How to Make a Something Old, Something New Ring Pillowcomments (3) May 7th, 2009
I have never understood tradition for the sake of tradition. When I got married three years ago, one of the few traditions (and I mean few; our reception was a late-night party in a friend's garage featuring a dj and karaoke) I incorporated was from the old Scottish adage: "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." I liked the idea of two people from different families and traditions coming together (something old) to create their own lives together (something new).
The something old, borrowed, and new parts are pretty self-explanatory, but in case you're wondering, the something blue part of the adage is supposed to symbolize the couple's fidelity. In the old days, the bride often wore a blue ribbon and later, after the Virgin Mary was shown wearing blue, the bride wore a blue dress. Today, the concept of fidelity isn't just the focus of the woman, so I like to think of it more as a commitment to each other as a couple.
This ring pillow is a handmade symbol of the something old, something new tradition. For something old, use a square of your grandmother's dress, an old hankie, or a hand-embroidered linen. For something new, maybe a cool Japanese print or a favorite textile designer's print. For something borrowed, well, this gets tricky: The concept of borrowing means you have to give it back! How about borrowing a vintage ribbon or button from a crafty friend or family member? You can use this ribbon to tie your rings together or the button as an accent on your pillow. And for something blue, well, I don't think that needs a lot of explanation!
What you'll need:
- Small scraps of fabric
- One 20-inch piece of ribbon
- A few buttons and embellishments (optional)
- Cutting mat
- Rotary cutter
- Quilting ruler
- Sewing machine and thread
- Cotton batting
- Needle and thread
1. For the front of the pillow, you will need four 4-inch x 4-inch squares. You can either just cut four pieces of fabric to the size or sew some pieces together to make 4-inch squares. Use your cutting mat, ruler, and rotary cutter to cut your fabric pieces.
If you choose to piece together fabric with a sewing machine, make sure to press your seams toward the darker-colored fabric with an iron.
2. Use your rotary cutter and ruler to trim fabric so that you have four 4-inch squares of fabric.
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