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Felt ring cushion

Ring cushions are a traditional addition to any wedding, after all if you’re trusting a small child to carry your wedding bands down the aisle you want some way to secure them! This is a super easy DIY touch to add something sweet and a little bit funky to your wedding. It took me about half an hour to make this one.

You will need

You will need:

  • A good pair of fabric scissors
  • Felt in the colours of your choice
  • A craft knife
  • Fabric glue
  • Embroidery thread
  • A large sewing needle
  • Ribbon in the colour of your choice
  • Stufffing

Start by cutting out two love heart shapes in the colour of your choice. These will be the smaller love hearts so keep that in mind when you are deciding how big you want them. Once you’re happy with the size and shape make two small marks on the back of each one that is about the thickness of your ribbon. Carefully cut the slots with your craft knife.

Thread your ribbon through the slots you have cut and make sure that both lengths are even. If there are messy edges or felt fluff on the front of the slots you can carefully poke it through to the back with the tip of your craft knife. Trim the ends of the ribbon; with a polyester ribbon you can use a heat source (such as a lighter) to melt the ends and prevent fraying.

Apply a few dabs of fabric glue to the back of the hearts. This is mainly to hold them in place while you are sewing so you don’t need much. Be sure to avoid the ribbon slots so that no glue seeps through to the ‘good’ side. Glue them on to a piece of felt that is larger than the heart and trim this piece to create the outer heart.

Another few dabs of glue will secure the hearts to the top piece of your cushion. Trim this piece to your desired size keeping in mind that you don’t want the hearts to be too close to the edges or they will distort when you stuff your cushion. With the embroidery thread use a simple or basting stitch to sew around the edge of the inner heart making sure not to accidentally catch the ribbon in your stitches.

Use a simple or basting stitch to sew three edges of the front piece to the back piece with embroidery thread in a complimentary or contrasting colour- after all this is one of the cute features! Remember to keep a minimum 1cm boarder around the outside of your fabric. When you begin, start your first stitch from between the layers of felt, this makes it easy to hide the knot when you tie off at the end. Make sure you have enough thread to make it all the way around in one go.

Insert the stuffing carefully so that you don’t open up all your stitching. Once you are happy with the size of the cushion check your stitching to ensure that it is still tight.

Sew the remaining side. Take your last stitch back between the layers so that you can tie off neatly and hide the knot. Trim off remaining threads. You can play with the shape of your cushion by squeezing the sides and pushing on the middle until it is sitting how you want it. Now all you have to do it tie those rings on with a nice neat bow!

Photography by Nat of Dear Little House

Ms Gingham says: What a sweet project. A beautiful way to add a DIY touch into your wedding. We’re looking forward to more projects by Nat on Polka Dot Made so stay tuned!

About Nat: Nat is a true collector. It is a habit, a joy and a necessity, and- perhaps most importantly- a magnificent pass time. Over the years she has developed her eclectic, quirky style and honed her shopping (scavenging, rescuing, re-inventing) down to a fine art. The world of vintage treasures and forgotten, abused pieces of history provides enough intrigue and mystery to keep her travelling on this never-ending search for little pieces of lovely.

 

Happy new year! I’m kicking things off with something for those of who are planning to have a photo booth at your wedding.

Simply download the sign artwork, take it to your local copy shop and have them print it out (it’s A3 size but you can ask them to shrink or blow up to suit your needs). Trim the white edges and pop into a frame or attach to cardboard (trick: cut out a wedge-shaped piece of cardboard and tape to the back as a stand).

The Polka Dot team and I have been busy cooking up loads of fab tutorials for you crafty brides this year, so be sure to check back here at Polka Dot Made regularly!

Photo by Luke Simon Photography. Artwork for personal use only, please.

Ms Gingham says: Thursdays are your DIY days so be sure to meet us here every week for a new project to keep your craft cravings satisfied!

I am Alicia Parsons, the Atypical Type A. I live in Adelaide, South Australia in a modest townhouse with my new hubby Ryan (aka The Man). I am the owner and graphic designer behind Akimbo, which specialises in quirky invitations, announcements and greetings.

Get more fantastic DIY inspiration from Alicia here.

Tissue paper pom poms (originally designed by who else but Martha Stewart) have to be the easiest, cheapest and most effective decoration for a party, wedding or bridal shower and I thought, after seeing them used so often that I would try my hand at making them myself and devise a tutorial for you, based on the Polka Dot Principle of keeping it easy but fun!

What you’ll need:

  • Tissue Paper – I used one pack per pom pom (each pack contained five sheets at 500x750mm)
  • 18 inch lengths of floral wire (or if you’re cheating and time poor, a stapler will do!)
  • String to hang

 

Step One:

Martha’s tutorial recommends eight sheets of tissue paper for this, but I could only find tissue paper in packs of five sheets (maybe it’s an Australian thing?) so instead, I opened out the sheets and cut them in half and then stacked them. I love the extra fluff of a ten sheet pom pom, and I found this size really good to work with. They ended up making pom poms about the size of a dinner plate.

Step Two:

Accordian fold the tissue paper (I did this on the shorter side of my paper knowing that I didn’t want huge pom poms). Each fold should be around one and a half inches and it helps if you get your folds really tight and nicely creased.

Keep folding until it looks like this. One fold width.

Step Three:

Bring your floral wire around the centre of your paper and twist off. If you’re lazy or run out of wire, I found stapling the centre worked really well. If you’re using long lengths of string you can still easily tie around the middle. (Plus I managed to avoid poking my eye out this way too!)

Step Four:

Cut the ends of your strip into a rounded or triangle shape. It’s recommended to do sharp points for a dahlia ball, but I loved the softness of rounded edges. Accuracy doesn’t matter a great deal here (because cutting that many pieces of tissue perfectly is really hard!)

Step Five:

Start to separate out your folds by pulling gently so it opens out like a butterfly. Do one side at a time and be as careful as possible.

Step Six:

Here’s where it gets tricky! Start separating each piece of tissue. Pull the pieces towards you (as shown in the photo). When you’re feeling comfortable, it’s easier to hold the pompom with two fingers in the middle (pinching it) while you pull half the sheets out towards the top and half the sheets out towards the bottom. To get lots of fluff, make sure the centre of your sheets towards the wire is completely separated too.

Don’t worry too much about your shape, just keep carefully separating the layers.

Step Seven:

Voila! Behold your beautiful tissue paper pom pom! Now is the time to tie on your string and do the final fluffing to get your pom pom shape. The tissue paper is so easy to manipulate to get the shape and fluffiness that you desire. The more sheets you separate and arrange, the better, fluffier result you will have!

Photography by Polka Dot Bride