I was super duper flattered when a friend asked if I would make the ring bearer pillow for her upcoming wedding. Of course I said yes
even though I had no idea what a ring bearer pillow was supposed to look like.
Rather than follow a specific pattern or tutorial, I decided to wing it. I gave Martha Stewart's site a quick visit first for some ideas:
|Ring Bearer Pillow Inspiration|
Source: Martha Stewart
My mind also did a flashback to a lampshade that I saw once at Pier One Imports:
I really liked the casual look of the fabric flowers.
When choosing the fabric, I kept in mind that a little boy in a black tuxedo would be carrying the pillow down the aisle. So I didn't want it to be too girly. Also, it is a fall wedding and the bridesmaid dresses are charcoal grey.
So, I chose a black canvas twill for the pillow and a grey something-something fabric for the flower (oops forgot to look at what it was called).
Unfortunately I didn't take step-by-step pictures because:
a) I was winging it and wasn't sure if was going to work out (my fingers were crossed the whole time)
b) I left it to the last minute (of course) and didn't have time to take any (haha!)
If you're curious how I did it, I'll give you a brief run-down.
1) First, I free-handed a flower template on paper and used it as a guide to create the same shaped flower in several different sizes. I traced each flower onto the grey fabric and cut them out. I left the cut edges as-is so that they would fray a bit and give the pillow that casual look.
2) Next, I layered the fabric flowers on top of eachother on an 8x8 square of black fabric and sewed them on by hand (just a few stitches in the centre of the flower).
3) Once the flower was attached to the front square of fabric, I sewed the front and back squares of the pillow together (inside out) using a half-inch seam allowance with a small hole on one side.
4) I turned the pillow right-side-out, stuffed it with white filling, and then sewed the opening shut by hand with a blind-stitch.
5) Next, I pulled the centre of the pillow in (kinda like dimples) by using some doubled-up thread (to make it stronger) from the centre of the flower to the back of the pillow. By pulling the middle of the pillow inwards, it made the petals of the flower poof out a bit like I wanted.
6) Finally, I placed a piece of ribbon (long enough to make a bow with) over the centre of the flower and sewed a cute little button on top to hold it in place. I also sewed a matching button on the back of the pillow to cover the back "dimple".
I hope she likes it!