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Crafts & Handiwork - Weaving Your Home Decor Spell With Woven Ribbon Pillow Covers

Updated on January 21, 2012

There's something so special and luxurious about beautiful satin or brocaded ribbons. Imagine a pillow woven from your favorite colors. With a bit of planning and searching, you can find lovely fabrics to complement any decor, or add a touch of romantic elegance to your boudoir.

Making a woven ribbon pillow will help you to customize your decor. By using leftover swatches of materials you have already used in your room, you can tie in the pillows perfectly. If, for instance, you had used co-ordinating fabrics for a chair and ottoman, these could be used again in a lamp shade. As well, several hemmed strips of the fabric could be added to the strips used to make up  your ribbon pillow.

Satin Elegance
Satin Elegance
Pinning Out The Pattern
Pinning Out The Pattern
The Finished Pillow
The Finished Pillow
Peach Silk Ribbon Pillow
Peach Silk Ribbon Pillow

Easy Woven Ribbon Pillows

These instructions are for a 12" x 12" pillow, but can easily be adjusted to any size

You will need:

  • Several yards of different colored fabric ribbon
  • Medium weight fusible interfacing
  • Cardboard backing & straight pins
  • Material to match main ribbon colors (1/2 - 1 yard, depending on width of fabric)
  • Coordinating cording

Step One: Weaving

  • Cut a piece of interfacing about 10" square
  • Place it on the cardboard, fusible side up
  • Cut 10" strips of ribbon and lay them vertically, securing at the top with a pin
  • Weave 10" strips of ribbon horizontally, over and under, and secure with pins

Using a medium heat, iron the ribbon onto the interfacing - this usually requires holding the iron in place for about 10 seconds, follow the instructions for the interfacing.

Step Two: Sew on the front border

  • Cut two strips of material 3" x 10".
  • Place on opposite sides of your woven ribbon, right sides together, and stitch about 1/2" seam
  • Cut off the excess and iron to flatten
  • Cut two strips of material 3" x 13". Place along the top and bottom, right sides together
  • Stitch and iron as above

Woven Insert With Contrasting Trims
Woven Insert With Contrasting Trims
Bold and Beautiful
Bold and Beautiful
Ribbon Fantasy
Ribbon Fantasy

Step Three: Trim

Hand stitch the cording around your ribbon square, or criss-cross through the middle. Use your imagination, this is the fun part.

Step Four: Backing

  • Cut a 13" x 13" square of material
  • Place sides together and stitch a 1/2" seam along 3 sides.
  • Turn right-side out and fill with polyfill material or pre-made pillow
  • Turn edges under and sew closed

If you want, you can add extra trim to the outer edges of your pillow, such as cording that matches the ribbons, tassels, lace, etc.

To make a removable pillow cover, cut one side of the front and back trim bigger by 5/8”. Insert a zipper on that side according to the manufacturer’s instructions. After top-stitching or finishing the zipper as required, turn the pillow inside out, with right sides together. Sew from the end of the zipper around all the sides, ending at the top of the zipper. Over-sew to fasten. Trim the corners and press the seams open. Turn right-side out and press with a warm iron. Insert pre-formed pillow.

For a custom finish, make a fabric bag slightly smaller than the finished dimensions of the pillow and stuff it with the loose polyfill. Sew shut. This will enclose the loose fill, making it easier to wash

As you can see from the beautiful examples above, simply weaving the ribbons together is only one way to create a unique and exquisite fashion accessory. By alternating contrasting colors, you can create patterns within the main pattern.

The red and white variation by beginning at the top of the pillow with 5 strips of red ribbon followed by seven strips of white ribbon, and finishing with five more strips of red. That pattern is then repeated down the side to give the red and white cross with the pure white center.

The patterns and variations are only limited by your imagination. My favorite pattern is a bit more random. I simply scout out ribbons of a similar weight in colors I love, and then see what goes together. This "mood of the moment" method is a bit whimsical, but the resulting pillow covers can be quite unexpectedly lovely.

Happy Crafting!

Simple Patterns Showcase Elegant Fabrics
Simple Patterns Showcase Elegant Fabrics

© 2009, Text by Elle Fredine, All rights reserved

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, irenemaria. I would have trouble choosing a favorite.

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      So very beautiful and personal pillows. I love them ALL

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much for commenting, boxxies! Glad you liked them.

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      boxxies 6 years ago

      You have beautiful pillows.

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, Lighting 101. I have made similar pillows as gifts and for my own home.

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      Lighting-101 6 years ago

      These are some nice pillows. I can't believe these are handmade. Is this just a hobby of yours, or do you sell handmade products?

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      mathslover 7 years ago from Barbados

      great idea those pillows are so beautiful!

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for your comments - I have included them here without the link:

      arts and crafts festivals 6 hours ago

      The concept of crafts definitely amazes me. When I was reading this, I was like... drooling. Thank you for sharing about handicrafts!

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      I have made some lovely pillows as gifts. It was challenging to find the right ribbons to co-ordinate with their intended "new homes" and suit their new owners' personalities.

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      shawna.wilson 7 years ago from Arizona

      Great idea. I've never seen this before. I usually use my ribbon scraps to make tag blankets for baby gifts, but this looks fun too!

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      nice to meet you, revy! Glad to help out!

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      revybaby 7 years ago from On the Road

      I just ran across a lot of old ribbon I had -- now i know what to do!

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, heart. I am so glad you found something useful.

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      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      I've seen this before, yet never had tried it myself. Great to see some different variations of this technique! Thanks for giving actual lengths and directions on how to do this:) Keep on Hubbing!

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      I'm glad you found it, too, double_frick! So nice to meet you!

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      double_frick 7 years ago

      i'm so glad i found this hub and more glad that you wrote it!

      i always see adorable ribbon, but i never know what i would do with it! and now i have some ribbon to buy! :)

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much - glad you enjoyed it. I just wish they were all mine ;)

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      Marcy 8 years ago

      I love the pillows you feature on your hub. The patterns and the contrasting ribbons give the pillows a nice elegant look. Bookmarking for sure to try this for the holidays.

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much! I have a hard time choosing one color, so I am a big fan of blending many shades for a harmonious look, too.

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      2uesday 8 years ago

      I've bookmarked this hub, I love the way so many different colours are combine together so well.

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Hi there Zsuzsy Bee. Yes, I have several lovely woven remnant book covers, and am thinking on a patchwork remnant sampler - do I see another hub there? LOL Glad you enjoyed :)

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      Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      RedElf, I've always loved to do ribbon weaving. It is also a great way to use up those short little pieces of remnant ribbon.

      Great hub

      regards Zsuzsy

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Thank you so much, Princessa. So nice of you to say so. I love doing the hubmobs - you have such great topics it's almost like cheating. I don't have to think them up myself, lol. Also, everyone there makes it a real pleasure to participate, and the exposure is great, too. It's really win-win!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      Another beautiful craft's hub. Thanks for taking part in the HubMob with such wonderful Hubs :)

      Thumbs up

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, emohealer. So glad you stopped by to comment.

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      Sioux Ramos 8 years ago from South Carolina

      Very nice, very craft, very beautiful. Thanks for such simple instructions, good hub.

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      No, jill, I can't lay claim to most of these. I was lucky to find some great pictures that are surprisingly similar to my own work, but until I re-locate my camera cord, I am having to borrow from talented others, lol.

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      jill of alltrades 8 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you for this informative hub. Your examples are very beautiful! Did you make them all?

      It has been a while since I did some sewing. Now that I have your detailed instructions, I might take it up again.

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, Enelle. I'm sure they would be just beautiful, too! You're most welcome.

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Absolutely beautiful examples - not sure mine would turn out this nice! LOL thanks for the great ideas

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much Gypsy. I am always amazed at how well they turn out. Hope you enjoy.

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Beautiful pillows, I shall certainly try this, thanks for the instructions