Pillows add a special touch to any room, and I recently made these three for a baby shower to celebrate my cousin's new baby girl. They are 8 inch square pillows, so they come together quickly and are a sweet size for a little girl to tote around her room! If you have ever wanted to experiment with new details like ribbon trim or ruffles, this is a great project to start with since it requires such little material.
When decorating, using three of an element looks very put together, especially if they coordinate. I first sketched my designs for the pillows, and picked my materials, ensuring I have a group of pillows that look harmonious.
To make a pillow with ribbon fringe trim is quite simple. First, cut out two squares of fabric, each two inches bigger than your finished size (here I cut two 10 inch pieces to allow for 1 inch seams). Pin your decorative trim on the right side of the fabric 3/4 inch away from the edges.
Sew your trim in place, paying attention to the stitch lines on the trim itself, making sure you sew on top of them.
If installing a zipper, please see my other tutorial on zippers. With right sides together, pin the two squares, leaving the zipper side open.
Stuff the pillow and fluff the fringe as needed!
The second pillow involves making a custom ruffled fringe. This is quite simple, and an easy way to coordinate your pillows. I used the same fabric for my ruffles as I used for the body of the previous pillow. Follow the same method of construction as outlined in my other pillow projects, as I am just going to focus on creating the ruffle trim itself.
Now you will start to GENTLY pull the long straight thread to gather your ruffle to the fullness you desire.
Pin your ruffle trim on the right side of one of your fabric squares in the same manner described for the ribbon trim above.
Follow the same steps I have outlined in my other pillow projects to insert a zipper and sew the right sides of your pillow together. Stuff the pillow and enjoy!