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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.

Photography: Rob Tannenbaum

Source: Martha Stewart


  • 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


  1. Remove pillow from case and iron case flat.

  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. 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. 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. Affix trim to pillow cover using Unique Stitch.

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

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

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