In this article, you will learn how to make a ring pillow for weddings. Instead of buying a ready-made pillow, why don’t you make a customized ring pillow for your big day?
Weddings have plenty of focal points like the wedding cake, the wedding dress, and the wedding gown. The smallest yet most popular focal points are the wedding rings. A ring pillow gives the rings a particular place during the ceremony and highlights their importance.
Types of Wedding Pillow Designs
Many people think that silk and satin are the only options when it comes to wedding ring pillows as these colors easily match the bride’s gown.
However, there are different types of designs for wedding ring pillows, and one of the most popular options include the following: oval, square, and heart-shaped pillows, silk or satin pillows, stacked pillows, wedding ring pillows with accents (pearls, crystals, ribbons, tassels, fur, etc.), hanging wedding ring pillows, pillows designed to be carried by pets, pillows that match the garter, wedding ring pillows where you can insert ring boxes, and more.
Which Design is the Best Option?
At the end of the day, the best wedding ring pillow depends on the preferences of the couple. But there are several factors you need to consider:
Tip #1: The color of the pillow should contrast the color of the rings.
For instance, platinum or white gold rings may be harder to find in a silver or white pillow.
Tip #2: Choose a smooth, blemish-free fabric
You need to make sure that you pick a type of fabric that’s smooth and blemish-free because small tears could get caught on the rings.
Tip #3: The pillow should be sturdy enough to hold the rings in place.
Some pillows come with inserts or ribbons to keep the rings from falling.
How to Make a Ring Pillow for Weddings
You can either sew a ring pillow or make one that doesn’t require any sewing. If you don’t like sewing or want to save time, you can do the latter. So, here’s how you can make one.
No-sew ring pillow
You will need two squares of heavy fabric with a measurement of 10 inches each. Pick a color that complements the theme of your wedding. You can an inch to the width and length if you prefer a larger pillow.
Step #1: Cut the corners and fold the edges
Cut the corners by 0.64 cm or 1/4″ to hide the edges and reduce the bulk of the fabric. Turn the fabric, and then fold the edges down by 0.64 cm or 1/4″ toward the wrong side. Repeat the process for the other piece of fabric.
Step #2: Use fabric glue or hot glue along the edges
Next, unfold the edges. Apply a thin line of fabric glue or hot glue along the edges, then press them back down. It’s also the best time to trim frayed bits of fabric that are sticking out.
Step #3: Glue the three hems together
Set the first piece of fabric down, then place the other piece on top. Glue three of the hems together with fabric glue or hot glue. Leave the fourth hem open and let the glue dry. Fill the pillow with polyester stuffing, mini pillow inserts, or foam.
Step #4: Glue the hem down
Lastly, glue the remaining hem down. If you’re using fabric glue, then you can secure the hems with a clothes peg to keep them in place. Remove the pins once the fabric glue dries.
If you’re using fabric glue, then you need to press and hold the edges until the glue dries. Once it dries, you can start decorating the pillow with ribbons or tassels. Another option is to embroider the pillow with your name and wedding date.
The detailed embroidery is perfect for fancier fabrics like velvet, silk, and satin. Simple embroidery will look great on rustic pillows like canvas and burlap.
Step #5: Sew a simple ring pillow
Pick a fabric that complements your wedding motif. It can be burlap, satin, or cotton. You can also use a printed fabric, but make sure that it complements your wedding theme.
Once you’ve chosen a piece of fabric, cut it into two 10″ squares. You can add half an inch to the width and length if you want a bigger pillow. Stack the two pieces of fabric together and secure the hems with sewing pins.
Sew three of the hems by hand or with a sewing machine. Don’t forget to leave a 1/4″ seam allowance. Use a matching thread color and straight stitch. You can also trim the edges to reduce the bulk of the fabric.
Once you have trimmed the edges, you can now turn the ring pillow right sides out and fill it with your preferred stuffing. You can fill it with polyester stuffing, foam, or a simple ring pillow.
Now, you only need to close the open hem. Fold the corners of the opening by 0.64 cm or 1/4” and secure them with pins. Close it using a ladder stitch.
The Bottom Line: How to Make a Ring Pillow for Weddings
Now that you know how to make a ring pillow for weddings, the only thing left to do is decorate it. There are various ways to do this. You can either tie ribbons around the pillow or embellish it with ribbon rosettes.