With the struggling economy many couples get rid of extras even when it comes to weddings. One of those “extras” is the use of a ring pillow. The ring pillow traditionally is carried by the ring bearer and the rings are tied together. Now, even if a ring pillow is used the rings are usually fake and the pillow is used as an accent piece more than a part of the ceremony.
If like many couples you wish to have a ring pillow but can’t justify spending the $14.99 they generally cost at Hobby Lobby or Michaels, then buy the materials and make your own. Or if you have an older child who is going to be a junior bridesmaid, or flower girl, you can have them help make this as a bridal party gift.
To get started you will need the following materials:
Two 10″ squares of cotton fabric (one quarter flat piece is enough)
Three 12″ pieces of satin ribbon in any color or width (I used 1″ silver ribbon for the sample below)
One spool of light colored thread (Gray or off-white work well to add shadow lines so the stitches don’t show from a distance
Cotton stuffing or batting (you don’t need a lot just a small bag that is usually found in the stuffed animal making aisles)
To make the pillow:
1. Pin the two fabric squares together on three sides.
2. Using a basic running stitch (where you pull the thread back and forth through the material) stitch the unpinned side.
3. Unpin another side and stitch using the running stitch, and repeat until three sides are sewn and only one side is left open.
4. turn the pillow inside out so the stitches don’t show.
5. Stuff the pillow with the cotton batting until the pillow is as full as you want it.
6. Pin shut on both corners of the open side first then pin the rest of the open side shut.
7. Sew the top of the pillow shut using a whip-stitch (where you pull the material from the back loop it over the top and pull it through from the back again)
8. Pin one of the three ribbons diagonally across the pillow. Using a running stitch stitch down the middle of the ribbon. Place the another ribbon across in the other direction forming an X and stitch again using the running stitch.
9. On top of the X place the last ribbon horizontally so the middle of the ribbon meets where the X is formed. Stitch just the middle of the ribbons, with a couple running stitches and knotting.
10. Using the two loose ends of the horizontal ribbon place a ring on each end and knot together.
All materials can be found at Hobby Lobby, JoAnne Fabrics, The Creative Needle, or even Wal-Mart. I had these materials on hand, but generally it would cost around $7.00 or $8.00 for all of these materials. If you have a sewing machine, set the machine to the running stitch setting to create the running stitch (this will be the straight dotted line). You may also stitch closed the pillow on the sewing machine, but the whip-stitch is not included on most Singer machines. Use the setting that is a straight diagonal line that doesn’t end if you want to use your sewing machine to stitch the pillow shut.
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