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DIY Ribbon Pillow Tutorial

September 25, 2011
Up until last winter I didn’t even know how to sew a button. If I got a tear in something or lost a button, I just got a new item of clothing.

But I got tired of not being able to find clothes that I liked and that fit. So I decided to learn to sew, so I could make my own clothes. That led to me learning to make various other items for around the house, like this pillow.

I developed this idea after seeing a little girl’s dress that had a cute little ribbon and buttonhole detailing around the collar. I wanted to use that same look for other things. Here are the directions for making your own. This project is great because you can change up the ribbon to match your decor.

Gather your materials:

(1) 17″x17″ piece of muslin
(2) 17″x10.5″ pieces of muslin
(2) 24″x7/8″ pieces of ribbon
polyester stuffing
(the muslin pieces can easily be cut out of 1 yard of fabric)

On each of the smaller muslin pieces, fold down 2″ on the long edge and press. They should now be 17″x8.5″.

Along the raw edge use a decorative stitch or zigzag, depending on your machine’s capabilities. This will secure the folded section. Repeat for the other small muslin piece.

Place a ruler along the edge of these pieces. Mark a 1″ line at the 3″, 6″, 11″, and 14″ spots, in between the fold and decorative stitch. Repeat for the other small piece.

Use your machine’s button hole function to sew a buttonhole over each of these lines. Carefully tear out the center using a seam ripper. Repeat for the other small piece.

Attach the two smaller pieces to each other, both pieces right side up. Carefully line up the buttonholes on each piece. Pin together, so you don’t lose the placement.

Now lay the ribbons over the buttonholes. Leave a small section hanging out on the edges. Lay the large muslin piece right side down over the ribbon. Pin together.

Sew all around the edge using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Clip the corners and turn through the center gap. Poke out the corners. Fill with stuffing.

Run the ribbon through the button holes. You will probably need to push the stuffing and pull the two front pieces a little bit to get the placement correct.

Finish with a little decorative knot or a bow. If you would like longer tails on the bow, make your ribbon pieces longer.

Thanks for letting me share this easy project with you!

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