The ring pillow from a wedding can become a treasured keepsake of a very special day and a family heirloom as well. Use high-quality materials for the pillow and be creative. Experiment with different patterns, materials and textures before you decide on a final design.
Things You'll Need
- Embroidery Needles
- Embroidery Patterns
- Lace Trims
- Dressmaker Pins
- Dressmaker Shears
- Embroidery Floss
- Embroidery Hoops
- Fabric-marking Pens
- Pillow Fabrics
- Polyester Batting
- Scrap Fabrics
- Sewing Machine
- Sewing Machine Needles
- Sewing Needles
- Jewelry Charms
- Bridal Magazines
- Bridal magazines
- 1/2-inch and 1/4-inch silk ribbon
- 1/2-inch and 1/4-inch satin ribbon
Choose two pieces of fabric that each measure between 8 and 10 inches square. Use white or off-white satin, silk or brocade. If possible, use the same fabric and lace that is used for the wedding dress.
Choose lace and ribbon to decorate the pillow if desired. The amounts required will depend on how the materials are used. About 2 to 3 yards each of ribbon and lace will be adequate for most projects.
Use two or three pieces of polyester batting as stuffing for the pillow. Each piece should be equal to the dimensions of the fabric squares in step 1.
Use a fabric cutting board, ruler and fabric marking pen to mark and measure out two equal squares of fabric. Make all markings on the wrong side of the fabric. Test the pen on a scrap of the pillow fabric to make sure that the marks will fade.
Do any embroidery or needlework before continuing to the next step. Add any other decoration to the face of the fabric as well. Embellishments such as small ribbons, charms and delicate lace can be tacked or sewn on to the fabric by hand.
Add a lace ruffle to the pillow by pinning the straight edge of the ruffle to the right side of the fabric square that will form the pillow top. Pin so that the edges line up evenly and the right sides (if there is a right side to the ruffle) are together.
Pin the ruffle very loosely onto the fabric or gather the ruffle slightly as you pin in order to create a fuller ruffle.
Pin the fabric pieces with the right sides together. Edges should match up evenly. Pins should be placed about 1/2 inch apart and should be at right angles to the fabric edges. Make sure that the pinned edge of the ruffle is caught securely between the two fabric layers.
Use a sewing machine to stitch three sides of the pillow, 1/2 inch from the fabric edges. Turn the pillow right side out and stuff the batting layers inside. If you would like a fuller pillow, insert additional batting.
Fold the edges of the unsewn seam into the pillow 1/2 inch, and stitch closed by hand. Use a slipstitch done by hand or carefully topstitch the edges with your machine.
Add a 10- or 12-inch length of 1/4-inch satin or silk ribbon to the top of the pillow. Stitch the ribbon by hand to the pillow at the ribbon's center point. Add a silk or satin bow made from the same ribbon to cover the stitching. Use the two ribbon strands to loosely tie the wedding rings to the pillows.
Tips & Warnings
- Make the pillow heart-shaped, round or any other shape you like.
- Finish raw edges before any needlework or embroidery is done. See "Keep Raw Fabric Edges from Fraying," under Related eHows.
- Choose 3-inch- or 4-inch-wide lace trim that is finished on one or both edges.
- Work a slipstitch from right to left. Thread your needle, knot the thread end and bring the needle up through one folded edge of fabric. Insert the needle through the opposite fold. Move the needle 1/4 inch to the left, still inside the fold, and then bring the needle out again. Continue to bring the needle through the folded edges in this manner until the entire gap is closed.
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