Monday, February 20, 2012

How To Add Grosgrain Ribbon To A Pillow

I've been wanting to make a pillow like this for awhile, I just didn't know exactly how to tackle it. One day I just decided to go for it and to make it up as I went along. It worked out perfect and was quite easy to do. Have you seen some of these amazing pillows with grosigrain trim on them?





I just used the same instructions as my monogrammed pillow for the base and just added grosgrain ribbon instead of the monogram. It's an envelope pillow cover, so you can sew it in around 15 min!
You could use an old pillow, or just a plain one you want to spice up. Just make sure you can take the pillow cover off the pillow. I added the trim before I sewed the front and back together.

This is what I did. I used 5/8" white grosgrain ribbon and 5/8" heat and bond. First Iron your heat & bond onto your ribbon.

 Now cut out a 8.5" x 8.5" square and a 2.5"x 2.5" square out of paper. ( This is for a 18" x 18" Pillow) This is going to be your template for the ribbon. I then grabbed a piece of chalk, yes you heard me right kinda of weird but I promise it works wonders. It's white and you can see it easily on the dark fabric, it also blends in with the white ribbon.  I measured on all sides of the square to make sure it was perfectly even, then trace around your template.

Grab your small square and line it up with the corner of your big square. Measure on all sides to make sure it's even, then outline it with chalk.

Now you have your template ready to go. Grab your ribbon that already has the heat & bond attached and start placing it on. I placed the ribbon down the middle of the line, but i'm not a perfectionist. You could place it on the outer edge to get a more acurate placement. Then start ironing as you go.

When you come to a corner, this is what you do. Go forward just a little bit then pull it back towards you.

 Then fold it down at a 45 degree angle, until it looks like this.  It looks more complicated then it really is and once you get the hang of it it's really easy.

Now when you come to the end just tuck it in at a 45 degree angle and iron down. Now just sew on the back of the pillow cover and your done. Yeah!!! give yourself a pat on the back!!!

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  1. What a great tutorial. Love pillows that are embellished. Yours turned out beautifully. Would be delighted for you to link up with us at Mop It Up Mondays:

    Have a great week!

  2. like it looks awesome come see what I shared at

  3. Great Job on your pillow, Debbie! I love the ribbon details. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I appreciate your comments on my felt pillow!

  4. Your pillow reminds me of a Jonathan Adler pillow, only I am sure much cheaper!

    Hope you'll link up to my link party!

    Mauvin' Monday at Vintage Mauve


  5. This is such a creative idea. I would love for you to visit and link up at my Linky Party via:

    Mrs. Delightful

  6. Thanks! I'll try to stop by all your linky parties!

  7. I have got to make a ribbon pillow! Yours is so nice!

  8. So pretty ! That pillow really caught my eye! So simple, too! Thanks for sharing.

  9. I've seen these around Pinterest! Thanks for sharing the instructions so clearly! Your version looks awesome!!! Thanks for sharing this on Fancy This Fridays by the way!
    ~Kassi @ Truly Lovely

  10. Thanks for this tutorial. This is so nice. We loved having you link up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope to have you back again soon!! -The Sisters

  11. Love, love, love this! Thanks so much for the tutorial. Saw your link on House of Hepworths and thought I would stop by. I am your newest follower. Would love for you to check out my blog -

    1. Thank you! Thanks for stopping by. I'll check it out.

  12. I love this style of pillow. Thanks for the tutorial and linking to my party.

  13. Thanks so much for sharing how to add the ribbon to the pillow in that great design. A decorator brought a pillow similar to that one to my house for me to try (along with some other accessories) and it was over $250. I told everyone in my house not to touch it before I got it back to her shop the next day. I am pinning this post so I don't forget how to do the ribbon trim. I saw your post featured at "Under the Table and Dreaming".

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