Throw Pillows Part III – Woven Ribbon Pillow
The face of May Arts Ribbon # WPP14 reminds me of a tiny chenille pillows on parade while the back features the same colors in a less dramatic fashion. If used alone, the back could appear unfinished. However, combining the ribbon’s rich front with its graphic back creates a very effective contrast.
- A piece of foam- core or cardboard or corkboard at least 18” square
- 48 push pins or thumb tacks
- A 14” pillow form or the equivalent amount of poly-fil
- ½ yd fabric (I used ”Rouenniers” from the French General Collection by Moda)
- 11 yds. May Arts Ribbon # WPP14 (1 ½” wide)
- 2 yds May Arts Ribbon # 337-15-14 for the ruffle
- Basic sewing supplies
- Iron fabric and cut out a 14” square and a 16” square
- On the face of the 16” piece, draw a pencil line 1” in from the edge along all 4 sides
- Tightly pin or tack this piece, FACE UP, onto the board
- Cut 24 pieces of ribbon # WPP14 – 14” long
- Pin the ends of 12 of the ribbon pieces, FACE UP, close together along one of the drawn pencil lines. See ILLUSTRATION below.
**They should fit tightly together, filling the 14” penciled area.**
- Repeat the same process alone either of the 2 pencil lines adjoining the first. These 12 pieces will display the ribbon’s REVERSE side.
- Weave these 2 perpendicular sets of ribbons into a tightly woven 14” square. Remove from board.
- Baste the ribbon ends along all 4 sides then stitch, ¼” from the edges.
- Trim the square to 14” X 14”.
- Gather the entire 2 yards of Ribbon # 337-15-14 about ¼” from the edge. Use either side of this ribbon. One shows more satin and the other more matte finish.
- Distribute the gathered ribbon equally among the 4 sides of the 14” woven square, allowing extra gathered ribbon at the 4 corners so the ruffle will lie flat.
- Carefully pin, baste then stitch the ribbon ruffle along all 4 sides of the 14” woven square, using ¼” seam allowance.
- Place the second 14” square of fabric onto the woven square, right side facing the weaving.
- Pin together then stitch 3 sides of the square and 2” from each end of the 4th side, taking care not to catch any of the gathered ribbon into the seam. This should leave a 10” opening in the 4th side for turning right side out and inserting the pillow form.
- Turn the pillow cover right side out and check the gathered ribbon ruffle for any spots where it might have been caught in the seam. Make repairs if necessary.
- Insert the pillow form and close the opening by folding the 2 raw edges under ¼” and stitching by hand or machine.
Blog Posted By: Ellen Highsmith Silver