Hello everyone and welcome to my first post! I thought I would start off by sharing a project I’ve already completed before I crack on with some new ones on the blog.
If you’ve read my About page you will know that I am getting married in February – not long to go now, I’m so excited!
I have a few small DIY ideas that I’m going to do in the run up to the big day but creating a ring cushion was the first one on my list. I’ve been reading some excellent and really inspirational wedding blogs in the run up to mine and Wayne’s wedding and I was really keen to add a few personal, handmade touches to our day.
With our love of birds, I knew they had to be incorporated somewhere, and I thought the ring cushion was a really good place to start.
I got some inspiration by looking at regular cushions to get some ideas.
I loved the idea of two birds with their beaks together underneath a heart, which is where the rings would be tied with a pretty white ribbon. So off I went…
What I used:
Natural colour fake suede cushion cover
Cardboard (to make the bird shape templates)
Blue and white stripy material
Crochet hook (size to match the wool)
Blue and white embroidery thread
I won’t go into a lot of details (as I made this before I decided to create a blog so I didn’t take that many photos!) but here goes!
- I started off by cutting the cushion cover to size then turned it inside out and stitched the right side up.
- I then found a picture of a bird shape I liked on the internet, cut it out and traced it onto cardboard. I used this as a template to cut out two bird shapes from the blue cloth.
- I positioned the fabric birds onto the cushion and stitched them in place with the blue embroidery thread.
- The blue and white stripy heart was next, made by folding a piece of fabric in half then cutting a half heart shape to make sure it was identical on both sides. I then stitched this in place using white embroidery thread.
- For a bit of extra impact (and to give me something to stitch the ribbon to!) I made a small grey crochet heart. I used this really easy to follow pattern here: Small heart crochet pattern
- Before stitching the crochet heart onto the cushion, I folded the white ribbon in two and pushed the middle section through the centre hole of the heart. I then stitched this on the under side to make sure it was secure, before stitching the heart on top of the blue and white one.
- Almost done! The cushion was then turned inside out and the final edge was stitched apart from a gap of about two inches which was left for stuffing.
- I then turned the cushion back the right way round and stuffed it full, before sewing up the gap that was left.
And there you go, the finished ring cushion!
I hope you have enjoyed reading this. Please let me know what you think!