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Wedding Program :: Double Zigzag Sewn Wedding Program Booklet by Kathy Beymer, photo by Pen Carlson

I had a ball designing our ceremony programs as small, handsewn booklets. Our non-denominational readings that Shane and my friend Liz found were super cool and so I wanted to our guests to be able to follow along.


The first step is to write your program content. Programs can contain as much or as little information as you want. Wedding party names and relationship to you, ceremony, words to readings, thank yous to your guests, your forwarding address or anything else you’d like to say. We had five pages in our booklets; any fewer than three means you should probably use a more simple program style.

Our wedding ceremony readings included an excerpt of ‘A Farewell to Arms’ by Ernest Hemingway, An Apache Wedding Blessing, and re-interpreted lyrics of ‘This Old Love’ by the Australian singer Lior, which was also as our wedding song (we’ll grow old together …sigh).

Now you’re ready to lay out your program pages, using fonts and colors from your invitation for cohesiveness. Each 8 1/2 x 11 page is divided into four A2-sized mini-pages. If you don’t have Illustrator, just use PowerPoint and break each page into four quadrants. Print and cut apart your page. For big cutting jobs like this I like to use a ruler and box cutter to quickly cut through stacks and stacks at a time.

For the front cover, use the names Illustrator template to create your cover. Or use PowerPoint to create your own name strips at 3 1/4″ x 1 3/4″. Cut them apart.

Place the pages in order inside an A2 folded card. Place your names on the front about 3/4″ from the bottom flush with the folded edge of the card. No need to be exact here. Set your sewing machine to a double zigzag stitch. Sew along the folded sized of the card through the names, folded card cover and program pages. You can either backstitch which is quicker …or avoid the look of backstitching by tying knots on the ends like I did. If your machine only has a zigzag stitch I recommend just buying the thickest thread you can because it’s more time consuming to double back across the length. Using a denim needle also helps.

Your names on the cover will be loose, adding to the handmade feel.

Like this theme? Then try our sewn poppy fabric invitations, sewn return address envelopes with custom stamps, table numbers, guest towels, ring bearer pillow, place cards, sewn zigzagged programsmenu, reserved signs, whimsical flower garland “altar” and bridesmaid’s handbags.

Don’t feel like making them yourself? Contact me and I’ll help.

COPYRIGHT NOTE: You’re more than welcome to use this project and pattern for your own personal use. Please post a comment below or email me if you use this project so I can smile when I see that it’s being used. Craft and pass it on!


15 Responses to “Double zigzag sewn wedding program booklet”

  1. toms norge Says:

    It’s a nice post.Thanks for sharing.

  2. Doris Says:

    I have been looking for a diy program for my up coming wedding and fell in LOVE with this design! I’d love to use it for my wedding since I have never seen anything like this before.


  3. Melissa Gerbrandt Says:

    Hi :)

    I love this program!! And would love to use it for my wedding but can not seem to download the template so that I can alter it, HELP??

    I must admit I am a bit lacking in my computer knowledge!


  4. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Stephanie, my sewing machine is a Brother X-65. Nothing too fancy but has the double zig-zag stitch which I tend to use quite a lot. Be sure to use fresh needles and change them often. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. PaperDollMN Says:

    I love this program and plan on featuring it (with due credit, as well as reference to your fabulous tutorial) on my blog. Thanks!

  6. Stephanie Says:

    Hi! Love the sewn look! I was wondering if you have any recommendations as to what kind of sewing machine would be best for a project like this.

  7. Casey Says:

    Hi Kathy!

    I just wanted to let you know that I absolutely loved your idea for this so much that I have decided to use it in my own wedding. I’m changing up the colors a bit, but the general idea of the program is the same. Pictures will come soon! My wedding is this Saturday. :)

    Thank you so much for sharing your craftiness!


  8. { Joy } @ Wedding Planning with Joy Says:

    […] This is a DIY program I’ve seen in several blogs and here (Link) you can find the tutorial […]

  9. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Michelle,

    Thanks so much for your comments and for visiting Merriment!

    To answer your question I technically had 8 layers sewn in my program:

    1. Front name label
    2. Folded cardstock outside (counts as two layers)
    3. Five pages (single sided) of Paper Source luxe text weight program

    I recommend practicing with the actual front name label weight and
    outside cardstock …testing a couple different options for the five
    program pages. You shouldn’t ruin your machine but you likely will go
    through a pack of needles.

    I made 75 programs. It really didn’t take too long assembling …I’d
    say a couple evenings tops …printing the pages on my slow as honey
    ink jet printer took the most time. Chunk it up by printing everything
    one night, cutting everything another, get your fiance to help you
    stack them, then sew them.

    Hope that helps! I’d love to post a photo of your program and other
    wedding crafts when you’re finished. Take close-up photos and send
    them along :)

  10. Michelle Says:

    Oh and please e-mail me back michelle dot burhenn at gmail dot com, instead of replying here!

  11. Michelle Says:

    How thrilled was I when I googled sew wedding programs and found this post! Your programs were my exact inspiration!

    My question: When you say you had five pages do you mean you had three pages (six front and back) and the cover? I’m worried that I’m going to need more pages than this and I don’t want to ruin my sewing machine.

    How many programs did you make? How long did the sewing process take?

    Any tips would help!


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