The wedding ring is one of the most sacred and special of all wedding traditions. Make sure your rings get the reverence they deserve by knitting your own ring bearer's pillow. Although a straightforward and quick project, your pillow holds special meaning because it was made by you. Use yarn to coordinate with your wedding colours, or employ traditional white instead. Either way, your unique, handmade ring bearer's pillow is destined to become a family heirloom.
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Things you need
- Worsted weight yarn
- Size 8 knitting needles
- Measuring tape
- Yarn needle
- Pillow stuffing
- 2 feet of ribbon
- Crochet hook (optional)
Cast on 50 stitches and knit in stockinet stitch (knit on right side, purl on wrong side) until the piece measures 20 inches in length.
Bind off all stitches. This piece will form the pillowcase.
Fold your knitted pillowcase in half, with the wrong sides together. Thread approximately 3 feet of yarn through your yarn needle, and whipstitch the edges of the pillowcase together, leaving the last 3 inches unsewn.
Stuff pillow stuffing into the pillowcase through the 3-inch opening, until you achieve your desired thickness. Ring bearer pillows should be stuffed fairly full, since they must maintain their shape while being carried. A good test while stuffing the pillow is to hold the pillowcase by opposite edges and see if the pillow droops in the middle. If so, add more stuffing.
Stitch the 3-inch opening closed with yarn and your yarn needle, and weave in all loose yarn ends.
Insert one end of the ribbon into and back out of the top of the pillowcase in the centre, catching two to three knit stitches. You may find it easier to do this with a crochet hook than by hand. Pull the ends of the ribbon until they are of equal length. Tie a knot securely with the two ends of the ribbon, to secure the ribbon tightly against the pillowcase.
Thread your wedding rings onto one end of the ribbon, and tie a bow using both ends, so that the rings are secured within the knot of the bow.
Tips and warnings
- Look online to find pretty washcloth patterns for more intricate ideas for your pillow. Simply continue the pattern for the desired 20 inches, instead of stopping when the pattern states.
- For a more delicate, Victorian look, consider weaving ribbon through the knit stitches at the corners and tying bows at each corner of the pillow.
- To prevent the rings from falling, hold onto them when untying the bow during your wedding ceremony.
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