the faux silk shiny backing.  You know I can’t resist shiny anything.  I did mess up though.  For some unknown reason I put the zipper along the whole bottom.  I should have cut it down and centered it, leaving fabric in the corners for crisp edges.

Oh well, I guess that’s bound to happen when I’m sewing while watching White Collar.  Can’t. take. eyes. off. Matt. Bomer.  Seriously, he’s not even hot, he’s gorgeous. So I guess because I made this pillow while watching him, I’ve got a little piece of him in bed.  Bahahaha.

What do you think of this design?  It would work with any stripe size or color, too.  Do zippers trip you up, too?  Maybe you’re just a fan of White Collar?  Or Matt Bomer?  I am!  I am!  Haven’t seen Magic Mike, but anything with Matt is a sure hit with me.

8 thoughts on “X Marks the Spot

  1. Oooooh I love this- way to think outside the box with the striped fabric!!! And yes- Matt Bomer is gorgeous. Sigh- I love White Collar. Oh Matt! 🙂

  2. This is a great tutorial! Love the way you used a simple stripe pattern and turned it into something unique and special for you.
    And yes, Matt Bomer is hot hot hot. Also he’s my Christian Grey…

  3. White Collar – I can’t do anything while watching that show! White Collar and Sons of Anarchy – I have to focus. Living in Canada we don’t actually get White Collar when it airs in the US, but we do have it on Netflix. So, I’m a season behind, but man that’s a good show. Don’t you love his apartment? I love the little shelf above his sink the numbers all sideways. Geek – I know I am!

  4. Thanks for the tutorial Amanda! I wouldn’t have thought to cut the fabric out that way to put together an ‘X’ pattern – so clever! I just love the ideas you come up with. And yeah, Matt Bomer – totally HOT!!!

  5. Matt Bomer. I totally agree. Even my 70-year-old mother in law is in love with him. It takes a special kind of beauty to make both old and young alike fall in love with you,

  6. Echoing the Matt Bomer love. SO gorgeous. He’s a Texas boy, too…..WOOT!

    LOVE THE PILLOW. So CUTE! 🙂 I can’t sew to save my life. Wish I could, I see cute things to sew all the time.

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