The flowers I planted this season in the window box brighten my day when I look out the window!
And these shoes... Well they really put a spring in my step ; )!
But back to this pillow...
I decided to go with the neutral back over the green. Although this has really bright ribbon, the versitility of the fabric will make it suitable for most any room. While you know I love Ric-Rac, I decided to go with the other seamstress staples; Herringbone and Grosgrain (I also used some really bright Trimming Braid). These bold colors really make a statement when placed together!
After cutting the ribbon in lenghts to fit my pillow, I played around with the pieces. For a 18" pillow I cut the fabric and ribbon 19"; this gives me a 1/2" seam allowance. Because a yard of ribbon is 36" I get at least 2 yards of the desired ribbon so I have plenty to work with. This will give me 3 pieces of each color and I love working with odd #'s!
While it appears the pieces are sewn at random, a lot of thought truly goes into each pillow or project I make. Some colors just look better next to each other.
It's impossible to get the ribbon on straight without marking where you want it sewn down. I use the blue marker on lighter fabric and the white marker on darker fabric. The idea is to cover the mark with your ribbon, but if that doesn't happen it washes right out.
Wondertape is perfect for placing the ribbon and then sewing it down. I can get the pieces perfectly placed and then stitch them in place. I takes a bit of time (sort of like masking before painting) but the process goes so much faster once the ribbon is in place. Sometimes I will use the same colored thread on all pieces, but when I want to change color I'm able to sew all red, then blue, etc.
Don't you just love the bright colors this season?
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