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..

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.

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

Then I sewed them together

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.

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!

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. :-/

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.

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™‚


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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