PLEATED RIBBON makes a tailored frame around a button-strewn pillow.
This stunning 2” striped ribbon – May Arts # 365-2-10 – needed to show its decorative potential. A pleated pillow edging makes that happen. Of course, the ribbon could also be gathered for a softer, less formal, look.
It is important to use a reversible ribbon for this project, as both sides are visible.
- 16” pillow form
- ½ yard fabric (fabric shown is from the French General collection by Moda)
- 6 yards 2” RIBBON (May Arts #365-2-10)
- Basic sewing supplies
- Decorative buttons optional
- Iron fabric and cut into 2 pieces 16” square (this will result in a 15 ½” square pillow which will fit snugly without wrinkles or empty rabbit-ear corners).
- Place one fabric square, FACE UP, on a flat surface
- Pleat the entire ribbon by making light pencil marks as shown in Illustration #2.
- Crease ribbon straight across at *’s and fold to “O”, as shown in Illustration #3.
- Pin and repeat
- To secure pleats, baste slightly less than ¼” from ribbon’s edge.
- Pin the basted, pleated ribbon along the entire edge of the first 16” fabric square – as shown in Illustration #4.
- Place the second 16” fabric square FACE DOWN onto the decorated square.
- Pin together, taking care not to catch any of the ribbon.
- Stitch 3 sides of the pillow using a ¼” seam allowance.
- Stitch 3” from each end of the 4th side, leaving a 10” opening.
- Turn right side out to make sure that all of the pleated ribbon is free from the stitching.
- Turn back to the inside and trim corners and make any necessary stitching repairs.
- Insert the 16” pillow form and close the opening by carefully folding the 2 raw edges under ¼” and stitching closed by hand or machine.
**Be sure to check out the first tutorial from our Throw Pillow Series: Throw Pillow with Geometric Ribbon Appliqué!**
Blog Posted By: Ellen Highsmith Silver