Weave blush pink ribbon to make a tactile bolster cushion for your sofa
23m (25yd) pink velvet ribbon, 1cm ( 3 /8") wide 15 x 40.5cm (6 x 16") bolster cushion Matching sewing thread Sewing needle 2.5 x 15cm (1 x 6") piece of paper Traditional cane weaving worked in blush pink velvet ribbon? Mind blown. This textured bolster of your dreams looks divine and is only a bit of careful measuring and pinning away – just think of it as a gateway project if you’re new to weaving, as it’s loom-free.
You can upcycle a bolster you already have with coordinating ribbon, or if you’re handy with the sewing machine you could make your own by sewing a bolster cushion cover and filling it before you tackle the weaving.
First, cut six 119cm (47") lengths of the velvet ribbon and group them into three pairs.
Find the middle point of one pair of ribbons. Lay the ribbons vertically and parallel to one another, 2.5cm (1") apart, with their middle lying across the end of the bolster cushion. Use a 2.5 x 15cm (1 x 6") piece of paper to help with spacing. Pin these ribbons into place at the circumference seam on the bolster end.
Lay the middle of a second pair of ribbons on top of the bolster end at approximately a 45º angle to the first pair so that the ends continue around the circumference seam 2.5cm (1") apart, as shown. Pin into place.
Weave the next pair of parallel ribbons at an angle under and over each of the four pinned ribbons. The ribbons you’re weaving should catch in the Vs of the other ribbons so they don’t slide around. The shape should create a hexagon in the centre, as shown.
Bring the ends of the first pair of ribbons around the length of the pillow to meet each other and pin them into place, overlapping the cut ends. Repeat with the second pair of ribbons so they overlap the first pair at the other end, then pin them into place.
Bring the third pair of ribbons around to pin, but weave the end of the ribbons under and over the ribbons already secured to the pillow, as in Step 4. Secure all the ribbons to the circumference seam with pins, maintaining the established 2.5cm (1") spacing.
Check to make sure the woven pattern is correct on both sides, the ribbons are 2.5cm (1") apart, and the tension on the ribbons around the pillow is as desired – tight, but not compressing the pillow. Fold one cut end of each ribbon back by 0.5cm ( ") and secure the folded end to the ribbon below it with needle and thread, maintaining its tension around the pillow. Trim the ribbon ends underneath the sewn fold to 0.5cm ( "). Repeat this step for the five remaining ribbons.
For each ribbon, unpin and slide the loop until the ribbon seam is hidden under one of the other ribbons. These are the structural ribbons. Repin them into place at the circumference seam.
Cut six 218cm (86") lengths of ribbon – these will be your wrapping ribbons. Next, orient the pillow end towards you so that one set of the sewn parallel structural ribbon pairs on the end is horizontal.
Line up one of the wrapping ribbon ends across the end of the pillow so it’s parallel to the horizontal pair that are already there. Pin the end of the wrapping ribbon under the structural ribbon already secured by the circumference pin. Bring the wrapping ribbon under and then over the centre V along the parallel line – the ribbon should catch in the V and not slide through. Next, pin the wrapping ribbon over the structural ribbon where they cross at the circumference seam, using the pin that’s already there. Rotate the pillow so another set of parallel ribbons is horizontal.
Repeat Step 10 to add five more parallel ribbon lines along the edges of the pillow end. As you add these ribbons, maintain the over/under pattern. The wrapping ribbon should always run under the structural ribbon where it starts and over the structural ribbon at the edge of the pillow. After placing all the ribbons, there should be no circumference pins available. Remeasure and adjust the circumference pins as necessary to maintain 2.5cm (1") spacing between them all.
These six wrapping ribbons will encircle the bolster cushion with 2.5cm (1") of space between each other. As you wrap around the cushion to the other end, the wrapping ribbons will go over the structural ribbons already in place on the pillow. Start at the top of the pillow and begin wrapping one of
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