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There are two main things one needs to remember when gathering fabric:
1. A good rule of thumb is to allow 2 ½ times the finished length for the piece of fabric you want gathered. A gathered piece of fabric that does not have enough fullness will end up looking skimpy and as if it has tucks rather than even gathers.
2. Even, uniform gathers look best. It`s best if gathers do not have folds of fabric mixed with flat fabric. The gathering should be evenly spaced.
For the front of the pillow, you will need the following cuts of fabric:
3. Top & bottom gathered panels: Two pieces of fabric 4.5 inches x 45 inches
4. Middle panel: One piece of fabric 8 inches x 18 inches
5. Go to my tutorial for information on how to make the tattered muslin rosettes.
Back Panel: This amount of fabric will depend on how you are finishing the back. If you are merely making a solid panel back, filling the pillow with stuffing, and then slip stitching it shut the panel of fabric should measure 15 inches x 18 inches.
6. Note: The two "gathered panel" lengths are 2.5 times longer (45 inches) than the middle panel length, which is 18 inches. If your fabric is only 44 inches wide, then just cut the gathered panels to be 44 inches long. One inch will not make any difference.
7. All seams are 1/2 inches, unless otherwise noted.