This week I wanted to make an accent pillow with stripes but didn’t have any striped material on hand. What better solution than to make my own stripes! With the cool weather rolling in, I wanted it to be extra soft. I selected some leftover high-pile apoulstery fabric for the body of the pillow. For the stripes I used 22mm velvet ribbon that complimented the color of the fabric. Since I used two different fabrics for each side, I wanted something to break between them with out clashing with the ribbon so I picked out velvet cordedge in a neutral color so the stripes would not disappear.
- Two 13×13 inch squares of fabric
- 51 inches of 22mm (style# 00856) cordedge
- 3 ¼ yards of 22mm velvet ribbon in 1 color, or 1.6 yards of 2 different colors.
- Sewing Machine, needle, thread to match ribbon
- Pin down ribbon evenly spaced on 1 of your 13×13” squares of fabric
- Remove pins as you hem down the ribbon. Try to keep the stitch as close to the edge of the ribbon so as not to interrupt the pile of the velvet.
- Refer to one of my earlier blogs for instructions on the rest of the pillow. Begin with step 8 from my textile transformation blog. FYI-you will probably want to pin the cordedge to the side of the fabric that has the ribbon sewn to it. Since that will be the front, you will want more control of a perfect hem.
- And you’re done!
M&J Trimming was featured in the September issue of Country Living magazine. You can find us on page 22. Our braided trim and chromspun grosgrain ribbon was used to embellish a decorative pillow. You can also accessorize your pillows just by adding ribbons and trims.
This week I designed a little decorative pillow. I am going to leave the measurements open, so you can make a custom pillow in a size that best suits your room. I wanted something neutral with a touch of femininity. I chose a textured brown and cream-colored fabric for the body of the pillow and ribbon fringe in sand for the trim. The ribbon fringe has a criss-cross pattern that leads to a shower of thin ribbons in various shades from the same color family. It’s the perfect little accent for a room that needs something soft and inviting.
- Fabric: Decide on the dimensions you want your pillow to be and add ½ inch for seam allowance. Cut out two pieces of fabric in said measurements.
- Ribbon Fringe: measure the perimeter of one of the pieces of fabric you have cut out for the body of the pillow and add about 4 inches for good measure. No pun intended.
- Sewing machine + thread
- Straight pins
Making the Pillow:
- Pin the two identical pieces of fabric together using straight pins with the right side facing in.
- Sew the two pieces of fabric together with a half-inch seam allowance. Remember to remove the straight pins as you go…if your needle hits one it could break. Leave about 5 inches unhemmed. You will need this to turn the pillow right side out and to insert the stuffing.
- Turn the pillow inside out (see I told you not to hem the whole way around! Now look at what you’ve done!)
- Fold over one end of the Ribbon Fringe about ½ inch and quickly hand stitch the fold in place. Lay the fringe along the parameter of one side of the pillow and begin to hand sew it in place. The only part you should be securing down to the fabric is the gimp trim. The criss-cross and loose ribbons should hang free from the pillows surface. The more time you put into securing the trim, the longer it will last without need for repair. When you come around to where you started, cut off all but 1 inch of extra fringe. Fold that end and hand stitch it in place and up against or even slightly overlapping the beginning.
- You’re done!
Got boring sheets? Tired of plain old cotton sheets? Me too. But there is a solution to mundane nights. Ladies and gentlemen…lace never dies. Trimming your bed-sheets with lace does not have to mean transforming your sleeping quarters to grandma’s doily collection. Lace comes in so many different patterns and designs that it’s easy to select one that suits your style. *Machine sewing parts of this project are recommended for a more professional finish. *
- Good old fashion elbow grease because you may be hand-sewing parts of this project.
- Iron + Ironing board
- Sheet set + 2 pillowcases
- Four yards of lace for a full or queen sheet set and 2 pillowcases -OR- five yards of lace for a king sheet set + two pillow cases. I chose the 88mm Cotton Eyelet Lace. Style #38903 for my sheets. If you are looking for a something a little less soft than regular lace, you should try metallic lace for a more modern look.
- Needle and thread to match the lace
- Sewing Machine
- Preshrink your sheets if they are new
- Preshrink your lace if it is 100% cotton on the gentle cycle and I recommend putting it in a lingerie garment bag or tied pillow case to protect it. No need to preshrink if it is a cotton blend.
- Iron sheets + pillowcases
- Cut two 41″ pieces of lace for the pillowcases. The rest will be for the top sheet.
- Fold one piece of lace in half, right side in and hem the two ends together with a ½ inch seam allowance. Repeat with second pillow case piece. Press open seams with iron.
- Pin lace loops right side out onto the pillowcases so the top lines up with the hem on the cases. Machine-sew the top edge of the lace to the pillowcase. Remember to backstitch! Hand sew all other parts of the lace down the pillow cases…the need for this step can be omitted if the lace you choose looks better free-flowing.
- Lay the remaining piece of lace across the top hem of the flat sheet. Fold ½” at each end of the lace around the back of the sheet + press + hem.
- Machine hem the top edge of the lace across the width of the sheet. Hand-sew the rest as needed.
- Make your bed, turn on some tunes and take a nap. You deserve it.
By Nicole Cohen
Is your home desperately in need of some high fashion glamour? Throw pillows are an easy way to punch up a room, and they can be changed at your whim. However, decorative throw pillows can be very expensive, especially if you buy more than one of them.
Now you can add that little extra something to your home at a minimal cost.
I began to notice many high end designer home stores carrying pillows adorned with many of the things sold at M&J Trimming. I improvised on the designs I saw in high end department stores and created this fun pillow for my home. This design works on any shape pillow and any color.
I made a 18 sq” silk pillow, using about 5 yards of brown 3/8” grosgrain ribbon.
The easiest pillow to sew is a simple square pillow.
- To make your pillow, cut two squares of fabric that are one half inch bigger than your finished pillow measurement on each side.
- Take your grosgrain ribbon and lay it diagonally across the brighter side of one of the squares of fabric. If you like this arrangement cut the ribbon and sew it on diagonally. Sew to the edge of the fabric, so that when you close the pillow, the ribbons will disappear into the seam.
- This is where the fun begins, begin to sew the strips of ribbon in as many random directions as you can. Alternate horizontal, vertical and different diagonal strips to achieve a random look.
- When you are satisfied that the face of your pillow is striped to perfection, place the two squares so that they are on top of each other and so that the brighter side of one square faces the side with the ribbons.
- Sew around three sides of the fabric squares, using a half inch seam allowance. (A seam allowance is the measurement from the edge of the fabric to where you want the sewing machine to stitch the fabric.) On the fourth side of the squares, sew a third of the way in from each side. This leaves you with an open space in the middle of that side. Use that space to turn your pillow right side out.
- At last, you are ready to finish your pillow. Stuff it firmly and then hand stitch the opening closed. Now, you can repeat the process to make a matching pillow.
You can also achieve the same look with less work by taking an existing pillow and using SoBo fabric glue to glue the strips of ribbon onto your pillow case. If you do choose to glue the ribbons on, be aware that the edges will not be as clean as the sewed in version.