As June comes to a close, we’re wrapping up the month with some final DIY projects that are perfect for weddings (or any special celebration). I’ve always loved the tradition of guest books- they are such a thoughtful way to connect with the couple getting married, considering that you rarely have time to speak with them one-on-one during the wedding. Rather than traditional paper guest books, our DIY intern, Kelly, thought it would be fun to leave out a typewriter and some simple muslin fabric, which guests can easily type on. Then after the wedding the couple- or their wedding party- can cut the notes out and quickly sew them onto a beautiful patterned fabric (or even a handkerchief) to frame and display the notes for safekeeping. I hope this idea will inspire some special post-wedding memories that let any couple re-live their big day again and again. xo, grace
2. Muslin or canvas (cut to fit inside the typewriter)
3. Frame (we used a shadowbox frame from Ikea)
5. Decorative fabric
6. Colorful thread
7. Sewing Machine
1) To begin, cut muslin or canvas into pieces measuring 8.5″x11″.
2) Using tape, attach pieces of fabric to sheets of paper. The paper facilitates feeding the fabric through the typewriter.
3) Type wedding wishes!
4) Once your wishes have filled the pages, cut and arrange them to your liking on a background fabric. Make sure you have enough background fabric to stretch around and adhere to the back of your frame’s mounting board.
5) Attach wishes to background fabric using contrasting thread (We used a zigzag stitch.)
6) Frame and hang.