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  Quilted Claddagh Ring Bearer Pillow
The Claddagh ring  is a traditional Irish ring which represents love, loyalty and friendship (the hands represent friendship, the heart represents love, the crown represents loyalty). 
We used a design from the Claddagh Set  to make this quilted ring bearer pillow.

The finished size of the pillow is about 9" in diameter.

You will need:
  • 1/2 yard of white satin, 
  • stuffing, 
  • either lace or organdy ribbon 2"-2 1/2" wide.
For embroidery you will need white crafter's felt, used as a stabilizer, and embroidery threads.

You will also need either a compass or a 9" plate to make a circle.

Cutting:
Cut your fabric into 4 squares measuring 12" x 12". Cut your felt into 3 squares measuring 12" x 12".
Embroidery:
Stabilize one of the 12" x 12" fabric squares with a 12" x 12" felt square. Embroider the design from the Claddagh Set in the center of the square. 
After the embroidery is finished, neatly cut away felt inside and around the embroidery.
Quilting:
Place another fabric square on a table, face down. Cover with a felt square. Spread the embroidered square on top. Pin with safety pins.

In the same manner prepare a second sandwich for the back of the pillow - white fabric  square - felt square - fabric square.

Quilt in a free motion style. First quilt around and inside the embroidery, then all over the squares.

Assembly:
Place the embroidered piece face down and with the help of a graphic pencil and either a compass or plate, draw a circle with diameter 9".
Cut out the circle, adding 1/4" for seam allowance.
Baste one edge of the ribbon, or lace. Pull the ends of the thread to make ruffles. Pin the ruffled ribbon to the pillow top, as shown. 
Machine stitch with seam allowance 1/4". Remove the pins while stitching.
With the pillow top facing up, cover it with the quilted back.
Turn. Pin all the layers together along the edges.
Machine-stitch together with seam allowance 1/4". Leave an opening of about 5" -6".
Turn the work right side out through the opening.
Stuff the pillow. Hand-stitch the opening closed.
The pillow is finished. Enjoy!
 Happy Stitching!
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