4 Ways to Embellish Spring Home Decor Part One: Blooming Pillow

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When it comes to decorating for spring, flowers are always a favorite for us at M&J! Our first 4 Ways to Embellish Spring Decor segment features a DIY for one of our favorite decorating items, the throw pillow! This DIY teaches you a technique to make fun flowers out of ribbon that can be adapted for other types of DIYs too.

Blooming Pillow DIY Materials

What You’ll Need:
Pillow
50mm Double Faced Silk Ribbon in Mint
2.5” Hand Dyed Silk Satin Ribbon in Aurelina, Fresh Celery and Lobelia
E6000
Hot Glue

DSC_01361. Using the ribbon create rosettes by taking the end of one ribbon and bunching it together into a little ball, then hot gluing it in place.

Creating flower from mint ribbon2. Twirl the ribbon, and hot glue it down every few inches to create “petals”.

Gluing Flowers to Pillow3. Make three or four ribbon flowers, and glue them onto the pillow in the desired pattern with E6000 glue.

Flower Bloom Pillow

Use ribbons that match your decor for  custom pillow that fits your decorating style perfectly, and with so many different pillow options available you’re bound to find the perfect shade for you! If you need additional options to make your DIY totally customized, check out our 4 Ways to Embellish Spring Decor store!

 

 

Velvet Inspiration

Throughout history velvet has always been associated with nobility. Not only was this remarkable fabric historically made with silk, its creation was labor intensive. No wonder it was reserved for royalty! Luckily, there are now easy and cost-effective ways to make velvet, so buying something made of velvet won’t cost you the Crown Jewels!

Velvet Ribbon Spools

Every present you wrap with velvet ribbon somehow seems more precious.

Siamese Cat on Velvet Lounge

Even a cat can understand the appeal of velvet! It’s so soft and luxurious, and you feel a little more special just being around it.

Velvet Earrings

Velvet Belt on Embroidered Dress

With its unique texture and finish, it can tone down a piece with a lot of sparkle.

Plantation Design Reiki Pillow

When you really think about it, it’s no wonder that velvet is so special!

Top 5 DIY Pillows

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Diving into a bed full of pillows is exactly what we need right now.  These pillow tutorials are not only extremely desirable but are, also, extremely easy to recreate.  It’s time to dive through our shelves of lace, sequin, and ribbon trims because we want to make them all!

DIY Stencil Pillow via Wit & Whistle

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DIY Lace Pillow via By Wilma

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DIY Sequin Pillow via My Sister’s Suitcase

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DIY Bow Pillow via Say Yes To Hoboken

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DIY Sweater Pillow via Brassy Apple

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DIY Metallic Circle Pillow

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We read I Spy DIY religiously, and we love seeing M&J Trimming products pop up in Jenni’s DIY projects! Lately she’s been showing off this awesome DIY metallic circle pillow, made with iron-on metallic circles from our store. Isn’t it awesome? Stop by I Spy DIY to see Jenni’s tutorial.

Velvet Ribbon Striped Pillow

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By Eleah

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.

Materials:

  • 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
  • Stuffing

Instructions:

  1. Pin down ribbon evenly spaced on 1 of your 13×13” squares of fabric
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. And you’re done!

Decorative Throw Pillows

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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.

 

Steps:

 

  1. To make your pillow, cut two squares of fabric that are one half inch bigger than your finished pillow measurement on each side.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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. 
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Enjoy!