Wedding season will soon be in full swing — and if you’re looking for some special projects to sew, look no further! Whether you are helping to plan the wedding details or you want to make a keepsake for the lucky couple, we have you covered with wedding garters, ring pillows, planners, bow ties, monogrammed napkins, flower girl dresses, guestbook covers and more items to treasure. We’ve even thrown in a few freebies!
Wedding Planner Composition Cover: This pretty and practical cover is perfect for a bride-to-be who’s working on planning all the special details of her big day! Designed by Angela Bowman, the cover is made to fit a composition book and it includes all kinds of functional features. Vertical pockets prevent tucked-in items from slipping out, and they’re perfectly sized for Post-it notes and business cards. Ribbon bookmarks help keep favorite pages at the ready, and an elastic penholder keeps you prepared while enclosing the planner nicely. The project tutorial is included in our spring 2013 “celebrations” issue of Stitch Craft Create.
Monogrammed Napkins: Make the perfect gift with a set of hand-stitched linen napkins. The napkins shown here were actually made by designer Laura Jenkins Thompson as a wedding gift for former Sew Beautiful editor Cyndi (Manson) May. Laura shares general tips for monogramming napkins by hand in the August/September 2014 issue of Sew Beautiful. Of course, you could also create special gifts using machine embroidery.
Little Princess Dress: Designed by Julie Graue, this is the perfect flower girl dress! The blush pink silk and tulle gown is lavishly smocked and sprinkled with tiny cream pearls. Sweet puffed sleeves and the neckline are edged with binding and also finished with a row of gleaming pearls. Pearl shank buttons and a pretty sash finish the back opening. The pattern is included in Perfect Party Dresses in sizes 3, 4 and 5 years.
Bridal Garter: When Martha Boyles’ son got married, she wanted to make a special wedding garter for his bride. With her son an avid fan of his father’s alma mater’s football team, the Texas Longhorns; and his bride an avid fan of her own alma mater’s team, the LSU Tigers, Martha decided to include symbols of both teams on the garter. She layered the laces to mimic the wedding gown, which featured layer upon layer of netting lace. With a little bit of heirloom and a little bit of fun, this garter is perfect for a modern bride. Martha shares her Instructions for making the garter in the August/September 2014 issue of Sew Beautiful.
Inspiration for a Handmade Wedding Gown: So what if you want to really go the distance and actually make a wedding gown? Former Sew Beautiful editor Kathy Barnard was delighted when one of her dear friend’s nieces asked her to do just that. Kathy said it was the most challenging item she designed in her career, but the one she is most proud to say she made. Kathy detailed the journey of making the wedding dress in the September/October 2013 issue of Sew Beautiful, sharing answers to a few of the main “How did she do that?” questions. Check out the article for tips for creating a design plan, choosing fine fabrics, the ever-important muslin, notions that make all the difference, appropriate closures and simple seam finishes.
Woven Ring Pillow: Isn’t this beautiful? With interlocking layers that symbolize two lives becoming one, this custom ring pillow is a picture-perfect wedding accessory. Create it in colors that complement the big day; use silky voile and shiny satin, or go less formal with quilting cottons or even burlap. Whatever the wedding’s style, this pillow designed by Lindsey Connor is sure to become a beloved keepsake. To use the pillow during the ceremony, slide rings onto ribbon and center on front of pillow, tying a bow on back. The instructions for making the pillow are included in the spring 2013 issue of Stitch Craft Create.
Bow Tie: Create a bow tie to accessorize the groom, or make them assembly line-style to outfit the entire wedding party! Completely customizable in either single or double layers, this bow’s measurements can easily be increased or decreased by 1/2 inch depending on how full you want it to look. You can also choose to omit the interfacing for a more relaxed bow, make the center piece wider or narrower or even twist the center piece to resemble a real knot. With measurements for both men and boys and a closure option of either hook and loop tape or hardware, there are countless ways to put your own twist on this fun accessory. The project was designed by Andrea Johnson and instructions are in the spring 2013 issue of Stitch Craft Create.
Candy Buffet: Of course we can’t forget about the decorations! Kari Mecca’s whimsical ribbon flowers, trims and medallions can add the perfect touch to jars for the food and desert area or be used as table centerpieces. The instructions for making the trims shown here are included in our September/October 2013 issue of Sew Beautiful and you can find many more of Kari’s trim tutorials in her book Whimsy Flowers & Trims.
Elodie Dress: Here is another lovely option for a flower girl dress. Designed by Denise Bakes, this gown features lustrous striped ivory silk satin and a sprinkling of pearly glass beads. Subtle smocking on the bodice is highlighted with a row of charming roses at the waist, each one encircled with a row of gleaming beads. Pink scalloped trim edges the bodice and the deep hem band and the dress fastens at the back with embroidered buttons and a silk sash. The pattern is included in Perfect Party Dresses in sizes 4, 5 and 6 years.
More Bridal Garters: Quickly create a custom-designed bridal garter that’s worthy of heirloom status with our FREE tutorial. This freebie includes instructions for making three different garters so you can choose your favorite: one with a lace ruffle, one with an organza ruffle and one with beaded swags.
Silk Ribbon Blossoms: Camela Nitschke of The Ribbonry made this elegant hairpiece to coordinate with a flower girl dress featured in the January/February 2010 issue of Sew Beautiful. Get the instructions for the blossoms in that issue, along with many more great tips for incorporating ribbon into wedding details.
Heart of Mine Pillow: If you’re looking for the perfect gift to make for a special bride, this dainty pillow designed by Celine Girouard is just the ticket. The silk pillow features a traditional lattice smocking design worked around the edge of the heart while the front is decorated with silk ribbon flowers and tiny beads. A mother of pearl button finishes the back and the keepsake hangs from a beaded loop. Check out issue 95 of Australian Smocking & Embroidery for the complete tutorial for making this lovely keepsake. You can also find free instructions for making the gathered ribbon roses only here on our website.
Monogrammed Guest Book Cover: Create a custom cover for a purchased guest book that will coordinate with the wedding’s theme and colors. Designed by Kathy Barnard, our FREE tutorial will show you how create this cover with a silk organza window, machine embroidery of your choosing and silk ribbon.
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