- Sea Glass
- 8 years ago
- Wedding: July 2010
I really wanted a ringbearer pillow that correlated with the theme of our wedding and wasn’t just another standard item purchased from the millions of wedding catalogs or stores out there.
My wonderful sister CONVINCED me that we could hand-sew (no sewing machine in DC for me…) a pillow of my dreams in one day.
The resulting trip to Joanne’s was tons of fun, but a little more costly than I would have liked since I didn’t have ANY sewing supplies to my name and had to buy some basic supplies.
-white organza ribbon
-silver satin fabric
-embroidery string (3 colors because I’m indecisive)
-silver thread (really strong kind!)
First, I began embroidering our initials on the fabric I intended to use as the “handle” for my 4 year old cousin that will be the ringbearer.
So I used white eyeliner to draw out what I wanted to embroider, not realizing that it would not be easy to rub off..
When I wanted to rub it off, I used a makeup wipe. This seemed very smart. Until my cosmetologist sister reminded me that not all makeup removal liquid is oil free….
Yep, it left a huge mark where I tried to rub it off. Trying not to panic, I did the next best thing and rubbed down the entire “handle” so that it was entirely covered, and not just partly.
Then I ran a stitch around the two pieces of satin, then turned the thing inside out.
In the meantime, my sister was sewing the edge of the pillow, leaving one side open:
Once we had the “handle” strap completed, we sewed it on to the pillow. Then we stuffed the pillow with batting and stuck a little note that my fiance and I wrote to each other inside.
After stuffing the pillow, we secured the store-bought flower (from H&M) to the top with a safety pin and hotglue. Same with the organza ribbon that holds the rings.
And the back…
So it’s a great pillow and I absolutely LOVE it…but. It was perhaps not worth the time spent, which in the end was about 24 man hours (me and my sister hand-sewing [for the first time], hot gluing, embroidering [for the first time] ALL DAY!).
Just a fair warning!