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Ribbon Embossed Muslin Pillow

Hicks House | Ribbon Embossed Muslin Pillow

This is somewhat of an addendum to my Zippered Pillow Cover Tutorial

as I used the same basic assembly method.

As part of the never-ending quest to personalize this here Hicks House I am trying to work in custom pieces in with the pieces I purchase. When I purchased the sofa it came with two WAY overstuffed pillows on it. As the sofa is on the small side these gigantic pillows made sitting on the sofa next to impossible. Thus the pillows were removed and covered for the guest room in the original pillow tutorial where they work perfectly.

I was unsure at first what to do because although I love the look of lots of pillows on sofas, I don’t want to have to remove them whenever I want to sit down. Then on my first ever trip to IKEA (don’t judge me – I just went for the first time) I found these pillow inserts for less than $5!

Hicks House | Ribbon Embossed Pillow

They were meant to be used in conjunction with their pillow covers – however you cannot beat the price and they were just fluffy enough to give the look I wanted but still smoosh when you sat on it.

It just so happened I had a ton of muslin left over from years ago when I was first learning how to sew. It was the perfect oatmeal color to match the chairs in the living room. So I cut the fabric to size 1/2 inch wider and longer than my pillow so 16.5 x 24.5 (since this pillow is low on the fluff factor.) The only problem with muslin is that it’s so thin. Easily remedied by adding some fusible fleece interfacing to the back side.

Hicks House | Ribbon Embossed Muslin Pillow

Then I got started laying out my design with 1/4 inch gray ribbon that matches the sofa. I measured 4 inches up from the long edge of my fabric (I figured 4 inches up from the top and bottom would leave about 7.5 inches in the middle of the ribbon border – seemed like a good guestimate) and started pinning the ribbon directly to the fabric measuring at various intervals to ensure the line was straight.
Hicks House | Ribbon Embossed Pillow

I kept going until I was about 1.5 inches from the edge. Remember not to get too close about 1/4 – 1/2 inch will be your inseam and you don’t want your design too close to the edge. To turn the corner I folded the ribbon directly down:
Hicks House | Ribbon Embossed Muslin Pillow
Then up creating a box corner.
Hicks House | Ribbon Embossed Muslin Pillow

Make sure to pin very well. Make another corner going in the other direction 1.5 inches from the next edge.
Hicks House | Ribbon Embossed Muslin Pillow

Then create a third turn that folds back over your original line creating a square.
Hicks House | Ribbon Embossed Muslin Pillow

Continue pinning your straight line 4 inches from the edge of the fabric until you reach the 1.5 inches from the edge then repeat your corner process to create a second box. Repeat two more times and you have this.
Hicks House | Ribbon Embossed Muslin Pillow

For a nice clean edge fold over the top piece of ribbon where it overlaps your starting point.
Hicks House | Ribbon Embossed Muslin Pillow

This is where you will begin sewing along one edge of the ribbon – Make sure to backstitch at the beginning.
Hicks House | Ribbon Embossed Muslin Pillow

This is probably the most important step in the entire tutorial for having a professional looking finished product… When you get to the areas that overlap backstitch when you reach the overlap then stitch back to right where your top ribbon is. PICK UP YOUR NEEDLE move it to after the overlap then backstitch again and continue on.
Hicks House | Ribbon Embossed Muslin Pillow

You will want to use your seam ripper to remove the extra thread.
Hicks House | Ribbon Embossed Muslin Pillow

Once you have made it all the way around the pillow repeat on the other side.
Hicks House | Ribbon Embossed Muslin Pillow

Here is a close up of a finished professional looking overlap. If you do not take the extra step to backstitch and move your needle you would have stitches in an # symbol where the ribbon overlaps (not necessarily a bad thing – personal preference).
Hicks House | Ribbon Embossed Muslin Pillow

The top of your pillow is now done!
Hicks House | Ribbon Embossed Muslin Pillow

Now follow the directions for the zippered pillow covers to complete your pillow.

Hicks House | Ribbon Embossed Muslin Pillow

There you have it! A one of a kind ribbon embossed pillow that cost less than $10 to make start to finish!

I also made the two pillows behind it using the zippered pillow cover tutorial. I just love how they work together with the gray and oatmeal colors.

What do you think?

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Zippered Pillow Covers

We’ve done a lot of work in the Guest Room since moving into our new house. The original room inspiration and all the work can be seen here, here and here. It’s coming along :-).

I really wanted some throw pillows for the bed (I LOVE throw pillows) however neither of us could decide if we wanted the accent color to be light blue or yellow – so we decided to make it changeable so depending on the season or our mood we could change it up. I started with the yellow accent pillows and added a zipper to my homemade pillow covers to that I could re-use the pillow insert.

here's how it's done

here’s how it’s done

I started with the pillow insert I was going to use and measured the entire width and height of the pillow.

make sure to go seam to seam

make sure to go seam to seam

Your fabric needs to be 1 inch wider than your pillow to allow for a 1/2 inch seam allowance and 1 1/4 inches longer to allow for the seam allowance on the top and the zipper insert on the bottom. My pillow was 21 inches square so for my fabric I had to cut out two pannels to be 22×22 1/4.

Draw out your measurements on the BACK of your fabric. If you have a directional pattern like my chevron make sure the lines are straight with the pattern not with the top of your fabric. Its not always the same thing.

see how my line doesn't line up with the edge of the fabric?

see how my line doesn’t line up with the edge of the fabric?

one cut the chevrons are even

one cut the chevrons are even

iron your fabric pieces

iron your fabric pieces

Lay your ironed fabric pieces out and line up the zipper on the longer side of the fabric facing down towards the side of the fabric. I used a 12-inch zipper so I centered it on my 22 inches of fabric. You can use a zipper the entire length of your pillow – its probably easier but thats what I had on hand.

zipper pull should face down

zipper pull should face down

pin in place

pin in place

Sew the zipper to the fabric using a zipper foot. Make sure to not sew around the zipper pull. When you reach the pull manually wind your needle down into the fabric lift the foot and zip the zipper out of the way so you can continue sewing a straight line. Make sure to backstitch at the begining and end so your zipper stays put.

attach the first side of the zipper

attach the first side of the zipper

Do the same process for the other side of the zipper. Make sure the right sides of your fabric are facing each other.

repeat the process with the other side.

repeat the process with the other side.

Now you have two fabric squares attached in the middle with a zipper.
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Fold in half right sides together at the zipper and pin the pieces together around the entire perimeter – make sure your zipper is at least half unzipped so that you can turn it right side out when you are done.

pin all sides

pin all sides

Sew the two squares together backstitching at the begining and end for added support. Flip right side out through the zipper.

empty pillow cover

empty pillow cover

Stuff your pillow insert into your new pillow cover. If you used a small zipper like I did – be careful you don’t want to pop your stitches.

carefully stuff your insert into the case

carefully stuff your insert into the case

There you have it, a professional looking zippered pillow case!

zippered bottom

zippered bottom

Add it to your bed or sofa and change out the cover to your hearts content!
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Zippered Pillow Tutorial

Zippered Pillow Tutorial