RedElf (Elle Fredine) is a photographer and published author who enjoys crafting and finding unique gifts.
Add a Touch of Luxury to Your Decor
There's something so special and luxurious about beautiful satin or brocaded ribbons. Imagine a pillow woven from your favorite colors. With a bit of planning and searching, you can find lovely fabrics to complement any decor, or add a touch of romantic elegance to your boudoir.
Making a woven ribbon pillow will help you to customize your decor. By using leftover swatches of materials you have already used in your room, you can tie in the pillows perfectly. If, for instance, you had used co-ordinating fabrics for a chair and ottoman, these could be used again in a lamp shade. As well, several hemmed strips of the fabric could be added to the strips used to make up your ribbon pillow.
Easy Woven Ribbon Pillows
These instructions are for a 12" x 12" pillow, but can easily
be adjusted to any size
You will need:
- Several yards of different colored fabric ribbon
- Medium weight fusible interfacing
- Cardboard backing & straight pins
- Material to match main ribbon colors (1/2 - 1 yard, depending on width of fabric)
- Coordinating cording
Step One: Weaving
- Cut a piece of interfacing about 10" square
- Place it on the cardboard, fusible side up
- Cut 10" strips of ribbon and lay them vertically, securing at the top with a pin
- Weave 10" strips of ribbon horizontally, over and under, and secure with pins
Using a medium heat, iron the ribbon onto the interfacing - this usually requires holding the iron in place for about 10 seconds, follow the instructions for the interfacing.
Step Two: Sew on the front border
- Cut two strips of material 3" x 10".
- Place on opposite sides of your woven ribbon, right sides together, and stitch about 1/2" seam
- Cut off the excess and iron to flatten
- Cut two strips of material 3" x 13". Place along the top and bottom, right sides together
- Stitch and iron as above
Step Three: Trim
Hand stitch the cording around your ribbon square, or criss-cross through the middle. Use your imagination, this is the fun part.
Step Four: Backing
- Cut a 13" x 13" square of material
- Place sides together and stitch a 1/2" seam along 3 sides.
- Turn right-side out and fill with polyfill material or pre-made pillow
- Turn edges under and sew closed
If you want, you can add extra trim to the outer edges of your pillow, such as cording that matches the ribbons, tassels, lace, etc.
To make a removable pillow cover, cut one side of the front and back trim bigger by 5/8”. Insert a zipper on that side according to the manufacturer’s instructions. After top-stitching or finishing the zipper as required, turn the pillow inside out, with right sides together. Sew from the end of the zipper around all the sides, ending at the top of the zipper. Over-sew to fasten. Trim the corners and press the seams open. Turn right-side out and press with a warm iron. Insert pre-formed pillow.
For a custom finish, make a fabric bag slightly smaller than the finished dimensions of the pillow and stuff it with the loose polyfill. Sew shut. This will enclose the loose fill, making it easier to wash
As you can see from the beautiful examples above, simply weaving the ribbons together is only one way to create a unique and exquisite fashion accessory. By alternating contrasting colors, you can create patterns within the main pattern.
The red and white variation by beginning at the top of the pillow with 5 strips of red ribbon followed by seven strips of white ribbon, and finishing with five more strips of red. That pattern is then repeated down the side to give the red and white cross with the pure white center.
The patterns and variations are only limited by your imagination. My favorite pattern is a bit more random. I simply scout out ribbons of a similar weight in colors I love, and then see what goes together. This "mood of the moment" method is a bit whimsical, but the resulting pillow covers can be quite unexpectedly lovely.
© 2009, Text by Elle Fredine, All rights reserved
RedElf (author) from Canada on June 29, 2011:
Thanks so much, irenemaria. I would have trouble choosing a favorite.
irenemaria from Sweden on June 29, 2011:
So very beautiful and personal pillows. I love them ALL
RedElf (author) from Canada on February 22, 2011:
Thanks so much for commenting, boxxies! Glad you liked them.
boxxies on February 21, 2011:
You have beautiful pillows.
RedElf (author) from Canada on December 30, 2010:
Thanks so much, Lighting 101. I have made similar pillows as gifts and for my own home.
Lighting-101 on December 29, 2010:
These are some nice pillows. I can't believe these are handmade. Is this just a hobby of yours, or do you sell handmade products?
mathslover from Barbados on October 12, 2010:
great idea those pillows are so beautiful!
RedElf (author) from Canada on October 07, 2010:
Thanks for your comments - I have included them here without the link:
arts and crafts festivals 6 hours ago
The concept of crafts definitely amazes me. When I was reading this, I was like... drooling. Thank you for sharing about handicrafts!
RedElf (author) from Canada on August 31, 2010:
I have made some lovely pillows as gifts. It was challenging to find the right ribbons to co-ordinate with their intended "new homes" and suit their new owners' personalities.
shawna.wilson from Arizona on August 30, 2010:
Great idea. I've never seen this before. I usually use my ribbon scraps to make tag blankets for baby gifts, but this looks fun too!
RedElf (author) from Canada on January 25, 2010:
nice to meet you, revy! Glad to help out!
revybaby from On the Road on January 25, 2010:
I just ran across a lot of old ribbon I had -- now i know what to do!
RedElf (author) from Canada on January 24, 2010:
Thanks so much, heart. I am so glad you found something useful.
heart4theword from hub on January 24, 2010:
I've seen this before, yet never had tried it myself. Great to see some different variations of this technique! Thanks for giving actual lengths and directions on how to do this:) Keep on Hubbing!
RedElf (author) from Canada on January 15, 2010:
I'm glad you found it, too, double_frick! So nice to meet you!
double_frick on January 15, 2010:
i'm so glad i found this hub and more glad that you wrote it!
i always see adorable ribbon, but i never know what i would do with it! and now i have some ribbon to buy! :)
RedElf (author) from Canada on November 17, 2009:
Thanks so much - glad you enjoyed it. I just wish they were all mine ;)
Marcy on November 17, 2009:
I love the pillows you feature on your hub. The patterns and the contrasting ribbons give the pillows a nice elegant look. Bookmarking for sure to try this for the holidays.
RedElf (author) from Canada on November 11, 2009:
Thanks so much! I have a hard time choosing one color, so I am a big fan of blending many shades for a harmonious look, too.
2uesday on November 11, 2009:
I've bookmarked this hub, I love the way so many different colours are combine together so well.
RedElf (author) from Canada on July 19, 2009:
Hi there Zsuzsy Bee. Yes, I have several lovely woven remnant book covers, and am thinking on a patchwork remnant sampler - do I see another hub there? LOL Glad you enjoyed :)
Zsuzsy Bee from Ontario/Canada on July 18, 2009:
RedElf, I've always loved to do ribbon weaving. It is also a great way to use up those short little pieces of remnant ribbon.
RedElf (author) from Canada on July 16, 2009:
Thank you so much, Princessa. So nice of you to say so. I love doing the hubmobs - you have such great topics it's almost like cheating. I don't have to think them up myself, lol. Also, everyone there makes it a real pleasure to participate, and the exposure is great, too. It's really win-win!
Wendy Iturrizaga from France on July 16, 2009:
Another beautiful craft's hub. Thanks for taking part in the HubMob with such wonderful Hubs :)
RedElf (author) from Canada on July 15, 2009:
Thanks so much, emohealer. So glad you stopped by to comment.
Sioux Ramos from South Carolina on July 15, 2009:
Very nice, very craft, very beautiful. Thanks for such simple instructions, good hub.
RedElf (author) from Canada on July 15, 2009:
No, jill, I can't lay claim to most of these. I was lucky to find some great pictures that are surprisingly similar to my own work, but until I re-locate my camera cord, I am having to borrow from talented others, lol.
jill of alltrades from Philippines on July 15, 2009:
Thank you for this informative hub. Your examples are very beautiful! Did you make them all?
It has been a while since I did some sewing. Now that I have your detailed instructions, I might take it up again.
RedElf (author) from Canada on July 15, 2009:
Thanks so much, Enelle. I'm sure they would be just beautiful, too! You're most welcome.
Enelle Lamb from Canada's 'California' on July 14, 2009:
Absolutely beautiful examples - not sure mine would turn out this nice! LOL thanks for the great ideas
RedElf (author) from Canada on July 14, 2009:
Thanks so much Gypsy. I am always amazed at how well they turn out. Hope you enjoy.
Gypsy Willow from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand on July 14, 2009:
Beautiful pillows, I shall certainly try this, thanks for the instructions