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- Pin both ribbon pieces to a place mat. Space them 1/2 inch apart and no closer to the edge of the place mat than 5 inches; wrap ends to the back of the mat. Stitch ribbons in place along the edges.
- Use embroidery floss to sew buttons equally spaced between the ribbons. Emphasize the vertical motif by stitching from the outside of each button to the center, as shown.
- Machine-stitch free-form circles around each button five or six times.
- Pin the place mats together with wrong sides facing. Stitch together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance and leaving a 6-inch opening. Stuff the pillow with fiberfill; sew the opening closed.