What you will need
- 40cm silk dupion*
- 30 cm stiff tulle
- Polyester filling
- 50cm X 3mm satin ribbon
- Pinking shears
- Spray starch
- Sewing material**
How to create
- Make the pillow the same size as pillows above. Fill with polyester and slipstitch the opening closed before making the flower.
- To make the flower, spray silk fabric with spray starch and iron dry.
- Download the template and cut out the fabric as follows
- Piece A - cut a 15cm square of both silk and tulle
- Piece B - cut two18cm squares of both silk and tulle
- Piece C - cut two 20cm squares of both silk and tulle
- Piece D - cut a 22cm square of both silk and tulle
- Fold them all into eighths. Trace templates onto fabrics with chalk and cut out with pinking shears.
- Open out, and with a needle and thread, run a gathering stitch around the centre circle and pull the thread to gather the fabric. Do a double stitch to secure. Follow the same procedure with all the petals.
- Once all the fabric flower layers are gathered, place them on top of one another starting with the largest silk layer first followed by a tulle layer, then a silk layer and so on. Use a large needle to sew all the layers together before attaching to the cushion. Sew the flower onto the cushion with a double thread making sure to push the needle right through the cushion to the other side. Do this a few times to be certain the flower is securely attached. Finish off with a double stitch on the back of the cushion and cover with a button to hide any threads.
- Sew the narrow satin ribbon to the centre of the flower for the rings to be tied to on the wedding day.
* You can vary or mix the fabric colours depending on the effect you want. Pink and white flower cushion (shown) was a mixture of baby pink and ivory fabrics.
** A rotary cutter and cutting mat make the job a lot easier but are not essential.
Wedding bands available from www.gsjewellers.com.au
All fabrics and materials are available from www.spotlight.com.au
TIP: If you have any concerns about the ring bearer dropping the cushion, sew an extra piece of ribbon in the shape of a loop on the back of the cushion for the pageboy to slip his hand through.