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How To Make A Ribbon Pillow

Updated on December 3, 2014

How To Create These Simple Charming Christmas Ribbon Pillows

Every year for the holidays as part of our celebrations we make some sort of handmade item like a special gift or ornament for decorating or for gifting. These ribbon pillows were just such a project. Of course depending on your color selection they would work just as well for wedding gifts, anniversaries, birthday presents or even extensive interior decorating and design for creating a cohesive look.

They are incredibly easy to do, deceptively so and yet look ever so luxurious and festive. Use any kind of ribbons you want to create each one a unique gift for family and friends, and perhaps even for yourself. The ribbons can be all the same width or mix it up a bit and use different sized ribbons to add visual interest. Set you creativity free and see what wonderful idea you come up with.

What you'll need to make these Ribbon Pillows

Ribbon, any width color of style you desire.

Fabric for the pillow casing

Polyfill for stuffing

The usual sewing items like thread, needles, scissors etc.

A Ribbon Pillow Example Using Two Different Ribbon Widths.

Ivory and Gold Ribbon Pillow with fabric border.
Ivory and Gold Ribbon Pillow with fabric border.

The Steps For Making Ribbon Pillows

It's Easier Than You Think

* Cut 13 lengths of ribbon.

This can be all one color or divide it up with two or four colors. Actually you could make all the ribbon strips a different color. Cut the ribbon length about 2 inches longer than the desired pillow size. This allows for excess used in the weaving as well as sewing.

Arrange your ribbon strips both vertically and horizontally. If using two different colors as shown in the two pillow examples show above. Place ribbon color every other one.

* Basket weave the ribbon strips

Basket weaving is simply an over under. Take the first ribbon strip from the top left and slip it under the topmost left side ribbon. Under the next side ribbon and so on and so forth.

* Lay face down onto fabric chosen for the pillowcase front.

* Sew together the ribbon and the front of the pillow case.

The fabric that you stitch the woven ribbon to, provides a couple of uses. For one thing if you are using pollyfil to fill your pillow this will enclose it. But just as importantly, it keeps the ribbons in place while it is being stitched to the pillow backing fabric.

* Take this and lay face down onto the back of the pillow case

Again make sure the fabric you want facing out on the finished pillow is turned face in for this step. Be sure to leave a big enough hole for inverting the case and stuffing.

* Invert, stuff and stitch shut.

You can stuff with either polyfill or to make your project even easier simply get a prestuffed pillow center.


Depending on your preference you can have your ribbon pillows with or without a border. (large white and gold pillow above shows ribbon pillow with a border, large red ribbon pillow below shows without border.) Adding a border helps give your crisp corners for your pillow as well as addition decorative elements.

Stuff Your Ribbon Pillows With Polyfil - Why I Prefer Polyfil To Padding Or Batting

Fiberfil or Polyfil makes for a nicely stuffed plush pillow. Batting or padding flatten out or squish down while polyfil stays fluffy and new looking for years to come.

The plus side of using polyfil is that your pillows can be any size you desire. The plus side of using a premade pillow form is it saves time and you get the perfectly stuffed pillow every time.

So if you are making one with the intention of using a pillow form but your ribbon pillow somehow comes out the wrong size, you can always have a polyfil back up plan.

Or Use These Premade Pillows Forms For Your Ribbon Pillows - Simplify The Stuffing Process By Using Premade Pillow Forms

This is a good way to speed up thing especially if you are making several as gifts with a production style. You'll get a perfectly stuffed ribbon pillow every time.

A Ribbon Pillow With No Fabric Border.

Red Ribbon Pillow with no fabric border
Red Ribbon Pillow with no fabric border

About The Author Of How To Make Ribbon Pillows

Mona Majorowicz of WIld Faces Gallery

My name is Mona Majorowicz I am a professional artist who has been making my living selling my work for some time now. I am an animal artist, (meaning I paint critters) who works primarily in Oil Pastel or Water Soluble Pencil.

I own and operate Wild Faces Gallery with my husband Mike in a small rural town in Iowa. There we sell my original artwork and prints, as well as do quality custom framing and offer Giclee printing for other artists as well as for ourselves. I have over 20 years in ate art and framing industry both as a business owner and as a working artist.

I maintain a blog called Fur In The Paint, as well as write a regular column for the equestrian magazine Apples 'N Oats about painting horses.

Animals are my passion and art is how I chose to express it.

I'd love to hear from you. Please leave a comment

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      snrklz 4 years ago

      Oh, this is too cool! One of these pillows would be a great idea for a homemade Christmas present.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Ah, this is a delightful idea!

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Best wishes in the New Year.

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      June Parker 6 years ago from New York

      These pillows are fabulous. I want to do this next year. Perhaps start on them during the summer for next year. The ideas are already churning. I bookmarked it so I could find it again. Thanks so much for sharing!

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      Wendy Henderson 6 years ago from PA

      very creative idea! Love it.

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      Robin S 6 years ago from USA

      These are lovely! You're making me want to craft again. :) It's been a long time.

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      Robin S 6 years ago from USA

      These are lovely! You're making me want to craft again. :) It's been a long time.