My sister celebrated her 30th birthday at the beginning of October and I wanted to do something extra special for her big bash. Since Laura loves printed invitations and calligraphy, I decided to make the party invitations for her instead of doing an evite. And, since I’m obsessed with fabric, I managed to incorporate that too!
During one of my many fabric shopping trips, I came across this gorgeous corduroy fabric from Colorado Fabrics and knew that it would be perfect for her fall party. That was really my jumping off point and inspiration for the invitations.
I hired Kelle Anne McCarter of Designsgirl for the invitation calligraphy and then I designed the rest of the invitation myself using Adobe Illustrator. I had the invitations printed by The Print Connection on Speckletone Kraft paper by French Paper that I purchased at Donahue Paper Emporium. To complete the invites, my sister did the envelope calligraphy on matching green envelopes (also from Donahue’s).
This is such a simple DIY, it doesn’t really require a tutorial. However, I wanted to share some tips that I found to be helpful.
To adhere the fabric to the cards, I sprayed SpraynBond Basting Adhesive (Affiliate Link) on the back of the cards and then laid them out onto my fabric, wrong sides together. I found that the basting spray adhesive really helped when it came time to sew. Then I used my rotary cutter to cut out the cards. This was much easier than cutting the fabric out first and then attaching it to the card.
Next, to sew around the edge of the card with gold thread, I used a standard needle with a longer stitch length. I had heard a tip before that it’s good to use a denim needle when sewing paper, but I thought the holes were obnoxiously large with the denim needle and the standard one worked perfectly for me.
I think they turned out so pretty! And, even more important, the birthday girl loved them!
Photo Credit | Laura Murray Photography
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