I wanted to make a wedding ring pillow for my son’s wedding but I couldn’t make my mind up on which embroidery to use, so I’ve made two and I’ll let Katy make the decision. I was playing with Matilda, my embroidery machine, and came across two embroidery designs that I liked – one of two hearts entwined and another with two wedding bells beneath two doves pulling the ends of the ribbons. The bells had been my first choice but then I wondered if that design was too complex and perhaps the hearts would make a better wedding ring cushion. Oh if only I could make my mind up to more decisive!
Making wedding ring pillows
I began with two 7″ squares in each colour – one for the front and one for the back in each colour. I’ve used silk for both of them, but you could use any fabric that fitted with the colour scheme for the wedding. I backed one square in each colour with an interfacing so that the embroidery would lie flat. Rather than tearing away the excess interfacing after I’d completed the embroidery, I left the entire square in place to give some body to the front of the wedding ring cushion.
Make a pouch
When I was happy with the embroidery I placed the two squares with right sides together and sewed around three sides to form a pouch. I should really have used a ball point needle because I’m using silk, but I forgot and luckily I didn’t end up with holes everywhere.
Fill the wedding ring cushions
For the filling I just used the same stuffing that I use for toys, but you could use wadding or fabric cut into small pieces if you prefer. Try to put enough stuffing to make the wedding ring pillow full without making it feel too rigid.
Turn under a small seam across the fourth edge of the square and hand sew across the seam to close the gap. I had hoped to run a line of embroidery round the edge of the wedding ring cushion but I ended up with the edges looking uneven, so I think that it would only work with hand embroidery where you can adjust the fabric as you sew.
Add ribbon to hold the rings
Now for the important part – attaching the wedding rings. I cut a 12″ length of ribbon and sewed it to a point of the cushion about half way across and in the middle of the space between the embroidery and the top of the wedding ring pillow.
You can then thread one ring to each side of ribbon and tie a bow to hold them in place until they are needed. My middle son is best man for the wedding, so I hope this should enable him to keep the rings safe! Perhaps it had better be a double bow.
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