This cushion is actually rather easy but looks very impressive
You will need for a 12" square cushion:
10 mtrs of 1" ribbons... if you change the width of your ribbon then the amount of ribbon you will need will vary
A separate 1.3m of 1" ribbon
1 piece of medium to heavy iron on interfacing 14" square
1/2 metre of fabric to complement your ribbon colours
A cork board which is bigger than 14"
Map pins or sewing pins with coloured tops
Wait for it... iron and ironing board, with a pressing cloth
Box of matches
12 x 12" cushion pad - Merrick and Day are great suppliers
Place your interfacing onto the corkboard with the iron on side uppermost, secure each corner with a map pin.
Next cut your ribbons in to 13.5" lengths (this gives you a 5/8" seam allowance when you sew up your cushion) - use pinking shears to cut your ribbons, as ribbon when cut can rival Usain Bolt when he runs the 100m!
Now you have to decide how you will weave your cushion, for our first venture we will just use simple weaving.
Pin 14 strips of ribbon to the top of your interfacing, ensuring that each ribbon is side by side. These vertical ribbon are your warp threads. Now take your first ribbon to go across, pin it down on the left hand side and begin to weave it under then over each of the warp threads. When you get to the right hand side, pin it down, you have now completed your weft row - there is a really easy rhyme to remember which direction weaves go in - weft goes right to left.When you begin your next row, butt your ribbon right up against your first row and then you do the opposite with your weaving, so when on the last row you went under, this time you go over and so on until you reach the end. Pin it in. Continue this until all of the 14 ribbons have been used up.
You will notice that despite being the world'sbest weaver some of your ribbons have shifted a little. Work along all of the warp ribbons (the verticals) and secure them with the map pins, repeat this with your weft ribbons.
Turn on your iron to a cool setting but sufficiently hot to fuse the interfacing to the ribbon, take the cork board to your ironing board - pop your pressing cloth on top of the weaving (if you do not have one, use a clean cotton tea towel - now gently iron the square of weaving until the interweaving has fused to the ribbons. Now remove one side of pins, press this down, and repeat for the other three sides.
Cut out a 14" square, pin and sew it to the reverse side of your weaving using a seam allowing of 5/8", this will give your cushion front more body. Trim the excess fabric away and you should have a square of 13.5".
Cut two pieces of fabric 13.5 x 10". Turn over and 1/4 in seam. Take one piece of fabric, and fold back 3 1/4", then with right sides facing pin it to your cushion front, now take your other front and pin it to the other half of your cushion, it will overlap the piece that you have just sewed but don't worry. Now sew all around with a 5/8" seam allowance.
At each corner, snip off the dog ear triangles (so that there is no bulk when you turn it out), turn the cushion inside out and use the chop stick inserted into the corners to give you a nice crisp corner.
Taking your left over ribbon, cut it into four equal pieces, measure along your opening and divide it by 3, mark (as your cushion is 12" this should be 4") and place a pin at 4" and 8". Take you ribbon and fold it in half widthwise, cut it into a point (of less than an inch) and seal along the edge with a match to stop it fraying at the other end cut out a triangle and repeat your trick with a match or if your prefer not be arrested for arson use your pinking shears. Fold the pointy end under and pin to the cushion as shown in the picture, and sew to the cushion, repeat on the other side of the opening.
Now you have not only a ribbon woven cushion but an original and easily closer too!
This cushion is great on beds... but history tells me they are useless in cat households...
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