My Hand-Sewn Ring Bearers Pillow

2013-03-20-190802Creating my own wedding accessories  has been a bit stressful, but very rewarding when they are completed. I am having a peacock color wedding, (minus the peacock feathers since my friend has  convinced me they are bad luck,) because my fiance has green eyes and I have blue. I found this beautiful satiny fabric at joanns and after a great sale took home 2 yards of it. This fabric was labeled as a tie dye even though I think that doesn’t  do it justice.2013-03-12-183050Swirls of chartreuse, teal, royal purple, cobalt blue and emerald green

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with small flecks of gold flake

I took a 19” x 24” rectangle piece of fabric and after pinking all edges sewed the 19” edges together with a 1” seam, to make a tube. I then made a  drawstring  on both ends, stuffed them then drew the two ends tightly.

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I took two matching, mother-of- pearl flake buttons and attached them with the cord to cover the small gap that cinching it created.  I then stitched the two buttons together  with ribbon  to hold the top and bottom together. I also took 1/8” ribbon and made a tassel and attached it to the bottom

2013-03-20-190533Its final dimension is 4” high with a 8” diameter

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Beer-Garden Girl inspired apron

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This Christmas  I handmade  most of my presents this year.  While it was stressful and exhausting It was well worth the effort. Everyone was very happy, This fully lined apron I made especially for a Sister in law, it reminded me of a beer garden girl so much I wanted to give her two pint mugs to go with them.

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The Brown fuzzy Trim I added was my favorite addition to the apron, it went really nice with the cream eyelet lace. I used four small bows on each end of the side ribbons  that I attached   with the herring bone stitch ( which  when used that way reminds me of fish net)

2012-12-19-151857 I have always felt that having an apron tied around the waist to be uncomfortable, so I started about 7 aprons ago making them with an elastic waistband my mother who is very tiny, loves them since they don’t slid off of her frame.

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Adding the pocket was difficult to line up the pattern with out wasting fabric but I succeeded, you can hardly see it, I don’t think the recipient even  realized it was there .2012-12-19-151951

nifty fifties style blue and yellow apron

I found these fat quarter packs at Jo-Anns fabric a few weeks ago. I just loved the print it,  I found it reminiscent  of June Cleaver. I wanted an apron so badly made with it. I caught a good sale a while back and was thrilled to take these home.

the fat quarters

Since I was using fat quarters at 18”x21” I wanted to make sure that I made the side hems as small as possible. I used a ribbon to encase the edges.  I love how this turned out . I had never tried it before I think I did it well

stitching the ribbon on right side first

after attaching to the right side of the fabric  as close to the edge as possible I flipped it over   pinned it down to the wrong side and stitched it along as straight as possible

finished side encased in ribbon

I really like to put 2 rows of lace  usually contrasting on my skirts and aprons . it adds so much with so little  I stagger my lace a little depending on the width of my lace

the 2 rows of lace on the bottom

I am very happy with the end result. Im proud that Iwas successful in a new technique I will try ribbon edges more often especially when conserving the size of fabric

finished

I know this wasn’t a tutoria’l  but  if anyone has any questions I will try my best to answer them