Accent Your Home Decor with Ribbons!

comments (5) October 23rd, 2008     

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kaytet kayte terry, contributor
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Just a few ribbons can turn a plain pillow into a fabulous one.
I used grosgrain ribbons on my pillow, but you could also try velvet or silk.
Topstitch close to the edges of the ribbon.
Just a few ribbons can turn a plain pillow into a fabulous one.

Just a few ribbons can turn a plain pillow into a fabulous one.

Photo: Kayte Terry

5. Lay the next piece of ribbon 1/2 inch above the middle ribbon and pin on the left end. To weave from left to right, bring the weft ribbon under the first warp ribbon, over the middle, and under the last. Pin.

6. Secure all ribbons with small dots of fabric glue.

Topstich close to the edges of the ribbons.



7. Topstitch the ribbons to the pillow front on both edges of the ribbons. Where the ribbons are woven, only stitch the parts of ribbon that are woven over.

Tip: To sew only the parts of the ribbons that overlap, backstitch where the ribbon is woven under and lift your presser foot and needle. Reinsert the needle where the ribbon overlaps again and backstitch. You don't need to cut your threads until later. This makes for faster sewing!

Assembling the Pillow

1. Grab your pillow back pieces. With an iron, turn and press one short side of the pillow back to the wrong side 1/2 inch. Turn and press another 1/2 inch to make a hem. Sew the hem. Repeat for the other back piece.

Sew the hems of your pillow back pieces close to the seams.

2. To make an envelope closure for your pillow, lay out the pillow front face up. Lay one of the pillow back pieces face down over the pillow front and the other back piece face down over that. The two back pieces should overlap in the center and match up on the sides with the pillow front. Pin the pieces together.

3. Sew around all sides with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance and clip close to the corners. Turn the pillow right side out and push out the corners with a chopstick.

4. Insert the pillow form and fluff.

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Comments (5)

Anasofia writes: it is so pretty!
i have made some pillows myself weeks ago, and they are fabulous!
i love your idea!
Posted: 3:06 pm on December 7th
Jen1964 writes: I Love, LOVE, LOVE that woven look. Maybe some day I'll have that much patience - and coordination sense! If anything I'm timid with ribbons and trims. Probably has something to do with the embellishments my mom used on my homemade dresses when I was in 2nd grade... and wearing them for years until they got too short to be decent even as mini's. Still I like the things... have used wide embroidered yards of ribbon to make camera straps for family. They went over well too. My daughter is a natural with pillow design. Maybe they'd be good on aprons too. (Don't laugh, but some of us still use kitchen aprons, cleaning aprons, shop aprons, whatever.)
Posted: 4:31 pm on October 25th
kaytet writes: thanks guys! my only suggestion sofia is to make sure you get ribbon with a little stretch if your lampshade has any curve to it!
Posted: 12:36 pm on October 24th
Sofia_crochetgourmet writes: So cute! Thanks for sharing! I've been wanting to do that in a plain white lampshade i have! I guess now is the time to do so! :) Great work!
Posted: 2:09 pm on October 23rd
LindaPermann writes: this is really cute kayte!
Posted: 12:12 pm on October 23rd
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