I am totally in love with these DIY sewn fabric wedding invitations that I designed for recent bride Natalie Fayard.
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:
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.
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.
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.”
Supplies for making your own DIY sewn wedding invitations:
- Kathy’s sewn invitation text template in Adobe Illustrator CS3 (429K, uses Copperplate Gothic Bold and Spoleto from Novel Fonts, not Monotype. If you can’t find this version of Spoleto you could substitute Machiarge or Fenway Park)
- Luxe Cream A6 Size (4 1/2″x 6 1/4″) Note Cards – 25 Pack OR if you’re printing them yourself, get the 8 1/2 x 11 Luxe Cream Cover Paper – 10 Pack – 210g weight (also available in 8 1/2 x 11 Luxe Cream Cover Paper – 100 Sheet Bulk Packs
- A7 Flat Note Cards – 25 Pack in Curry (many other colors available)
- Flowers and leaves cut out of fabric – edges should be raw
- 4.75” x 6.75” fabric squares for invitation backs (optional) – edges should be raw
- Fusible interfacing (craft, medium or heavyweight)
- Yellow thread
- Computerand printer (if printing yourself)
- A7 Envelopes – 10 Pack in Curry (many other colors available)
- Paper trimmer OR X-Acto knife, Self-healing mat and Metal ruler if you’re printing yourself and cutting 8 1/2 x 11 paper
- rotary cutter, Self-healing mat and clear plastic ruler for cutting fabric squares (you will thank me)
- Good fabric scissors
- Good iron like Rowenta and ironing board
- Sewing machine
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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).
Cut out flowers and leaves, making sure to cut slightly *outside* the lines. Remember not every invitation needs to be exactly the same.
Cut all large and odd-shaped flowers so that they bleed off the top of the invitation.
Cut fabric for invitation backs
Iron craft weight interfacing onto fabric (if using thick fabric you can skip this step).
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).
Here’s what the sewn fabric back looks like.
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.
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.
For instance, I made these leaf-only “more manly” invitations were for Natalie and Jeff’s single male guests :)
Create bunches of variations and have fun!
Don’t feel like making them yourself? Contact me and I’ll help.
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