How to make wedding invitations with a sewing machine

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.

craftyinvite10 alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)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!

cut and folded in neat little bundlesFirst, 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.

sewed cloth pockets with ribbonHere 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.

craftyinvite04I 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).

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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…

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craftyinvite11The 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.

sewnenvelopes3 alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)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!

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Comments on How to make wedding invitations with a sewing machine

  1. 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!

  2. They really are something to treasure. I got an owl on my stationary and it made me feel very very happy!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!!

  5. 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?

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