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Project

Embellish Pillows

Transform the look of your sofa with affordable pillow trimmings and minimal sewing with this how-to from Rebecca Robertson, Martha Stewart Living's decorating and home editor.

Materials

  • Store-bought pillow (with removable case)
  • Iron
  • Cardboard
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Decorative trim
  • Fabric scissors
  • Fray Check
  • Unique Stitch fabric adhesive
  • Tassels
  • Needle and thread

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Remove pillow from case and iron case flat.

  2. Step 2

    Measure the amount of trim you will need. For a frame design, measure length of one side of frame and multiply measurement by four. Purchase a few inches more trim than you will need, or round up to the nearest yard.

  3. Step 3

    Using a ruler and a craft knife, create a square or rectangular template out of cardboard, appropriate to the size of desired frame. This will help align the trim on the pillow so it is straight. (Tip: The trim should be set in from the edge so that when the pillow is reinserted the trim isn’t lost.)

  4. Step 4

    With template on pillow, lay down trim as desired. Miter corners by laying trim end over end at a 90-degree angle and using sharp fabric scissors to cut through both pieces at a 45-degree angle. Apply Fray Check to ends of ribbon.

  5. Step 5

    Affix trim to pillow cover using Unique Stitch.

  6. Step 6

    To attach tassels to pillow corners, secure with needle and thread, starting from inside of pillow. Finish with a knot inside case.

  7. Step 7

    Once fabric adhesive has dried, put case back on pillow.