Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Ribbon Flower Embellished Napkin Pillow

two napkin to make a pretty pillow.

Napkin pillows are very popular and easy to make. There are quite a few tutorials out in blogland showing you how to put two napkins together for a pillow.  I'm going one step further, showing you how to embellish a napkin pillow by making a dainty narrow ribbon flower.  If you can glue two ribbon ends together and sew straight seams or use iron on tape for a no-sew pillow, you can make this adorable decorative pillow.

And you only need a few items to put this together:
Narrow satin ribbon in your favorite colors
Fabri-Tac fabric glue
Measuring tape
17" Cloth napkins
Sewing machine or iron-on tape if you don't sew

To begin, let's make the ribbon flower first. Cut out a 1" circle of felt. Then cut fifteen strips of ribbon 12" long for the first petal layer.  Bring the ribbon strip ends together to form loops (petals) and secure with glue.

Add a dab of fabric glue to the ribbon strip edge and glue on the first layer of petals around the edge of the circle starting with the "clock positions" of 12, 3, 6, and 9 and then . . .

filling in between.

Glue on more petals between the first layer for a fuller look.

Continue adding layers of petals as you are decreasing the length of each  ribbon strip.

The number of petals and lengths of ribbon strips are decreasing about an inch for each layer as you are adding more petals and different colors to the center.

I didn't count the number of petals I glued on for each layer, but instead cut and glued on each strip separately, as I worked my way toward the center.

Once satisfied with the look and fullness .  .  .

it's time to make the pillow!  If you don't use a sewing machine, follow the package instructions for iron-on tape to seal the napkins together.  If using a sewing machine, take two napkins, matching up the edges, right sides together . . .

begin stitching the edges together, first going back and forth to seal the seams and continuing around three sides.  Since the edges are already finished I did not have a seam allowance. As you begin stitching the fourth side, leave a gap about six inches long to insert the poly-fill. Seal the last stitches back and forth so the seams won't come open. 

Turn the napkins right side out and stuff with fiberfill to form the pillow.  Hand stitch the opening close. Apply Fabri-Tac glue to the back of the felt circle and press the flower to the center of the pillow.

Have fun decorating with your embellished napkin pillows!

Take a little time to enjoy
Happy Crafting!


  1. A work of art and beauty, my friend! You alway inspire me, Gail :) Hugs!

  2. I love this! It's so beautiful, Gail. I like that it's easy too. I'm pinning this and thinking about where to put one when I make it! Have a wonderful week!

  3. Gail, another beautiful creation. You do make these projects so easy and I love the step by step instruction. Love this pillow! I always appreciate you linking up at the DI&DI party.

  4. Love a good pillow and this one is gorgeous. What an amazing idea! Take care, Maria

  5. What a awesome tutorial Gail. Gorgeous pillow!

  6. This is such a pretty way to brighten up a bedroom. Love the ribbon flower and the colors you've chosen! Thanks for linking up to Creatively Crafty. :)

    1. Gail, I wanted to let you know that your project will be featured at Life Beyond the Kitchen this week. Thanks again for sharing with us! :)

  7. gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your post with Creatively Crafty Link Party!

  8. Wow, your pillow looks like a designer pillow. Great job Gail!

  9. What a gorgeous pillow! Thanks for the tutorial on ribbon flowers! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  10. A great tutorial and a beautiful pillow, a work of art that could easily be in a frame!!


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