Festive DIY Christmas Pillow with Ribbon Trim

Have you always wanted to make a Christmas throw pillow with festive trim for your holiday decor, but the cost to purchase fancy decorative trim is too expensive?

I am here to show you that you can make your own budget-friendly festive trim for a throw pillow, drapery or a blanket throw using ribbon.

How to set up a guest room for the holidays.

When decorating a guest room in my house, I was challenged to use only what was in a box of Waverly fabrics, paints and ribbons. I took it on to create Christmas decorations for the room all the way down to making a fabric cover for the poinsettia pot.

You can read more about it in this post:

holiday guest room DIY decor ideas

I used the fabric in the box to make simple sew pillow covers in festive colors, but wanted one decorative pillow with trim around the edges.

I could only use what was in the box and came up with the idea to make loops with the red ribbon.

How to use ribbon to make decorative trim for a pillow.

The pillow turned out better than I imagined. I placed it on a bed, but it would look just as nice in your living room on your couch.

How to Make a Festive DIY Christmas Pillow

supplies needed:

  • 1 yard Waverly Inspirations fabric
  • 1 roll of Waverly Inspirations 1-1/2″ wide decorative ribbon
  • 1- 18″ square pillow form
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

Step-by-Step Tutorial

  1. Cut two pieces of fabric to 21″ x 21″. If using a fabric with a pattern on it, place right sides together after cutting.
How to make a ribbon trimmed pillow.

2. Cut the entire roll of ribbon into 2″ long pieces.

DIY pillow trim being made using ribbon

3. Lay fabric right side up on worktable. Fold a piece of ribbon in half and pin 1/4″ from corner on one side of fabric.

waverly-guest-room-pillow using ribbon being made.

4. Continue pinning loops of ribbon all around the square of fabric.

ribbon trim for a pillow tutorial

5. Leave 1/4″ free from the ribbon loops at each corner.

How to make trim for a throw pillow using ribbon.

6. Sew a 1/4″ seam along the outside edge of ribbon all around the square of fabric. Remove pins.

Sewing a throw pillow cover on a sewing machine.

7. Place and center tip piece of pillow fabric face down on fabric with ribbon loops, pin edges together.

Sew a 1/2″ seam all around, leaving half of one side open. You will sew this closed after inserting the pillow form.

Remove pins and turn the cover so the right sides are out. Press if needed.

DIY looped satin ribbon edge pillow on bed.

8. Insert pillow form. Pin opening and sew closed.

For more throw pillows and cover ideas, including one made using napkins, head over the Pillows and Seat Cushions DIY project gallery.

For more budget friendly trim ideas, you will find them in this post I wrote on all the creative ways you can add embellishments and trim to pillows, draperies, towels and more.

How to make budget-friendly and decorative trim for the edges of a pillow using ribbon.

With that project checked off your list, it’s time to grab a cup of tea and explore my project gallery for more Christmas decorating projects.

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