DIY Tortoise Ring Bearer Tutorial

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 I 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 have to start training him how to get down the aisle ‘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

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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)
  • Padding

Step One: 

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.

Step Two:

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 the legs and head onto it at the same time. This you’ll need to do on the right side of the material.

Step Three: 

Add the ribbon, or I used an old owl lanyard, onto the body so that you can tie it to your tortoise.

Step Four: 

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 a button at the top to keep it in place and then sew the pillow to your diy tortoise.

Step Five:

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?

Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.


  • June 14, 2015

    Jessica Edmunds

    Oh my gosh this is the sweetest thing I have ever seen, people will just have to wait for him 😉 xx

    • June 14, 2015


      Haha… but I don’t know if I myself am patient enough to wait to get married! Eeek, exciting 🙂

  • June 17, 2015


    Oh my this is adorable!!!
    Good luck!


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