Happy DIY Wednesday Romancers! I am in a fog of lack of sleep after a bachelorette party weekend in AC and then a quick 2 day trip to Florida to visit Andy’s grandpa. So please excuse my grumpiness, typos, and other sleep-deprived nuances. Today we are sharing the last of our 1 Napkin, 3 Projects DIY tutorial series from Ribbons & Bluebirds. We already covered an adorable DIY Bouquet Wrap and a DIY Fabric Bowtie and for today we have a DIY Ring Bearer Pillow!
Our last project is the ring pillow – the final DIY project to tie together some wedding details. Check out the step-by-step tutorial.
How To Make a DIY Ring Bearer Pillow
What you’ll need:
- 1 fabric napkin, at least 16×16” square
- Iron & ironing board
- Hot glue gun (low heat if you’re like me and end up touching the glue a lot!)
- Hem tape
- Ribbon or twine for finishing
- Cotton batting for stuffing, like you would use for quilting or upholstery. (If you know you will never use cotton batting again, use jumbo cotton balls instead.)
The last of our napkin DIYs is just as simple as the first two – a ring pillow you can make in half an hour using your iron and hot glue gun! This is a low key project with lots of ways for you to personalize – add a buttons or appliques, extra ribbons or a band of lace, or just keep it plain and start with a great fabric for personality.
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS:
Step 1. Start with a corner of your napkin (you may want to refer to your cutting diagram if you’re making all 3 projects) and cut a square keeping the two hemmed edges.
Iron a ¼” fold from the raw edges onto the back of the napkin to create a flap to cover the hem tape. You may also want to clip the corner to help keep it neat and flat.
Step 2. Cut your hem tape to fit the length of each raw side, and set it under the ironed ¼” fold. Use your iron to set the hem tape – refer to the hem tape instructions for exactly how long you should keep your iron over the tape, but when you’re done it will be a secure bond and you will now have 4 finished edges of your square.
Step 3. Starting with the finished corner you just made with the hem tape as the “bottom,” fold the bottom and side flaps towards the middle like you’re making an envelope. The bottom flap edges want to be slightly overlapped by the two side flaps, as this will help you glue.
Step 4. Starting in the corner with a little extra glue, apply a thin band of hot glue to the bottom flap’s edges one side at a time. Press the side flap over the glue band but be careful not to glue the whole thing to the back of the pouch – you want to make sure the middle stays open to receive stuffing. Repeat this with the other side.
Step 5. Cut a strip of batting that is just narrower than the pouch, and about 2 or 3x as long. Fold this over on itself a few times, and slide it into the pouch.
Step 6. Fold the top flap down, and secure with hot glue if you would like.
Finish the pillow with ribbons or twine to hold the rings, and you’re all set!
What do you think!?
We can’t thank Ribbons & Bluebirds enough for sharing this awesome DIY wedding tutorial series! Let us know if you use them and make your own DIY bowtie, DIY ring bearer pillow or DIY bouquet wrap for your wedding!