Monday, July 11, 2011

DIY Ring Pillow and Wedding Garter

If you have been reading my blog for some time now, you will have realized (and hopefully accepted) that I would really rather just do things myself than leave in it the hands of an “unknown”. I searched high and low through out the spring months for a garter that I liked and the same goes with the ring pillow; the fact is Michael’s and AC Moore just weren’t doing it for me. What surprised me the most was that these craft stores were really my only options that I could find that even sold such wedding accessories; the bridal shop where I bought my dress had nothing! So I scratched my head and said…”fine, I’ll do that too!”

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So I started with the Ring Bearer pillow! Originally I was going to work the sand dollars in there somehow, but that didn’t workout very well. In the end I went with simple.

The picture reel is pretty straight forward after all you are really only sewing a square!

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Visualize and then try to find something in your house that is approximately the size of the pillow that you think you would like (test your ring on the object). Then when measuring the material give the measurements an extra 1/2” length and width for seam allowance.IMG_8860

Pin your two pieces of material with the good sides facing together. Also you will notice at the top of the picture there is a pin going horizontal against what all of the other pins are doing! This is a reminder NOT to sew over this part of the pillow. You need this little space open so you can fold the good sides of the pillow out!

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Now as you can see in the little blue window of the sewing machine that I went and set the stich to the Zig Zag fancy stich! This is not necessary for the pillow, but I thought would add a nice detail!

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Once the pillow was full assembled I went on and tried out the Boss’s ring and my engagement ring!

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Sweet! It worked! So now it’s time to move on to the Garter!

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I had to do some “altering” of my wedding dress, and in the deconstruction mode of the strap I ended up with an extra flower (as seen above) and I thought that there was no better place to use that extra detail than on my garter! So I found myself back at Michael’s again, only this time I was not looking in the garter section, I was looking at the ribbon! How hard could sewing my own garter be after all? So I picked out the deepest purple I could find in a 2” wide satin ribbon and then I wanted something fun for the accent white part. I considered several ribbons at first. There were zebra stripes, soccer balls, ice cream cones, but none of these held up next to the extra flower I had stashed in my purse! Finally my eyes fell upon the polka dots! This ribbon wasn’t in the fancy satin section so I didn’t see it at first, but when I did… it was love at first sight!!  :)  (too dramatic? sorry)

Back to the sewing machine I went!

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The Boss kinda snuck up on me with this picture! As this was before Boise 70.3 you can see I’m sporting my compression socks!

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Pin your ribbons together…

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Be sure that the elastic is going to fit hassle free in the ribbon tube…

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And sew! Since this ribbon was satin it was extremely slippery and after so many inches you had to be super careful to check and see that you were actually still sewing all of the pieces together! If this is your very first sewing project then I would suggest picking a ribbon with more of a ribbing to it! Otherwise you might become so frustrated that you will not finish the project! And believe me, it was very worth it!

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The above picture doesn’t show it (doh!) but you should pin the ribbon to the end of the garter, and then use a pencil or something similar to help pull the ribbon through to the other end! Remember the elastic should have been cut to the measurement of your middle thigh area with a little more for seam allowance! It doesn’t matter how much ribbon you used just as long as it is longer than your elastic so it can be scrunched! This length may honestly be determined by your patience! I made mine about two and a half times the length of the garter!

IMG_8909IMG_8917   Using the sewing machine I tried to sew the ends folded over and as neatly as possible! Then with the two ends closed off, I used a bind stich and dark purple thread to sew them together between the seam!

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In the end I actually made two garters because my mom told be that the bride doesn’t usually end up getting the garter back! This I did not know, but I did know that one day I would have really wished that I had that flower back!

So that’s all from the sewing machine! Hope you enjoyed my project and maybe you were inspired to make something of your own!

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