Linen Ring Pillow

It's only fitting to present the symbols of a new union on a beautiful "something old": a pillow embellished with an heirloom handkerchief or another vintage linen. A few stitches keep everything in place and can be snipped later. If you don't have a vintage piece, you can find one at a flea market.

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, 2005


Vintage linens come in many styles: Handkerchief with openwork, floral-print handkerchief, embroidered fabric, doily with openwork, monogrammed handkerchief, and embroidered cocktail napkin.


  • For a square handkerchief (ours is 10 inches), you'll need a square pillow just big enough for the handkerchief's corners to slightly overlap at the center.

  • Sewing kit


  1. Place the pillow on the wrong side of the linen; fold the corners in, overlapping them.

  2. Hand-sew the middle of a satin ribbon to pillow center, sewing through the linen's corners and pillow; use two or three stitches (when ready to remove linen, cut the thread). A few stitches in the center will also secure a small doily or cocktail napkin to the pillow's top.

  3. Or you can make the pillow itself from vintage fabric. To attach rings, thread them onto the ribbon and tie a bow.


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