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Wedding Season: Part One
It’s wedding season!! Love is in the air, and what better way to show the happy couple you love them than with a handmade wedding gift! My best friend got married earlier this year and I’ll admit I was stressing about what to get her. Marriage is one of those monumental milestones in life and when it is someone you care deeply for you want to get them the perfect gift. I went round and round in my head over the standard items you would find on a registry, but then an opportunity presented itself! I was planning to host a bridal brunch at the bride’s home and what better way to knock two birds with one stone then to make something as both a wedding gift and fun décor for the brunch! Plus, I could easily ask for pictures of her place for “planning the brunch” and keep the real reason a secret! I settled on making three different handmade gifts for the newlywed couple: wedding pillows, chalkboard serving tray, and chalkboard wine bottles. Are you curious to see how the bridal brunch turned out? Check back soon to read our post!
I chose to make pillows with the numbers “01” and “02” for two different reasons. First and foremost, I thought of it as a modern looking alternative to your standard “Mr” and “Mrs” with its hidden meaning of two become one. Sound familiar? You got it! The inspiration was derived from Mark 10: 7-9.
“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no man separate.”
How cool is that?! 😀 Not to mention the other reason was because their wedding date conveniently shared the same numbers, January 2nd! Ready to learn how to make your own?
How to Make Wedding Pillows
This pattern makes TWO 12” x 12” decorative pillows.
Note: Wash, dry, and iron your fabrics before beginning.
1 yard cotton base fabric
1/4 yard cotton accent fabric
1/4 yard cotton batting
1/4 yard cotton appliqué fabric
1 1/2 yards decorative trim
Sewing Machine (I LOVE this one!)
Note: All of the above material yard measurements are the minimum required to complete this project. I always recommend purchasing more yards of all material and trims to ensure you have enough as well as spare materials in case of cutting errors.
Cut four 12 ½” x 12 ½” squares of base fabric. These dimensions include ¼” seam.
Cut two 7” x 7” squares of accent fabric. These dimensions include ½” seams.
Cut two 6” x 6” squares of cotton batting.
Cut out two sets of 4” tall numbers, 0 0 1 2, of applique fabric.
Note: I made paper stencils of these numbers using my Cricut Machine. If you do not have a cutting machine, you can work in Microsoft Word and use scissors to cut out the numbers to create a stencil.
Pin the appliqué numbers 0 1 (0 2) to the 7” x 7” accent fabric square. Appliqué stitch around the numbers to attach them to the fabric. Fold and iron accent fabric at ½” border.
Place 6” x 6” batting under accent fabric with ½” border folded around batting. Center and pin the batted appliqué to the 12 ½” x 12 ½” base fabric that will be the front of the pillow. Sew the batted appliqué with both 1/8” and ¼” seams to attach to the base fabric. Pin and sew decorative trim around batted appliqué.
Note: Do not cut the decorative trim into separate pieces. Keep the trim as one continuous piece around the batted appliqué.
Place the completed 12 ½” x 12 ½” front piece with the 12 ½” x 12 ½” back piece of base fabric facing each other. Sew ¼” seam around, leaving a 2 – 3” opening. Refer to the diagram above for the 2 – 3” opening specifics. Reinforce the stitching on either side of the opening by sewing over the last few stitches. Use the opening to flip the fabric correct side out.
Iron the pillow with the front side facing down. Sew ½” seam around leaving the same 2 – 3″ opening as before. Add stuffing through the space and complete the ½” seam. Complete the outer seam by hand (blind stitch) at the opening.
You’re done! Now you have two beautiful and meaningful wedding pillows to give the newlyweds!
Don’t miss out on the other posts in our wedding season series!
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