Easy DIY Ring Bearer Pillow Instructions
Pillows are one of the easiest things to sew and making your own ring bearer pillows is a simple way to save money.
Our nautical wedding colors are navy blue and clover green; by accident I started using the chevron pattern too in our wedding decor. Since they are popular right now, there are lots of cute chevron & nautical items! We are getting married in an old grain mill turned museum, so there are burlap sacks in some of the museum sections along the wall. We wanted to tie the burlap by adding small pieces of it in with our simple white, blue, and green decorations.
The first thing was to find the burlap, which actually took some digging. We bought these adorable chevron patterns at Hancock Fabrics in Tacoma, WA. Let me know if you can’t find it because I don’t see any for sale on Amazon or Etsy.
I wanted blue on one side and green on the other, but it is up to you. Also, I used burlap, but you can use any fabric that fits your theme, style, and colors. Burlap is a fabric that naturally wants to pull apart, so make sure you sew it with a strong stitch or line the inside, such as Muslin or Fusible Webbing.
Sewing Machine. I use the SINGER 2259 Free-Arm 19-Stitch Sewing Machine
Pillow stuffing. Try a 16 oz bag: Fairfield Poly-Fil Polyester Fiber
1) Cut two identical pieces of fabric using something square as a stencil. I used the top of a craft box lid, which measured 9″x9″.
2) Then, place the two pieces of burlap back-to-back and sew 3 3/4 sides. This will leave you with a small opening for the jute and stuffing.
Turn the pillow right-side-out so it looks like a regular pillow again.
On the beginning of each side sew forward an inch, then reverse stitch to the edge, and sew forward again. This will strengthen the stitches at each corner.
If you have a large dog, they may want to help you sew!
3) Cut any length of jute you want, but make sure it’s long enough to tie several knots and tie a bow. Fold the jute in half and tie a knot in the middle. Wiggle the burlap fibers apart to create a small hole in the middle of the top layer of burlap. Stuff the knot through the hole. Pull the knot of jute close to the opening of your fabric and tie a couple more knots so it won’t slip back through the little hole you created.
4) Tie a few knots in the jute that is sticking through the top side of the burlap, where the rings will be. This will secure the jute from falling through the hole the other way.
5) Stuff the pillow with polyester fill (or whatever you have on hand). I ripped an old pillow open and stole stuffing from it. Pull the stuffing into the corners of the fill so it is even and full.
6) Sew the opening on the pillow with a basic thread and needle stitch.
Burlap likes to naturally pull apart, so make sure it is tightly sewn and handle it with care. It will only be used for one day, so this is an okay fabric to use for the pillow.