Will and I registered for the wedding at Bed, Bath, & Beyond. This means I left my shower with a large supply of purple ribbon as BB&B uses it on all packages they wrap.
As someone who fancies herself somewhat of a crafter, I couldn’t just throw the ribbon away. I had to make something with it.
It took me some time to figure out what to make but inspiration struck a few weeks ago. I’d make a pillow cover! Below is my recollection of this crafting adventure. It’s more of a Impressionist painting of a craft project than a step-by-step instruction guide, but perhaps you can draw inspiration nonetheless.
First, I lined up the ribbon to make several strips about the same size. I say “about” because measuring and precision aren’t really my jam.
Then, I laid the ribbon one on top of the other about an inch apart and pinned it. I suppose measuring is sometimes my jam.
After that, it was just a lot of sewing.
Pin and sew, pin and sew, la la la!
In case, at this point, you are thinking I’m some kind of crafting genius, let me share with you this photo from Instagram where I sewed through the pad of my thumb.
I still have a mark. Also, I broke the needle on the sewing machine. I have iron thumbs.
After some whinging and self-pity, I got back to the sewing.
Finally, I had a piece of ribbon-fabric large enough to cover the pillow. I folded the fabric over the pillow form and pinned where I’d need to sew to make the side and bottom seams.
At this point, I decided to be a real seamstress and get out the iron to flatten my seams, but I totally messed that up and now there’s a funny bump in the pillow. It’s not too noticeable so I pressed on! (Without the iron – pun!).
Then, I put the pillow form in its three-sided cover and sewed across the top to secure it inside. I did this part by hand and totally intended to do slip stitch to be all fancy but I really just wanted to finish so I just whipped it closed.
Martha Stewart would be so proud.
So now I have a cute little pillow made out of semi-sentimental fabric. I love that I was able to preserve these ribbons from my shower. My little pillow has a story.