DIY Honeycomb Pleated Pillow

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Learn how to make a DIY honeycomb pleated pillow with this honeycomb pleat tutorial. It’s a stunning throw pillow look with lots of texture!

I saw a picture of a pleated pillow on pinterest and fell in love with it. I knew I wanted to do something with it, and luckily, it had a tutorial. So it sat on my pin board for awhile until I was trying to come up with some new couch pillows.

After reading through the tutorial a couple of times, it seemed hard and confusing so I did it my own way. Here’s how to make honeycomb pleats for the most beautiful throw pillow!

diy honeycomb pleated pillow

I’m really happy with how it turned out! It looks luxurious to me.

When I stuffed the pillow, it made the pleats flat instead of 3-D like the original picture, but I’m okay with that. It’s got to be on a skirt or something to not get flattened.

Do you love to sew pillows? Try one of these sewing projects:

Honeycomb Pleated Pillow

I finished the pillow with hand stitching which is a hard way to close a pillow. I prefer using this envelope pillow cover tutorial because it’s quick and easy!

This is my back which is fabric I adore. It’s leftover from some fabric I used for jacket lining.

Honeycomb Pleated Pillow

DIY Honeycomb Pleated Pillow

First decide how big you want you pillow to be. Mine is 16″x16″. For the pleated side, triple the measurement. I cut one back 16″x16″ and one front 16″x48″.

Then on the pleated side, I drew a line every 2″ for the pleats.

Honeycomb Pleated Pillow

Then pin the pleats into inverted box pleats.

Honeycomb Pleated Pillow

Sew the back to the front with right sides together and leaving a hole on one side to turn inside out. Then turn inside out. (Or do an envelope back pillow cover.)

Honeycomb Pleated Pillow

Then I drew lines every 1 1/2″ horizontally. I didn’t take a picture of this part but I hand tacked where the lines crossed the pleats. One row I left the box pleat closed, the next row I alternated and tacked the box pleat open.

The tacking took FOREVER. It was worth it though!

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

If you make something using this pattern, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

diy honeycomb pleated pillow

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love it

So sophisticated! This is gorgeous. 🙂

Very cute! I'm seeing this as a quilted window dressing…

love it!
turned out great!

This is really beautiful! For us novice sewers, a video tutorial would be awesome (maybe someday in your spare time;) Thanks for posting.

Oh my goodness heather that is thee pretties pillow ever! I love it. And I kind of think I know why your so excited for this fall season… does it involve a newborn babe? 😉 And guess what we do indeed share a birthday. October 13th baby!! Best birthday ever! 🙂 We are so cool!!

I love this!! I am a costume designer, and I am going to somehow incorporate this into one of my costumes soon…or maybe I'll just make a shirt/dress for one of my sisters…or pillows…or ANYTHING.

Your blog is wonderful. Thank you for sharing your talents with us!!

I love it and want one for our front room! So cool!

The pillow looks great. I have been looking at smocking patterns and this is similar to those.