DIY Ring Bearer Pillow

Friday, September 14, 2012


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!

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  1. I am sure she will love it!! Not bad for "winging it!"

  2. wow this is so cool! i can't believe you made this on your first try!

  3. It is so pretty and sounds like it will go perfectly with the wedding. If she doesn't like it you can send it my way. It would fit in with the pillows on my bed!

  4. Cute! How long did it take to do this?

    1. Hmmmm, a couple of hours. But I'm a slow worker and had to stop a lot to entertain Cooper!

  5. ooooooo that would make a great couch pillow!!!!! Larger of course, since we seem to have big heads! :) Please post some pictures of that adorable Cooper soon okay? He is too cute for words!

    1. You got it. Just posted some pics of him today. :)

  6. That's such a cute idea. What a great way to make a plain pillow into a pretty one, whether it's going to be used for ring-bearing or not!

  7. fun fun fun.

    i say this every year, but i VOW! next year i'll learn how to sew...

    1. That's funny 'cause I vow every year that I will learn how to knit.


      P.S. Just start with a square cushion. You can doooooo iiiiiiiiit!

  8. I love it, Sarah. The gray (tweed?) flower is awesome. Thanks for sharing over at my place. xo Jami

  9. I love those ring bearer pillows! They are so cute and original.


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