Tools and Supplies

  • 8 yards of 3/4-inch-wide velvet ribbon
  • 3/4 yards thick braid
  • 2 squares (6 1/2 inches) of fabric in a matching color
  • Sewing supplies
  • Magna-Tac adhesive
  • Gridded work surface, such as a ruled cutting board (optional)
  • Batting
  • Thin ribbon in a contrasting color

Basic How-To

Weave the top of the pillow.

First, create the vertical ribbons: Cut 14 strips of ribbon to be 6 1/2 inches long (2 inches longer than finished width of pillow). Lay the first strip horizontally across your work space. Glue the end of first vertical strip to the first horizontal strip, placing it at the far right. Continue gluing on the vertical strips (6 in all), making sure they are tightly spaced, perfectly parallel to the first vertical ribbon, and at a right angle to the horizontal one. (Using a gridded work surface will make this easier.)

Let the glue set.

Then add the second horizontal ribbon. Place the end of it on the rightmost vertical ribbon, and glue it in position, taking care that it is completely parallel to the top horizontal ribbon. Let the glue set a bit, then add the remaining horizontal ribbons. Again, make sure the ribbons are perfectly parallel and at right angles to the vertical ones. Let the glue set completely.

Last, weave the ribbons together in an alternating pattern, fitting the top horizontal ribbon into position, and gluing it in place at each overlap. Take care to straighten the ribbons into perfect position. Let glue set.

Attach the pillow top to the backing.

Spread the glue over the surface of the fabric square that will be the backing for the pillow top. Carefully lay the woven ribbon pillow top on the fabric square, and press into position. Let glue set.

Sew pillow.

Place the pillow backing on top of the pillow top, with the right sides facing each other. Sew around the outside of the pillow, with a seam allowance of about 1 inch (sew just inside the edge of a ribbon strip), leaving a section of one side open. Snip across the excess seam allowance at each corner, so the corners will stay sharp when you turn the pillow inside out. Turn pillow inside out through the opening. Press the pillow, folding under the edges along the imaginary stitching line at the opening.

Stuff the pillow with batting, and hand-sew the opening closed.

Use glue to attach the braid so that it covers the seam; begin at one corner, and fold cut edges under and glue them to the underside of the pillow. Let glue set.

Slip a thin ribbon beneath a section of velvet ribbon, and tie on the rings.


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