Julie’s Wedding: Part Deux “Bring a flower”

We’ve gone full circle this month chronicling Julie’s Wedding: We’ve been to to her shower, seen her outdoor vows, and now we finish the series with a flower πŸ™‚

Jules’s wedding invitation not only specified to dress “comfortable” for the outdoor venue, it also stated to “bring a flower”…Rose, Lily, real, fake, it didn’t matter. Just bring a flower, please.

I could’ve just “borrowed” one from my neighbor’s yard like any self-respecting poor person would do, but what’s the fun in that? I’m sure no one else would MAKE their flower, so my flower would be extra special!

I knew exactly where to start..

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My fabric scraps (The small ones) πŸ™‚

I choseΒ  a couple prints, just in case I messed one up…

I loosely followed this tutorial from “SnowyBliss” blog (it’s awesome! check it out). This tutorial specified to use fabric that was 4.5″ wide… I only had these scraps that were about 2-something” wide so I just sewed them together. She sewed a gathering stitch down the middle (of her 4.5″ wide fabric) using her sewing machine.Β  I sewed my 2 scraps together on a Serger.

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Put your 2 needle tensions at 9. Put your straight stitch at its highest setting (5, typically).

Then I sewed them together

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You’ll never gather on a sewing machine again! πŸ™‚

You’ll notice that I sewed these right sides together… that is typically the “rule” whenever you’re sewing anything; however, there’s always an exception to the rule πŸ™‚ Wouldn’t cha know, THIS project is an exception to the rule. I’m glad I had other scraps…

Before I sewed the new scraps (wrong sides) together I decided to pay just a little more attention to the tutorial πŸ˜€ I read ahead and she sewed “scallops” on her fabric before she gathered them.

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Why NOT let the machine do all the work for you when you have that option?

Instead of “winging” a scallop on the fabric with a straight stitch, I just used this. Of course, I wanted to test it out first since I seemed to be making every mistake imaginable with this project so far!

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That’ll do.

So, wrong sides together, I sewed this down one side of the scraps. Then, I cut as closely to the scallop as possible to give it that “petal” look. Then, I gathered the other side using the same serged stitch above.

Next, I had to find a stick πŸ™‚

Then, following the tutorial, I hot glued the fabric onto the stick and shaped it into a flower… This proved to be more difficult than “Snowy Bliss” makes it look. :-/

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See the scallops on the topΒ  edge?

I, literally, finished this about 2 minutes before I walked out the door. This pic was taken in the parking lot πŸ™‚ It doesn’t look as good as the SnowyBliss Fabric Flowers… but it’ll have to do.

I gave my flower to one of the wedding attendants, who kinda looked at me weird πŸ™‚ I was dying to know what Jules was going to do with her awesome collection of flowers… and I soon found out.

When Jules and David walked down the aisle and into their crowd of friends, Jules’s “attendants” each gave her a different flower that was collected from all her guests.

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It’s the bouquet!

How clever! What a fun idea… and what an effective way to save money on a florist bill! πŸ˜‰

The remaining flowers were put to use as centerpieces on the reception tables.

My flower made it to table #1 πŸ™‚

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Julie is one of my best friends. I totally love her and I’m so happy that she’s found happiness with David. They’re a fantastic couple and I know they’re going to enjoy spending a lifetime together.

This flower may be the end of Julie’s “mini-series” but I know that I’ve had a lot of fun with this. I’m going to have to incorporate more into my humble little blog. Stay tuned πŸ™‚

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