Wedding Ring Pillow

on February 26 | in Celebrations, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 46 Comments

This is our second True Love tutorial from Vanessa of V & Co. Find Vanessa’s introduction here. Using the same flower technique as in her Wedding Decoration Tutorial, you can make this elegant wedding ring pillow. You could also use a favorite cotton fabric to add a punch of color to your wedding, or this same pillow technique could give a nice update to your couch!


  • Two XL mens white t- shirts. (the less logo on it the better)
  • Two squares of white fabric with the measurements of 9 1/2 by 9 1/2 inches.
  • One spool of ribbon (that coordinates with your colors)
  • Fray check
  • Hot glue gun
  • Zipper foot attachment
    (These first few steps are the same as in the Wedding Decoration Tutorial.)

    First cut the bottom seam off your t- shirt.

    Now from the bottom up of your t-shirt, and using only the all white area, you are going to cut strips of 1 inch in width.

    Make sure you snip either end of your strips to create 2 strips each.

    Put your sewing machine to the “running stitch” or the “basting stitch.” On my sewing machine that is the longest stitch of 5.

    I then lightly held the thread on top as I ran my running stitch.

    This will make your ruffle gather as you go.

    Start by coiling your ruffle.

    Here are two options for the next step (they both work just fine): You can either adhere your ruffle flower by stitching it, or you can dab a bit of hot glue at the end of your ruffle coil.

    Making sure you have 1/2 inch allowance from the top and side, add hot glue to the back of your flower ruffle and place it on the pillow square. Now that you’ve got your first one in place keep going down the line.

    Make sure you leave 1/2 inch from the right side end as well and then start the next line directly under the first ruffle flower.

    Your finished top of ruffled flowers should look like this:

    See how when I bend the fabric there are gaps and you can see the bottom of the pillow?

    Well, next I dabbed a tiny bit of glue in between the flowers so they stuck together and when I stuff the pillow later there’s no chance of having gaps show through.

    Next we are going to get our ribbon and fray check ready:

    I made sure I could tie a nice bow in the front and that is how long I made my ribbon.

    Cut off excess and fray check your ends. Then, to make sure the ribbon didn’t move from where I wanted it to be… I placed a couple of dabs of hot glue ON WHAT WILL BE THE INSIDE of the pillow (so the back side of what is shown in the photo above).

    Now with right sides together (and making sure your ribbon is nicely tucked in) pin and get ready to sew your pillow together. I used a zipper foot (it got me the closest to the edge of my ruffled flowers) and sewed down three sides of the pillow.

    On the fourth side (preferably a side without the ribbon coming out of it) I left a large enough opening so I could turn my pillow inside out. Turn inside out, stuff and hand stitch closed.

    Now whether your are having an outside wedding or one indoors, your ring will travel up the aisle in simplistic elegance at a super cheap price!

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46 Responses to Wedding Ring Pillow

  1. Sarah says:

    this is awesome!

  2. Heather says:

    Love this. I totally want to make it. Anyone getting married? I need a bride for my future pillow!

  3. maggie says:

    what a brilliant idea loved it very much imagine how much that would cost in a store.

  4. martha says:

    Such a smart idea. To the lady that wanted to know what to do with the pillow after the wedding?, Well! I would certainly give it to the Bride and Groom to do with what ever they want to do with it. I hope to use this idea this summer at a friend’s wedding. Thanks

  5. Adorable ring pillow and so easy to make. I will forward this to a few of my brides looking to do something really personal for their wedding. Great idea!

  6. Pamela says:

    Even done in pastels for a new baby gift!

  7. Pamela says:

    This looks awesome, how about a red heart for Valentines Day! Also great idea for first anniversary gift. Can also be done with bridal colors, or for Christmas done in red & attach a green bow. The possibilities are endless.How many of us have old t-shirts lying around, kids old sports teams.The backs are usually plain too.Excellent way to recycle!

  8. Georgia N. says:

    This is MUCH prettier than most I’ve seen on the market!

  9. Carol says:

    By holding the top thread you saved so much time. What a smart girl you are.It looks beautiful.

  10. Desiree says:

    this is adorable.

  11. Faith says:

    What a great idea. I love this series of posts. I wish it had come our 12 months ago.

  12. Linda says:

    Beautiful, just beautiful. And so easy.

  13. Betty Bride says:

    Lovely idea, but you need to be quite crafty to make it.

  14. kelli says:

    Again–LOVE IT for my home instead of a wedding. With no weddings on the horizon in my family, this will become a gorgeous pillow on my bed and I’ve got just the shirts in my scraps pile to get started!!

  15. My sons are going to be the ring bearer in a wedding in August and I’m thinking of making this. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  16. heidi says:

    This is gorgeous, and I love how it is made from mens shirts! What a great wedding shower gift, I will remember this one for sure! Great technique for the ruffling, too.

  17. tscd says:

    I wonder how it’ll look with coloured teeshirts! I should try this one out and make a cushion for the couch

  18. duff says:

    adorable! And so is the pillow!

  19. Lynn Osborne says:

    This is absolutely darling! Love, love, love it!

  20. Christine says:

    How cute!

  21. Adorable Vanessa!!

  22. Shelly says:

    Very pretty! I wonder about putting the flowers on afterward, though – is there any particular reason not to (like hot glue leaking through the fabric)? It seems like it would be easier to make the pillow, then add the flowers…

  23. Melissa says:

    Very different!

  24. sharon says:

    Very pretty and coordinates with the other ideas this week! Thanks Sharon.

  25. Cristi says:

    Super cute!

  26. Debbie Bishop says:

    That is so pretty, and simple, just like the balls.

  27. Ramona says:

    So cute. It would be so cute in color too.

  28. DarcyLee says:

    I absolutely love this pillow! Very creative.

  29. lindsay says:

    I love making flowers, and have never thought about making them from t-shirts, I may have to try this one. I have made a few from old bridesmaid dresses (just don’t tell the brides) and that looks really neat too. I needed to find something to do with them, they were just taking up too much closet space.

  30. That’s very original and lovely at the same time. I am sure that will be the star of any wedding. 🙂

  31. Lynne in NC says:

    Gorgeous and great tutorial.

  32. alisha says:

    This is so beautiful. I’d love some for my couch!

  33. Marcia W. says:

    sweet pillow to make — looks so soft

  34. PY says:

    So pretty! Very creative !

  35. Maya says:

    What a jewel of a pillow! Would love to have one for myself! Would be a nice refreshment in my bedroom. Thank you for the great tutorial!

  36. Amber says:

    Gorgeous pillow – this would be fun for on your couch too!

  37. Jennifer S. says:

    I think I’ll have to make this pillow, take some picturesque snaps of my son holding it and advertise “ring bearer for hire” to my friends.

  38. Sara Hemmeke says:

    I see this in spring colors to update my sofa… thank you!!

  39. This site is a great find. So many great ideas for making wedding items which is really helping us to plan my son;s wedding coming up in the Fall. I love the idea of not only saving money but also making a special keepsake made especially by grandma. I wonder if anyone has ideas for what to do with the pillow after it’s used at the wedding?

  40. ~Helena~ says:

    That is just darling. I love the pillow.

  41. DebbieKL says:

    That’s great! My son will be a ringbearer this fall. Maybe I can make this for the bride!

  42. Elaine says:

    This would also make a great pillow for yourself-
    or as a gift!

    You are so clever!

    Thank you for the pretty idea and tutorial!

    🙂 Elaine

  43. Christy S. says:

    LOVE this!

  44. Anne Marie says:

    This is a wonderful ringbearer pillow!

  45. Genevieve says:

    looks scrumptios! So does that sweet little ring bearer! 🙂

  46. Tong says:

    Love it! So pretty!

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