DIY Ring Bearer Pillow Tutorial

While trolling Etsy looking for a ring bearer pillow, I realized all the pillows I liked had one thing in common: they had a big flower as the main focus of the pillow. Observe:

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Y and E Bridal on Etsy

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Creations4Brides on Etsy

I loved the look of these pillows, but I wasn’t a fan of the ~$40 price tag. My crafty bridesmaid LC assured me that we could DIY this in no time. And DIY it we did, for under $15!

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My DIY ring bearer pillow! (Personal photo)

Here’s how we did it:

Materials needed:

  • half yard of matte ivory satin fabric
  • 2 feet of 1 1/2 ”“ 2? wide colored ribbon
  • large open silk rose/peony
  • pretty rhinestone charm
  • 2 feet of thin ivory ribbon or cord
  • quilt batting/polyester fiberfill

TO MAKE THE PILLOW:

Step 1: Measure and cut fabric into two squares of equal size. If you want your final pillow to measure 8 x 8, cut out two 10 x 10 inch squares (this leaves a 1”³ allowance for you to sew around).

Step 2: Pin your two fabric squares together, making sure that the “good” sides of the fabric (what you want the exterior to be) face each other.

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You can see how it is pinned here. Bridesmaid LC is doing the sewing.

Step 3: Use a sewing machine to sew the two squares together (or if you’re me, enlist the help of your crafty BM to do this for you), about 1”³ in from edge of fabric. Important: make sure to leave 2 inch gap along side unsewn so you can stuff the pillow with batting. We aligned the gap with where the ribbon would go, so that my hand-stitching would be covered up by the ribbon.

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BM LC on her mom’s sewing machine. I couldn’t have done it without her.

Step 4: While the pillow is still inside out, cut the corners off (make sure you don’t cut into the seam though!). Then iron the seams flat. I hope this makes sense, I’m not too good on my sewing terminology. Maybe a picture would help:

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Step 5: Turn the pillow inside-out through the gap you left open. Iron it flat.

Step 6: Fill pillow with batting. It helps to break off small chunks of the batting, fluff them with your fingers and then stuff them into the pillow through the 2 inch gap.

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Step 7: Once you’ve stuffed the pillow to desired fullness, stitch the gap shut using a hidden stitch, which you can learn how to do here.

Yay, your pillow is complete! Now to make the embellishment:

FLOWER EMBELLISHMENT

Step 1: Starting with your store bought silk flower (I got mine at Michaels ”“ it’s a cream peony), cut the flower off the stem and use wire cutters to cut the green plastic parts away from the silk flower.

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Step 2: sew charm into center of the flower. I used a pretty silver and rhinestone button and so it had a loop on the back, making it easy to sew onto the flower. I also made sure to sew through the layers of silk petals to ensure that they stayed together (now that the plastic piece that was holding them together is gone).

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Step 3: Take the ribbon you intend to use around the pillow (the wide, colored ribbon) and loop it around the pillow to see how much you need. Cut it so it’s about 1 inch longer. Find the middle point of the ribbon, and sew your silk flower onto the ribbon.

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My very unprofessional looking stitching.

Step 4: Sew flower and ribbon onto center of pillow. After I was done attaching the flower to the ribbon, I sewed them into the center of the pillow. You won’t be able to see the stitching because it’s directly underneath the flower and ribbon.

Step 5: Make the ends of the ribbon so it meets in the back of the pillow, and stitch together.

Step 6: Attach thin ivory ribbon to center of flower. Since I used a button with a loop on the back, I simply passed the ribbon through the loop. Et voila! You have a completed ring bearer pillow!

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COST BREAKDOWN:

  • Fabric ”“ $2.50 (on sale at Jo-Ann’s)
  • Taupe Ribbon ”“ $3.99
  • Rhinestone button (2 pack) ”“ $2.99
  • Ivory ribbon ”“ $0.33
  • Silk flower ”“ $4.99
  • Batting ”“ already had it

Total = $14.80. It’s totally worth the hassle, in my opinion! But if you don’t have a sewing machine or don’t feel like DIYing it, there’s always Etsy”¦

BLOGGER

Mrs. Jellyfish

Location:
Pleasanton, CA
Wedding Date:
September 2010
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    ErinMarieMack 728 posts, Busy bee @ 3:04 pm

    Looks gorgeous!

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    bmore 360 posts, Helper bee @ 3:09 pm

    That’s super cute. It looks just as good as the ones on etsy.

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    hamster 4047 posts, Honey bee @ 3:21 pm

    Turned out great, and love the price tag!

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    Frugal Bride 244 posts, Helper bee @ 3:29 pm

    Great job! It looks amazing; without reading the description below I honestly thought that it was another inspiration picture! Love it!

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    misspug 3668 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:41 pm

    very nicely done! and so nice that you could do this project with your friend!

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    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 4:12 pm

    Wow! I love it – you did such a great job!!!

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    alivoo01 2625 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:28 pm

    Beautifully done and simple DIY!

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:56 pm

    bravo! you guys did a fabulous job!

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    nachos 1721 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:28 pm

    Lovely! And yay for saving so much money!

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:05 pm

    This turned out very pretty! P.S. I have a bridesmaid LC too. :)

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    MOHmama 404 posts, Helper bee @ 6:26 pm

    I love this! We were going to make our own for our wedding, but ran out of time, but now I see your tutorial, it’s so simple.

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    Moody 113 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:53 pm

    As I was scrolling down your entry, I kept thinking “hmm that looks like my flower belt flower I made…” then I saw the cream peony from Michael’s!! I LOVE how the flower looks, your pillow is super cute.

    here are the flower belts I made:
    http://evilrachie.evilboy.org/Wday/flowerbelts1.jpg

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    labrador 1823 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:07 pm

    Beautiful! I was scrolling through the photos at the top and totally thought your finished pillow was an inspiration! It looks so professional!

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    krissybee 3921 posts, Honey bee @ 8:09 pm

    wow, turned out really pretty! great tutorial!

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    aunt pol 1519 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:15 pm

    That looks gorgeous, well done you! I’m getting one of the little personalised porcelain ring plates off Etsy, I think… Will have to see how the budget holds up!

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    RecessionistaBride 5018 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:54 pm

    You did a great job! I LOVE big flower pillows… but we’re using a ring bowl instead because it’s too “girly” for my RB! lol he’s 5 & he has the biggest attitude sometimes. He still constantly reminds me I can’t keep his baby sister… I got it kid!!

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    EAQ219 1458 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:33 pm

    You’ve inspired me to do this! Getting the supplies tomorrow. Yours looks awesome :)

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 8:52 pm

    Love the big flower!

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    Barbara, Guest @ 11:05 pm

    Did you get the rhinestone buttons at Michaels as well?? I would love to use those for my hair flowers.

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    elliemae 487 posts, Helper bee @ 8:57 am

    I love this! I’ve been wanting to do this since i saw them on Etsy! Im so going to :)

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    Monica, Guest @ 5:45 pm

    Thanks for the detailed instructions and pictures that went along with it. Great job!

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    alagal06, Guest @ 11:57 pm

    I love this project. I forgot how much I love to sew. I used a eggplant satin with a white satnin ribbon and bow. Loved it!

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    Coral, Guest @ 9:24 pm

    I am so inspired by this, thank you!! I see cute ones on Etsy but I just can’t shell out the $$ for something so small. I don’t DIY much but I think I can handle this. Thanks again for the step-by-step, it’s really helpful.

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    Kandy Jones, Guest @ 3:16 pm

    You are the best, I just finished my pillow and saved ove $20 :) . It looks fantastic thanks to your tutorial!

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