How to make wedding invitations with a sewing machine #Invitation Porn#crafty wedding#custom invitations#diy invitations#invitations#postcard February 24 | Guest post by Elizabeth Jancewicz Elizabeth created wedding invitations that are gonna make you crafty folks get your DIY-crazed brains all in a tizzy. This is what happens when a sewing machine meets stationery. I got this idea from an art show I had. I used hand-made stencil prints as my invite postcards, and I noticed that the people who received them and came to the show treasured them more, kind of like a little gift for my guests. Plus, I REALLY want everyone on my guest list to show up, so maybe this will encourage them (or guilt them, haha) to come! First, I drew up a small invitation, RSVP info, gift registry and contact info cards, and photocopied them on tinted paper (x 250). Here those are, cut and folded, in neat little bundles. Here is a close-up of the base of one of my invites. I bought several packs of printed scrapbook card stock sized to large index cards (already cut). My mom is a big sewer and she gave me free-rein of her sewing room — complete with machine, tons of neat fabric, ribbons, and lace. So, I then sewed cloth pockets with ribbon or lace onto each card, then glued our venue directions onto the back. I put them together, assembly line-style, with my dad's help. We tucked the invite wording paper into the pocket, then used small paper clips to attach the RSVP info card to the outside of the pocket (the ribbon or on the edge of the pocket). [related-post]We don't have a colour theme for our wedding (mostly just "as colourful as possible") so it was fun to to make sure THAT theme stayed with the invites by making each and every single one COMPLETELY different! Though some have similar themes together, as you'll see… Invitations with all different colours of card stock. The envelopes were simply colourful card stock folded in half and sewn up along the edges. I also added a strip of paper or sometimes ribbon to make them a little more elegant. To make the envelopes, I just folded colourful card stock in half and added a strip of leftover card stock (or in some cases, ribbon) for an extra touch of colour, and used a sewing machine to sew them shut. Though, I am a little worried that guests won't know how to open them! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Elizabeth Jancewicz Elizabeth and her future husband are a bit of a mini creative team: he's a piano player/song writer and, when she's not teaching art, Elizabeth goes on tour with him, playing and singing and doing an entire oil paintings during the set. Their plan is to do that full-time after their wedding this summer. http://elizabethjancewicz.wordpress.com/ PREVIOUS Emma & Jon's sandy, handfasting, Celtic wedding celebration NEXT Emily & Joshua's vintage, naval, beach wedding Toggle comments [ 11 ] lol I love that your cat is sitting on them saying "all these are mine now" These are super adorable. Awesome idea 12 agree Reply holy WOW. I mean… WOW!!! That is just.. way awesome. I don't even… WOW! 1 agrees Reply I love these. Highly original, creative, personal and invidual. Amazing x 1 agrees Reply Wow. I think my brain just exploded a little. Why didn't I think of this?! Beautiful!! 1 agrees Reply I love these SO MUCH! Great, great job! 1 agrees Reply Hahaha! I love the photo of the cat sitting on all the invites. Yeah, that happens at our house quite a bit Your kitty even looks like our Emmie! Reply Wow! These are amazing! Awesome job. 1 agrees Reply They really are something to treasure. I got an owl on my stationary and it made me feel very very happy! 2 agree Reply I saw this idea and instantly loved it. I'm getting married next September but after seeing this awesome invite idea, I made a beeline for fabric store. So AWESOME! Reply I'm making invitations for my sister's wedding and I'd love to incorporate some of your incredible ideas! Could you tell me how much the postage was? Thanks!! Reply can you please tell me how much it cost you to mail these? i think i would mail them in normal envelopes, but idk how much weight the fabric would add. Would it take more than two or three stamps? Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.