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Sewn Half Flower Fabric and Loose Leaf Wedding Invitations - fabric and paper wedding invites

I am totally in love with these DIY sewn fabric wedding invitations that I designed for recent bride Natalie Fayard.

Sewn Half Flower Fabric Wedding Invitations

Thanks to Google, Natalie and her mother found me and my sewn fabric poppy wedding invitations that were featured in the The Knot’s 2007-2008 Fall/Winter National Magazine. Natalie had found this lovely yellow, black, white and khaki fabric that has such energy and throwback personality:

Sewn Half Flower Fabric and Loose Leaf Wedding Invitations - fabric and paper wedding invites

One tricky wrinkle: Natalie’s fabric had a lot of large flowers (3″ – 4″) and smaller flowers that were not “perfect,” overlapping to create oddly shaped sides when cut out. To make things worse, the “perfect” flowers were so spread out that it would require oodles and oodles of expensive yardage to get a full-flower look.

Sewn Half Flower Fabric and Loose Leaf Wedding Invitations - fabric and paper wedding invites

So I noodled around and designed this variation for Natalie featuring half flowers layered on top of loose fabric leaves. I couldn’t be more more thrilled with this design twist …and to tell the truth, I think I like these even better than my poppy ones.

Sewn Half Flower Fabric and Loose Leaf Wedding Invitations - fabric and paper wedding invites

From Natalie: “A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!  Kathy, they’re awesome; you are so great honestly! …Thank you again so much for all your hardwork and all the time you took to assist me with this project. I look back and have learned so much.”

Sewn Half Flower Fabric and Loose Leaf Wedding Invitations - fabric and paper wedding invites

Celebrate with style

Supplies for making your own DIY sewn wedding invitations:

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Sewn Half Flower Fabric and Loose Leaf Wedding Invitations - fabric and paper wedding invites

(also available in 100 Sheet Bulk Pack) instead of A6 Flat Note Cards, print 2 per page and cut to size.)

Cut flowers and leaves
Press fabric flat. Iron on craft weight interfacing behind areas of flowers and leaves to stiffen and add weight (you can skip this if you’re using thick fabric).

Sewn Half Flower Fabric and Loose Leaf Wedding Invitations - fabric and paper wedding invites

Cut out flowers and leaves, making sure to cut slightly *outside* the lines. Remember not every invitation needs to be exactly the same.

Sewn Half Flower Fabric and Loose Leaf Wedding Invitations - fabric and paper wedding invites

Cut all large and odd-shaped flowers so that they bleed off the top of the invitation.

Cut fabric for invitation backs

Sewn Half Flower Fabric and Loose Leaf Wedding Invitations - fabric and paper wedding invites

Iron craft weight interfacing onto fabric (if using thick fabric you can skip this step).

Sewn Half Flower Fabric and Loose Leaf Wedding Invitations - fabric and paper wedding invites

Using your Rotary cutter, Self-healing mat and clear plastic ruler cut 4.75” x 6.75” squares, one for each invitation back. Remember all fabric edges are intentionally left raw and unfinished.

Sewn Half Flower Fabric and Loose Leaf Wedding Invitations - fabric and paper wedding invites

Stack your invitation and sew
Place the fabric rectangle back face down on your mat. Layer on the A7 Flat Note Card next and then the A6 Size Flat Note Card printed page on top.

Sewn Half Flower Fabric and Loose Leaf Wedding Invitations - fabric and paper wedding invites

Sew yellow thread through all three layers 1/8th of an inch from the cream sides; you can either backstitch or tie it off (here’s a perfectionist trick: backstitch where the flower is going to go to hide your backstitch).

Sewn Half Flower Fabric and Loose Leaf Wedding Invitations - fabric and paper wedding invites

Here’s what the sewn fabric back looks like.

Sewn Half Flower Fabric and Loose Leaf Wedding Invitations - fabric and paper wedding invites

Put the flower on the top and slip a loose leaf underneath. Sew around the edge of the flower. Leaf edges will be raw and loose.

Sewn Half Flower Fabric and Loose Leaf Wedding Invitations - fabric and paper wedding invites

You will see the stitching on the back of the invitation; again, this is intentional to add to the texture and handmade feel. Voila!

Get creative! Layer flowers on top of loose leaves and sew around edges

Mix and match flowers and leaves to create a range of pretty invitations.

Sewn Half Flower Fabric and Loose Leaf Wedding Invitations - fabric and paper wedding invites

For instance, I made these leaf-only “more manly” invitations were for Natalie and Jeff’s single male guests :)

Sewn Half Flower Fabric and Loose Leaf Wedding Invitations - fabric and paper wedding invites

Create bunches of variations and have fun!

Sewn Half Flower Fabric and Loose Leaf Wedding Invitations - fabric and paper wedding invites

Sewn Half Flower Fabric and Loose Leaf Wedding Invitations - fabric and paper wedding invites

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

Did you make it? Please post a comment and let me know how this craft idea works for you. And share your own photos at the Facebook page, “I made it!” flickr photo gallery or tweet a picture to @merrimentdesign. Craft and pass it on!

COPYRIGHT NOTE: You’re more than welcome to use free pattern and how to step-by-step tutorial for your own personal use. Contact me for any commercial use – this includes etsy sellers.


97 Responses to “Sewn half flower + loose leaf fabric wedding invitations with fabric backs”

  1. Kathy Beymer Says:

    How pretty! I love that fabric. You look like a good sewer …I need some motivation. Where’s the best place to follow you?

  2. KellyS Says:

    I love this and made up a quick card for my friend today. Thank you for the inspiration.

  3. Laura Says:

    I just happened to fall on this website and am in LOVE with these invitations. Step 1: Find fabric! My colors are navy blue and gray, so hopefully I’ll be able to find something as adorable as this!

  4. Antonia Says:

    Hi, Can you tell me where you got this exact yellow floral fabric and the name of the fabric too? I really like it and I’m about to start doing my own invites. It would really help since I’ve been looking for a long time, but can’t find anything remotely as pretty as this one! Thanks!!!

  5. Alanna Says:

    I am so in love! I’m thinking of adding a pock on the back so RSVP card could be tucked in to the back.

  6. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Angie, that’s great. I’ll share your photos with my followers when you get them done. And congratulations on your engagement!

  7. Angie Says:

    My bridesmaid and I dove into this project this week! So far, we have all of the fabric squares cut. I had someone recreate the flowers from my fabric in a design for the front of the invitations, though. We’re just not cut out for…cutting out all of those flowers. Yeah, I went there with the pun. Anyhow, on to sewing, and I will be sure to share everything when it’s finished!

  8. Rebecca Says:

    You did an amazing job!

    If only I could find some lilac and grey fabric like the yellow and khaki one. I would recreate this in a heartbeat for my own wedding.

  9. Arina P Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. I’ve seen similar designs on Etsy and so thrilled to find this tutorial. I’ll be making those for my boy’s 1st birthday – I’ll try to find bird or owl themed fabric.

  10. Dan Says:

    we are interested in getting info on where to find/buy this fabric. Please email us back at your convenience

  11. Kelly H Says:

    Exactly what I have spent the last hour or so looking for!
    I will be making these for my little boys 1st Birthday… with non-floral fabric of course!
    Thank You so much for posting this tutorial!
    Wish me luck!!

  12. air max 2011 Says:

    These turned out amazing! Thank you for sharing

  13. Kath Says:

    Hi Kathy,

    Thanks so much for posting this tutorial! I loved this idea and thought it looked great, so my fiance and I have spent a couple of months buying supplies and following your instructions. Although we didn’t free-sew the flowers on, we stitched the card and fabric backs (after interfacing) and think they looked pretty good! I’ll post some photos on your flickr site. As a totally non-creative person, I really appreciate your detailed instructions.

    Our friends have just started receiving our invitations and the feedback has been great. :-D

  14. Steph Says:

    I used your idea for my wedding in August and can’t wait to hear responses! Great idea – thank you for sharing!

  15. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Rika, thank you! Congrats to you and your fiance.

  16. Rika Daniel Says:

    this is very beautiful, thank you so much for your useful tutorial, I am thinking to make this for my wedding, hopefully by the end of this year, I will copy you the link later..thank you! :)

  17. Kathy Beymer Says:

    @Kimberly, thanks for using the idea! Would love to see your bridal shower invite on flickr:

  18. Kimberly Says:

    Thanks so much! Love the design! Just mailed these out for a bridal shower invite. Can’t wait to hear the response!

  19. Emma Says:

    These are lovely, I’ve put a post on my blog directing people here and I can’t wait to try it out myself!

  20. Kristin Says:

    I used these fabric invitations as inspiration for my sister’s wedding invitations. Her wedding colours were teal, blue and black so I changed all the yellow to light teal using photoshop and we printed them on textured paper (don’t remember what it is called). Although the invitations I created in photoshop are beautiful, they certainly are not as nice as the real fabric invitations.

    Love this fabric!!

  21. Breanne KOster Says:

    I love these, and would love to use them for my wedding. I would love the template and maybe see if i could be make the yellow into a orange color on my Adobe CS.
    thanks so much

  22. Nikki Says:

    These are amazing! I’m not making them (today anyway) but I’m reposting and directing my readers here. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I can’ t wait to try them.

  23. Ali Says:

    These are incredible! Definitely will need to contact you in the future!

  24. Michelle Says:

    I have been searching for some inspiration for a wedding cake design and completely fell in love with the style of these invitations! Thanks for sharing they look fantastic!

  25. Kaytee Says:

    Hello! These are absolutely amazing and I cannot thank you enough for posting a tutorial! I was just wondering about how many you made and how many yards of fabric you used to make that amount? I’ve picked out the fabric that I want to use and now I just need to know how much to get! If you wouldn’t mind emailing me I would sooooo appreciate it!

  26. Jeanne Says:

    Very creative! Unique and personal too! I love the results!

  27. Audra Shadforth Says:

    Hi Kathy,

    I will defiantly be using your wonderful tutorial for my wedding of June’11!! They are just perfect. Thank you so much, you are such a talent!

    Best wishes,

  28. natalie Says:

    hi amy and stacy,
    i got the fabric from and from hart’s fabric. it’s kelly yellow floral i believe is the name.

    i have leftover yards and cut outs, but not sure how much if you are interested. i’d have to pull it all out and count / measure and get back to you.

    i also have matching handtowels that were made.

  29. Stacy Says:

    Love these!! Can anyone tell me where to get the fabric or anything similar? I’m looking for the yellow/grey/black combo. Thanks!!

  30. Amy Says:

    Where did this fabric come from? I love this idea, and love the fabric. perfect colors for our wedding. Thanks. ~Amy

  31. BViar Says:

    L-O-V-E these!! As soon as I saw them I knew they were just what my “wedding vision” was missing. Thank you SO much for sharing!! Hopefully a novice sewer like myself will be able to duplicate. I plan on starting on these right away! :-)

  32. Danielle Says:

    Oh my goodness, I’ve been looking for fabric invites for about 5 months now and finally found your web page! I am so excited to try and do this project for my June 25th 2011 wedding. I should probably start now! Thank you for your amazing, creative mind and also for sharing how you did this!!

  33. Kathy Says:

    I borrowed your tutorial. I will post again when I am 100 percent complete , thanks :)

  34. Emma Says:

    I have just printed my wedding invitations and have no come across these. BUT WHY? please could you send me details on how to make them. I am in love. Thanks! emma

  35. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Lauren, kind of hard to say per invitation because I do it assembly line. I would say, less than 5 minutes each to sew it together in the end. Before that, I cut out flowers in evenings while the TV was on. For the backs, you can stack up fabric and use a rotary cutter, self-healing mat and ruler to cut a stack of backs all at once. The part I always hate is ironing on interfacing …it always seems to take so long …I guess it’s motivation to buy home ec weight fabric to skip interfacing all together. Good luck!

  36. Lauren Says:

    These are AMAZING – about how long did it take to make each invitation?

  37. Audrey Says:

    @lucy: thank you! that would be great :) my email is thanks again!

  38. lucy Says:

    @audrey: i found it on an internet website in Australia and got it shipped to London. post your email address if you are interested and i give you the details :)

  39. Audrey Says:

    @lucy–i, too, am looking for fabric just like this. Where did you find this?!

  40. Audrey Says:

    Hi! I am also very interested in finding this fabric. I am trying to make these invites for my engagement party; however I cannot seem to find an adorable fabric like this one. Can anyone tell me where to find this fabric, style number, name, etc…? Thanks so much!

  41. Nanette Biene Says:

    Hi! I’m Nette from Gen. Santos Philippines. I really love crafts and do inspired by your designs and ideas. Ohh…How I love to learn and try them on my own with your designs as my inspiration. Thanks a lot for sharing this on the net. May God bless you more!

  42. Jamie Says:

    Also @lucy – could you email me and let me know how much you are selling that fabric for and how many it would make??? I might be interested…

  43. Jamie Says:

    @lucy – where did you end up finding this fabric??? cause I am looking for one similar and having a really hard time.

  44. lucy Says:

    Hi Kathy
    I love love your site. Im not very creative but since getting engage, i have been getting into the DIY little things just to make my wedding a litle more personal. I attempted to make your fabric design flower but unfortunately my sewing skills are not up to scratch and i ended up gluing everything instead. Still turned out decent though. I even manage to find the same material online and spent a fortune buying it but as it took too long to ship i ended up using another material from the local supplier instead. So if anyone’s interested, let me know if you want to buy the material from me and make the same awesome design as Kathy. Thanks for inspiring me to make something i would never have attempted!

  45. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hee hee, thank you Rosalia!!

  46. Rosalia Lopez Says:

    Dude these are

  47. Elizabeth Says:

    THANK YOU for posting this. It is better than the invites I had envisioned. I plan on making these, with the help of my mother (the sewer), this summer!

  48. Jamie Says:

    Do you or does anyone have suggestions on where to find fabric like the one used in the demo???? I am having a really hard time!

  49. Kathy Beymer Says:

    @Jamie that’s great! Looking forward to seeing your creations :)

  50. Jamie Says:

    I LOVE THESE! I am going to use this idea for my own invitations… I will send you the finished product when I am done!

  51. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Sheila, I used a standard size needle for the invitations. I’ve used a denim needle for thicker paper projects like my wedding booklet programs but these aren’t too thick with a normal needle. I do switch them out with fresh ones when they start to get a bit dull. Thanks for stopping by!

  52. Trista Says:

    I will be featuring your invitations on my site tomorrow as part of a yellow tone wedding board. AMAZING!!

  53. Sheila Says:

    Did you use a certain size needle for the sewing?

  54. Kathy Beymer Says:

    @Carly, I’m so glad that the invites are turning out well for you! I’d love to see pictures if you’d like to share. Congrats on your wedding and have fun. August is my favorite month …my birthday is the 16th ;)

  55. Patty Says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea. I got married two years ago and we’re expecting our first baby (girl). I think I’m gonna try to do this for her birth announcements or baptism invitations or maybe her first birthday party. I will find a reason to use them very seen.

  56. Carly Says:

    I found these invites in the summer of ’09 and am now starting to sew them for our wedding in August ’10. I am so impressed with how they are turning out. I am so excited to share this personal invite with our guests. I am planning on keeping the theme going with the menus, reserve signs and whatever I can incorporate. Thank you so much for sharing this for free. It is truly kind of you to do so.

  57. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Megan, spring green sounds lovely. I’d love to see a photo of your invitation. Thanks for your kind words. And congrats on your engagement!

  58. Megan Says:

    I’m getting married in April and had been trying to find ideas for
    unique invitations. I came across these and I love them!!! I just bought flower fabric in a spring green color and will be starting to make
    the invitations today:) Thanks so much for the great inspiration!!!

  59. Christy Says:

    Beautiful, Original…I absolutely adore this!

  60. TheFutureWife Says:

    wow, those are GORGEOUS!!! I thought about trying to do these for my wedding, but the time factor to do 100 or so of them was just too much, I decided to use scrapbook paper instead.
    But these are SOOO awesome, maybe I can make them as thank you notes or something instead!

  61. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Devon, thank you so much! You totally made me smile today. I checked out your blog and etsy store. What great stuff! Thanks for posting my invitations on your blog and sharing them :)

  62. Devon of STELLA+HODGE Says:

    I just ran across these gorgeous invitations and had to gasp. I think they are the most beautiful invites I have ever seen. I love the colors, the textured combination of fabric and paper, the stitching, the handmade detail leaves me speechless. I’m going to blog about them now and link back here.

  63. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Tasha, so glad that you like my invitations! I’d love to see what you end up doing to make them your own. And thanks for posting on your craft blog …I really like the paper stars that you have on there and think I may have to add them to the to-do list :) Thanks for making my day!

  64. Tasha Says:

    Wow, I just love this idea! You are amazing. What lucky people to have these wedding invitations. Those are treasures! I just linked you to my craft blog where I track ideas of things I want to do. I just love these. Thank you for sharing!!

  65. Jess Says:

    Thank you so much for this amazing idea! My fiance and I were looking for the perfect handmade touch to our invites and you provided it. We are so excited! We’ve just started sewing. I was trying to keep a log of how much time we’ve invested but it’s such a big project. I will definitely send you pictures of the end result. thanks a million!

  66. Erica Says:

    I am in love with these invites. I am really interested in Natalie’s leftover fabric. I tried to find this fabric and it appears to be gone. I hope to make these invites for my wedding in June. I will let you know how it goes.

    Thanks Kathy!

  67. Skip Says:

    I loved these when I saw them and knew if I could find fabric that it would be what I was doing. I searched a few fabric stores and found some at Fabricland. Mine are dark grey paper with a grey fabric with purple, white, and light grey flowers on it. I’m making about 130 invites and I am almost half way. I had a bit of problems with the white paper with the wording bumping up when I sewed around it so I had to use double sided scrapbooking tape to keep it exactly in place as I sewed.

  68. Aislinn Says:

    I’m seriously considering using this idea for my invitations. Love them. I have a question, though. How many invitations did you make and how many yards of fabric did you use? I’ll be making somewhere between 130 and 150 invitations (which may be too many for such an ambitious project). How much fabric do you think I would need to use?

  69. Natalie Says:

    Hi, these were my invites and I found the fabric on which is a great website. I believe this is an “alexander henry” fabric and I may have purchases all they had left of it at the time. I know for sure I have extra yards as well as extra cut out flowers and leaves that I would be willing to sell you. I just need to count the yards to see if it would even be worth it!
    If you’d like to email Kathy for my contact information, feel free.

  70. Nani Says:

    oh my, i can’t help it but those rings on your finger makes my eyes pop-ed!
    and the card…super cute and creative!

    LOVE IT!

  71. Carla Says:

    The black white yellow and khaki floral fabric is perfect for my daughter’s wedding. Can you tell me where to locate the fabric? It is so perfect. We have looked for fabric and cannot find anything like it. Any help you could give me locating similar fabric would be appreciated.

  72. Katie Nance Says:

    These invitations are beautiful! Where did you find the fabric from?

  73. Ananda Says:

    We made these! They are stunning. Thanks for the DIY tip!

  74. alison Says:

    simply stunning. really, not much more to say. Can you tell me how long it took you?

  75. Katrina Says:

    you are going to put me out of business! just kidding! these are absolutely gorgeous- thanks for the inspiration :)

  76. Nicole-Lynn Says:

    These turned out amazing! Thank you for sharing!

  77. Katie Says:

    Kathy, How long did it take you to do all of the invites?? I just came across this the other day and LOVE IT. It really would go with the fabric elements I’m already using at the wedding!

  78. Morgan Says:

    Someone should cue the angels singing because those are AH-MAZING!

  79. natalie fayard Says:

    These invitations were the inspiration to my whole wedding theme and this was the perfect way to start the event off. The compliments were abundant and I just can’t thank Kathy enough. Truly, my mom found the poppy invites online and we felt a bit like stalkers trying to find out more about them and the creator!!!! Much to our surprise and delight, we found the site and it’s been so wonderful to see Kathy’s amazing creative projects shared with the world. Kathy, you are truly a special talent and your help with my invitations was incredible. I frankly don’t know what my wedding would have been like without the discovery of your talents! Best, Natalie

  80. Oceanside Bride Says:

    Such an awesome idea! Thank you for sharing your step-by-step instructions for this project. If I don’t use this for my invitations, it will definitely be used for something!

  81. courtney Says:

    these are entirely brilliant. BRILLIANT. brilliant. i can’t get over it.

  82. Bonnie Bell Says:

    I love the idea of fabric and paper collaboration! The finished product is insanely stylish AND creative! Plus…any fabric can be used so the design possibilities are endless and these cards can be made to match ANY wedding!


  83. Heather Says:

    Love the variations. Just beeeeautiful.


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