STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

How to make a ribbon cushion cover

How to make a ribbon cushion

You will need:

  • 1 x 40cm (16in) cushion pad
  • 1m (40in) material to cover
  • 8m (315in) ribbon of varying colours and textures
  • Matching thread
  • Dressmakers pins
  • Needle
  • Scissors

Cushions are a wonderful way to accessorise your home and tie a colour scheme together. A few bright cushions can add a pop of colour to an otherwise neutral scheme but they can be expensive. Why not save yourself some money by making them yourself?!

This purple ribbon look is perfect to turn an ordinary cushion into something strokeably special. Use a combination of velvet and silk ribbons and experiment with contrasting and coordinating colours. It couldn't be easier to make a few and give a special accent to your room.

Time to complete the job: 1-2 hours.
Approximate budget: Cushion pads cost from about £6; ribbons from 60p a metre.

Tip: Pick a sturdy material to cover your cushion - cottons and linens work best. Try to avoid silky materials that will make it hard to attach the ribbons securely. You can make the cushion any size you like - just make sure you buy enough covering material and ribbon lengths.

  • Step 1: Measuring & cutting

    Step 1: Measuring & cutting

    Measure your cushion pad. Add 5/8" (15mm) seam allowance on both sides and the bottom and a 2in (5cm) seam allowance for the top. This will give you a good turnover for a clean finish. For a 40cm (16in) pad you will need two pieces measuring approximately 44cm x 48cm (17.25in x 18.75in).

    Measure your backing material and cut out two matching pieces.

    Cut the ribbon into approximately 45cm (18in) pieces.

  • Step 2: Laying out the horizontal ribbons

    Step 2: Laying out the horizontal ribbons

    On the right side of one piece of material lay out half the ribbon lengths horizontally - mixing up sizes and textures. When you're happy with the look, pin each ribbon at one end to the cover material.

  • Step 3: Laying out the vertical ribbons

    Step 3: Laying out the vertical ribbons

    Lay out the vertical ribbons over the horizontal ribbons, again, alternating the size and colours of ribbons to give an interesting effect.
    When you're happy with the look, pin each ribbon at one end.

  • Step 4: Fastening the ribbons securely

    Step 4: Fastening the ribbons securely

    Trim any excess length off the ribbons and pin the unfastened end of each ribbon to the material. Baste along each side of the material, catching in the ends of the ribbons and holding them securely.

    Tip: To make the ribbons stay securely on the cover, machine stitch down the centre of each ribbon with matching thread - or down both sides of the ribbon if the piece is wide.

  • Step 5: Sewing the cushion cover together

    Step 5: Sewing the cushion cover together

    Along one unfinished edge, with wrong sides together, turn under a 2in (5cm) seam allowance and press. This will be the top edge.
    Repeat with the other piece of material.

    With right sides together (ie. with the ribbons to the inside) pin the front and the back pieces of the cushion cover together.

    Sew a 15mm (5/8in) seam along the three remaining edges, leaving the top edge open.

  • Step 6: Finishing

    Step 6: Finishing

    Turn the cover right side out and press. Insert the cushion pad. Sew the unfinished top edge together with an invisible stitch.

    Tip: The 5cm (2in) seam allowance allows you to tuck the overlap over the cushion pad to give a clean finish.