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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Basketweave Ribbon Pillow Top Tutorial

I first made this pillow last summer when we moved into our new home. I had saved every scrap of ribbon that had come on wedding presents and wanted to do something fabulous with them. Nice grosgrain ribbon should not be wasted! (The green ribbons came from Williams-Sonoma, the grey from AT Loft bags.) This is my tutorial for how to make a pillow with a basketweave ribbon top.


Grosgrain Ribbon
In the above picture, I used approx:
 14ft of 1.5" ribbon = 11" pillow
24 ft of 2" ribbon = 16" pillow
2 squares of fabric for lining and back
Pillow form or stuffing
Thread to match the ribbon

lovely pile of wrinkly ribbon
(I ironed it smooth before sewing)
fabric squares 
Cut ribbon to desired length, leaving a 1/2" of extra on each end (both directions) to allow for ease during the weaving.

On one side, pin the ribbons down as close as possible. (The exposed fabric at the bottom is because I cut my squares larger than needed, too. If I had been thinking, I would have centered the ribbon rows rather than starting at the very top. Take heed from my folly! :))

After pinning one side, stitch down those ribbons. Make sure the ribbons are touching and straight - they tend to twitch a bit as you move the fabric. 



kinda looks like a gladiator skirt

Pull the sewn ribbons aside and get ready to pin down the second side. 

Pin down the second side, starting as close to the stitching as you can.

Continue pinning down the second side, keeping the ribbons smooth and straight. Stitch this side down.

Now the fun part: weave those ribbons!

Pinning down the rows as you go will help minimize slipping.

Pin down the other side, and you're ready to sew!

Depending on how your ribbons are centered on the lining, you can choose to stitch "on" or "off" the ribbon (I had to stitch on because that's where the fabric ended!). Stitching on the ribbon will make the pillow edges smoother, but it's not necessary.

stitching "on" the ribbon (using the vertical ribbon as my guide)
 Once you've stitched down both sides, trim the seam allowance on all four sides to 1/8". If you sew the front to the back with 1/4" seam allowance, your first seams should be neatly hidden.

Ta da! A beautiful pillow top. Continue constructing your pillow as usual. 

Of course, you don't have to make a square or use only one color. Doing the sides in different colors would create a checkerboard pattern. 

Don't care for the solid ribbon look? Check out this awesome ribbon and burlap pillow tutorial from the Country Chic Cottage.


Linked to:

The Shabby Creek Cottage
The Brambleberry Cottage
Simple Home Life

The Fun In Functional @ Practically FunctionalLovely Crafty HomeDays of Chalk and Chocolate


  1. This is such a cool idea. Thanks for linking up at Doodles & Stitches!

  2. I love it, the basketweave pattern is so pretty! Thanks for the tutorial! I'd be thrilled if you want to share this at my current link party!



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