are timeless wedding accessories that have been around for centuries. Today it is common for brides to purchase their ring bearer pillow
in order to match the other wedding accessories such as the flower girl basket and guest book. But sometimes it's hard to find that special something that coordinates perfectly with your wedding. If you're a crafty and domestic bride who loves do-it-yourself projects, then you should enjoy making your very own ring bearer pillow.
Here's simple step-by-step instructions on how to make a ring pillow
1. Traditional square ring bearer pillows measure about 8 inches by 8 inches. So, you'll need two pieces of square fabric about 9 inches by 9 inches to 10 inches by 10 inches, depending on how much stuffing you're planning to use. But you'll need the extra fabric so you have room for the seam. A silk or satin fabric in white or ivory will probably be your best choice in order to match your wedding dress. But of course, you can choose whatever you like: perhaps a knitted ring pillow if you're having a winter wedding? How cozy!
2. You'll need decorations for spicing up the pillow and adding all the finishing touches. Ribbon, lace, faux flowers or buttons are all creative options. Use your imagination! If you're using ribbon or lace, be sure to purchase enough for the pillow. A few yards of ribbon will probably be the best bet, especially if you want to weave it through the edges.
3. Stuffing is a necessity, of course. Preferably polyester batting over loose stuffing, as it looks neater. If you decide to use the batting, you'll need about 2-4 pieces that are the same size as fabric squares (see step 1).
4. After cutting the two squares of fabric, pin the right sides together. The sides of the fabric you want to show should be facing each other (this is so you cannot see the seam on the finished product). Stitch three of the sides and remove the pins. Turn the pillow right side out. Be sure to push the corners out!
5. Insert the stuffing. Fold the remaining open fabric inside the pillow so it's even with the other sides and sew the last opening.
6. Add any accents: sew ribbon tails to the center, buttons to the corners and add any rhinestones or glitter. Shorter ribbons should sewn in the middle so you can attach the wedding bands or faux rings onto it.
Remember, you can also make ring pillows
in other shapes too, such as circles or hearts. Even if you don't know how to sew, you can purchase a simple and cheap ring pillow and add your own ribbon or other accessories. Another great idea is to stack smaller ring pillows and tie them together with a pretty ribbon. You can also use boxes, chests or even books as alternatives. Whatever you choose, all of these are great ideas for DIY ring pillows
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