Always looking for ways to make your special more personal? How about making you weddinng ring
pillow from vintage lace. I made one as a gift recently for my cousin’s wedding using some leftover lace fom their mother’s own wedding dress. It took me less than a day but a sewing beginner could do it over a weekend.
I photographed each stage of the process which I can also explain.
Lace fabric (optional)
Contrast fabric (for ribbon)
Skinny ribbon (for tying the rings to the cushion)
Closed end zip
First you need a pillow that you will be covering. Most ring pillows are square but whichever suits your style. These can be found in most homewares/haberdashery stores. You could also use the inside of an old pillow. Measure the length and width of the pillow you will be covering from edge to edge. The length of the zip should be close to the width of the cushion so you can fit it inside when you are finished.
Add a seam allowance of 2cm to each of the four sides. (For example: if the width is 20cm, add 2cm each side which adds to 24cm).
Cut 2 pieces in your measurements, one for the front and one for the back. If you are using lace, cut another 2 pieces in the same measurements.
Now to measure for the twisted fabric design. Measure your pieces diagonally from corner to corner. This will be your length. The width is up to you but I used 8cm plus seam allowance. Cut 4 pieces (2 each; a front and a back).
I used an overlocker (serger) to edge each piece to prevent fraying but if you are not lucky to have one, the zig zag setting on your machine is just as good. If you have a lace, you can zig zag the 2 pieces together. In total, you should now have 4 sections; the front, the back and the two ribbon sections.
The Ribbon Section
Place one ribbon diagonally across the front section, corner to corner. Place the second ribbon the opposite way. The 2 ribbons should form a cross. Now, swap 2 ends on the same end. You should now have a twist in the middle. Sew each corner in place and trim the excess.
Lay the zip facing down along the end where you want the opening and stitch along the zip on the side nearest to the edge.
Lay the back panel on top (front facing sides together) and sew the edge to the other side of the zip. You will be able to see the zip. Fold the back panel enough to cover the zip, pin it and iron down in place. Top stitch alongside the zip. The zip should be now concealed when closed.
Fold over the cover right sides together and stitch around the rest of the sides together and trim the excess at the corners. Turn out the pillow cover and push out each corner from the inside with closed scissors.
Sew the required length of ribbon for the rings to tie to at the centre point under the twist.
And finally, you can put in the cushion stuffing and close. Et voila! You have a personalised wedding ring pillow.
You Are Done!
Perfect for your own wedding or as a gift.
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