Cutting the ribbon

Materials

For two cushions and two cards:

  • 1m of 23mm (7⁄8in) single-faced satin in hot pink, purple, powder pink, sherbet pink, peacock, grape and jade
  • 1m of 15mm (5⁄8in) single-faced satin in sherbet pink, powder pink, grape, purple and peacock
  • 150cm of 9mm (3⁄8in) feather-edge in pink and aqua
  • 120cm in total of 39mm (11⁄2in) sheer ribbons in tippy in pink and blue (flowers); ringling in blue (stripes and dots); and pergola in pink (checked with flowers)
  • 30cm of BondaWeb
  • Fat quarter of fabric in pink or turquoise (18 x 22in)
  • Pack of aperture cards in pink and turquoise
  • Glue stick

Finished Size

Large cushions 12 x 12in and smaller cushion 11 x 11in

You can download a pdf copy of the original magazine pages for this project here, Cutting the ribbon

Making the weaving

Figure 1: The first row pinned in place  
Figure 1: The first row pinned in place
  1. Cut a piece of background fabric that's 20cm larger all round than your finished weaving will be.
  2. Choose the ribbons you’re going to plait and then cut them into lengths that are about 5cm longer than the size of your finished weaving.
  3. Using safety pins, pin a neat row of ribbons to the background fabric in the order you want them.
  4. Following the colour sequence that you’ve laid out, take your first cross ribbon, and pin it at right angles to the top of your row of ribbons, see Figure 1.
  5. Now for the weaving, carefully threading the cross-ribbon over and under each ribbon in turn.
  6. Pin the next ribbon in place and weave as before, and continue until you have a square of weaving. Don't forget that each cross-row needs to begin by alternately threading under and then over the first ribbon.
  7. Now cut a piece of BondaWeb a bit larger than your final square and slip under the weaving with the rougher glueside up. Cover the weaving completely with baking parchment, and press the ribbons onto the backing with a hot iron. Undo the safety pins and trim the weaving to the edge of the BondaWeb.
  8. Cut a piece of fabric to about the same size as the weaving, peel off the backing of the BondaWeb, and place it glue-side down onto the fabric. Press carefully, making sure that the ironing board and weaving are covered with baking parchment.

Cushion

Figure 2: Adding the borders  
Figure 2: Adding the borders
  1. Cut two 10cm-wide strips of fabric to the length of your weaving. Place RS down on top of the weaving with the edges level and sew in place, Figure 2.
  2. Turn the fabric RS out and press open, protecting the ribbons from the iron with spare fabric or paper.
  3. Cut another two strips to match the width of the first and sew as before.
  4. Using a large ruler or square, trim the cushion front to size: ours were trimmed at a slight angle to add interest, Figure 3.
  5. To make a back for the cushion, you’ll need two pieces of fabric that measure the width of the cushion by half its length plus 10cm. Turn a small hem on the two long sides of the fabric; overlap and tack as shown in Figure 4.
  6. Place the right-sides together with the cushion and sew all around the edge. Turn the right way out, poke out the corners carefully, and insert your cushion pad. And there it is – done!
Figure 3 and 4  
Figure 3 (Left): Trim to size
Figure 4 (Right): Making the cushion back

Cards

  1. Follow the weaving instructions through to step 7. When you've pressed the weaving onto the BondaWeb, remove the safety pins but don’t trim it yet.
  2. Choose your cards and, laying them on the back of the weaving, draw through the aperture onto the back of the BondaWeb. Remove the card and mark another outline 1cm outside the first.
  3. Cut around the outside line. Carefully put glue around the inside of the aperture card and position the weaving, then glue the weaving to the back of the card using glue stick.

Alternatives

  • Cut out shapes from the weaving and bond onto a pocket. Blanket stitch in place.
  • Use as the centre for some quilt blocks.
  • Get ahead for Christmas and use red and green ribbons to make great greetings cards!

EASY TIPS

Make life easier by keeping a large supply of safety pins at hand to hold the ends of the ribbons to the background fabric. If you have to leave your weaving part way through, then put a safety pin in the end of the last ribbon you have just plaited. This will then hold everything in place until you get back to work.

First published in Popular Patchwork Weekend Projects 2007