Don’t like any of the ringbearer pillow offers, but don’t want to dispense with the tradition? Create your own custom pillow in your wedding colors. The basic pillow is the most difficult part, and once you have that down, you can add whatever kind of embellishments you want! For the purpose of this tutorial, we’ll stick to ribbon and a button. That’s it!
- Sewing Kit
- Pillow Stuffing
- A Cute Button
Step 1: Cut the two halves of your preferred fabric. As always, try to get them as close to even as possible. If you are using a non-patterned fabric, or a fabric with a consistent pattern, you can cut one long length and fold it in half, thus eliminating an entire length of sewing!
Step 2: Lay the two halves of fabric on each other, with the patterned side facing out. This is how you will sew it. That way, when you turn it right-side-out, the seam will be on the inside, and the pattern out!
Step 3: Sew all the way around the edges of the fabric, keeping it as straight as possible. Use pins to secure the fabric at two inch intervals, that way it doesn’t slip while you’re sewing.
IMPORTANT: Leave a decent-sized hole (normally at least five inches, or enough to get your hand into). Don’t sew it all the way up or you won’t be able to finish!
Step 4: On the edge that you left your gap, turn the edges down and iron them. You should be able to see the pretty, patterned side of the fabric.
Step 5: Turn your pillow case right side out. Now, the two edges that you ironed down should be folded neatly on the inside. Now it’s time to stuff your pillow. Be careful to not overstuff, or it will be difficult to finish your pillow. Having a little bit less is almost always better, that way the rings won’t slip off the edge of the pillow.
Step 6: This next step is a technique called the blind stitch. Instead of sewing on the outside of your project, you will sew the two ironed-down inside edges together. You will have to do this one stitch at a time.
IMPORTANT: You should only sew on the inside edges. Be careful not to accidentally get the outside of the pillow in the stitch as well, or it will look sloppy. Keep the stitches as evenly across from each other as you can.
Step 7: Well, the hard part is over! Now it’s time for the fun part: embellishments. For this particular pillow, I simply sewed on two lengths of ribbon, securing them in the middle of the pillow with a button. There are a variety of ways you can improvise this last step – make it match the theme of your wedding!