The Hillarys competition inspired me to do something fun and out of the ordinary.
Well, I have a tortoise who’s such a lovely pet to have. Although he’s a reptile, he’s a lot of fun as he’s a little bulldoser. During winter IÂ saw loads of winter tortoise cosies on Pinterest and as I’m getting married at the end of this year I had a lightbulb moment and thought I’ll make my tortoise our ring bearer… I might simply haveÂ to start training him how to get down the aisleÂ ‘quickly’, let alone in a straight line…
Here’s a step by step guide to making your own ring pillow for a tortoise 🙂
Tortoise Ring Bearer Tutorial
What You Will Need:
- 1/2 Metre of Material of your choice
- Ribbon, string or lanyard
- 1 big button (for the ring pillow), 2 small buttons (for the eyes)
Measure your tortoise. I made a tortoise to go on top of his shell that’s just slightly smaller than him so that it’s easier to move around with but feel free to experiment with different sizes.
Draw out the main shape, two front legs, two back legs and the head – do this all on the wrong side of the material so as not to ruin your pattern. Don’t forget to leave half an inch extra for sewing.
Then, sew all of the smaller parts on the wrong side, remembering to leave an inch gap so that you can turn them inside out. The body leave until the end so that you can add the padding and sew theÂ legs and head onto it at the same time. This you’ll need to do on the right side of the material.
Add the ribbon, or I used an old owl lanyard, onto the body so that you can tie it to your tortoise.
To make your DIY ring pillow to go on top of the tortoise you’ve just created simply cut out a square (2″ x 2″). Add padding to it and wrap it with ribbon like you would with a Christmas present. Sew aÂ button at the top to keep it in place and then sew the pillow to your diy tortoise.
Add the finishing touches – so sew the buttons for the tortoise eyes, make a bow with your ribbon (adding the wedding rings if you have them) and then you’re good to go for the wedding ceremony. Whoop!
Optional Step Six:
Train your tortoise to walk down the aisle in a straight line, quickly and without bulldosing your wedding guests…
So, it’s really that simple. What do you think? Am I crazy or am I crazy?