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Ball Fringe Pillow Tutorial

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Do you like ball fringe?  I love it!  I think ball fringe helps stuffy things not take themselves so seriously. It is a bit silly and carefree and I like to use it in drips and drabs around the house.

I used it on Molly's bed crown because it was the same fringe that is on her curtains so it worked. Plus a bed crown can be somewhat stiff and formal looking to me and this little bit of ball fringe makes it softer, sillier, more like my girl.

I was rummaging through my stash and came across some large black ball fringe I've had for probably 8 years or so. Time to get rid of it by sewing it on some pillows!  Sewing on ball fringe is a pain but it's not a hard process so go for it!

If you want to add trim to a pillow the important thing to remember is to sew it on the RIGHT side of one your fabric pieces with the trim facing the middle of the fabric.  Then sew your right sides together.

Right side of one piece of my pillow fabric. See how the fringe is facing toward the middle?

Now that it's all on, just put your right sides together as you normally would.

It's a little tricky to sew the second piece on because the balls get in the way but just push them to the side and sew slowly.

I did a simple envelope closure. I hemmed two separate pieces and sewed them on so that they overlapped a bit. I just eyeballed it all so I don't have measurements but basically I made one shorter piece and a longer piece.

I love linen and black together. I think I may put a monogram in the middle. Or maybe something for the fall like a pumpkin or leaves?  What do you think?



  1. I love it and I love pom poms...I think a monogram would look great.

  2. Love 'em! A monogram is nice, but I vote for a seasonal twist - maybe done in big basting stitches so it could be removed easily and replaced with a new one for a different season? i.e., a pumpkin for Fall, removed and replaced with a pine cone for Winter, or a pretty Christmas tree decoration emblem.

  3. Oh, I love this! I've been itching to use ball fringe lately - maybe to trim some curtains. And I agree that linen and black is a sharp combo. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. This looks so cute! I have some of this fringe and I've been waiting to use it... this might be the motivation I need!

    Kathleen @

  5. I spent money on a pillow that is almost identical to this one! Love it!

  6. Thanks for the great tutorial! I just had to share it on Ribbon Jar Facebook page:
    Thanks for being so creative!

  7. Where did you find your pom fringe?

  8. Where did you find your pom fringe?


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