My project for the May Arts Valentines challenge is completed!
This project was fun to do, and I may have found a new favorite ribbon in the process.
The ribbons I used are all manufactured by May Arts. Here’s how I did it.
I began by cutting a piece of unbleached cotton to the size of my pillow for the pillow top. The pillow I made is 16 inches high by 24 inches long. I liked this cotton because of it’s natural color, and because the fibers create a sense of texture that sort of offset the ribbon. It looks a lot like linen, but was much less expensive.
Next I laid the ribbon out on the fabric until I’d arranged it in a design I was happy with. I was going for some fun stripes. Then I pinned the ribbons in place.
I like this shot of the ribbons with ruffles on them. This particular ribbon was SO fun to work with. It’s 1.5 inches wide, and the center is a faux suede. It’s really beautiful, and I loved using it. It could be my new favorite.
Setting my sewing machine on it’s slowest speed, I carefully sewed each ribbon into place, changing threads as necessary to have them coordinate with the ribbon. These ribbons were fairly wide, so I sewed down both edges of them.
Soon they were all sewn on, and it’s looking cute!
Next I went for a second layer of ribbon on top of the suede stripes. I opted for the red velvet ric rac down the center of the white stripes.
Although I’d never tried it before, I cut a length of the white leaves ribbon and decided to see if I could successfully sew it on, too.
A bit tricky, but it worked! I love it!
Now the pillow looked like this:
I felt like it needed something to help break up the stripes just a bit, so I toyed with several different shapes and decided at last to sketch a little bird (since I’m really loving bird images and a Valentine pillow could certainly have a little love bird on it, right?!). I grabbed my favorite Valentines quilting fabric and went to work.
I added a single length of white velvet ric rac for the bird to sit on, but decided that I needed something more. Then my eyes happened to fall on the length of suede leaves ribbon that I’d received in the mail, and I wondered if I could use some of it. Isn’t it pretty?
I cut three individual leaves off and arranged them on the pillow. Then I sewed across the tops of them, leaving the rest of the leaf free so that it adds some dimension. ***Easter/Spring pillow idea bells start ringing in my brain at this time! I also realized how versatile this suede leaves ribbon would be in so many altered art projects. It’s neat stuff!
I traced my bird pattern on some interfacing and ironed it to the back of my fabric. After cutting it out, I was ready to peel the backing off and iron the bird to my pillow.
After ironing it in place, I carefully stitched around the edge of the bird for stability.
I like the end result.
It was time for the backing. I chose to piece my back with a zipper near the bottom of it because I prefer to use my pillow inserts year round with different looks. Lay the pieces with right sides together and carefully line them up.
Pin around the edges and sew it together! If you choose to stuff your pillow, be sure to leave a hole to do it, and if you use a zipper, be sure you open it a little so you have a way to turn the pillow right side out.
After sewing around the edges, I trimmed the excess ribbon and also trimmed a bit at the corners. Turn it right side out, and ta da!
I quickly grabbed my feather and down insert and stuffed it inside. Finished!
It looks great on the guest bed in my studio.
I’m liking my little pillow. This was a super fun project! The possibilities for embellishment with ribbon are endless. I enjoyed tinkering around with these. Thanks May Arts!