I Love Love a Vendor Dinner Party

A few weeks back I invited a few lovely vendor friends over for a lovely dinner, business talk and lots of wine!  I threw together a lovely little picnic set up using a piece of plywood set on cinderblocks and a standard drop cloth I painted inspired by the mud cloth I set atop the table.  I only snapped a few before photos, but it was a lovely evening under the Indian Summer moonlight.  

DIY Mud Cloth Picnic Blanket
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DIY Ribbon Clutch

All you DIY go-getting brides, I've been holding this one for awhile, but now, but I finally did this fabulous DIY ribbon clutch the justice it deserved, or more accurately, photographer, Caitlinn Ramsden, did it the justice it deserves.  I stumbled upon the inspiration for this bag on Pinterest years ago, and I thought it was so beautiful that I had to recreate it.  The way the ribbons flow when you move is like a ballet dancer.  This clutch would be an lovely bag to carry on your own wedding, or if you're really ambitious, a fabulous handmade gift for your bridesmaids!  I have mapped out the tutorial for you below, so scroll to lean how to make your own DIY ribbon clutch.

DIY Ribbon Clutch
DIY Ribbon Clutch

Supplies:

  • Leather or fabric
  • zipper
  • a variety of ribbon (I used 5 different ribbons), I should also note that I used the fancy silk ribbon, which gives beautiful movement 
  • Scissors
  • sewing machine
DIY Ribbon Clutch Supplies

Step 1: fold the leather in half and cut to size, matching the length of the zipper.  My clutch is 12" x 8" finished, so the measurements of the folded piece below is 12 1/2" x 9" to allow for seam allowances.  

DIY Ribbon Clutch

Step 2: unfold the leather and pin and sew the zipper to one side, right sides together.

DIY Ribbon Clutch

Step 3: Fold right sides out and sew the other side of the zip, right side to right side as shown below. 

DIY Ribbon Clutch Tutorial

Step 4: Lay out your ribbons.  Line them up with the edge of the leather on the side with the zipper head and leave a tail on the opposite side.  My ribbons are laid out on an angle starting from right under the zipper and angle down about an inch on the right side.  

DIY Ribbon Clutch Tutorial

Step 5: Start with the bottom ribbon and pin and sew the top to the body of the clutch, leaving a long tail.

DIY Ribbon Clutch Tutorial

Step 6: pin the other side with the same ribbon in the same position, but cut the tail, so it's even with the body of the bag.

DIY Ribbon Clutch

Step 7: do the same for the other for ribbons.  Leave the tail of every other ribbon long on each side of the bag.  So the side shown below has long tails on the second and fourth ribbons and the other side of the bag has long tails on the first and third ribbons.

DIY Ribbon Clutch Tutorial

Step 8: Turn the bag inside out and sew along the edge with the out the tails.  Then on other side, be sure the tails are left out and the short ribbons tucked in and sew that side.  

DIY Ribbon Clutch Tutorial

Step 9: Turn right side out.  Trim the threads and tack zipper if necessary. 

DIY Ribbon Clutch Tutorial

and take it out on the town! 

DIY Ribbon Clutch

DIY Instagram Sign

Today I have a super duper easy DIY from the wedding I shared last week, simple and cheap instagram signs.  Every couple these days wants to get the word about their wedding hashtag, right?  Well, This simple DIY will help you do just that, with an affordable way to sprinkle reminders around the party for guests to tag those photos as they post.  

DIY Wedding Instagram Signs

I absolutely loved how it layered onto the table. 

DIY Wedding Instagram Signs

Supplies: 

  • Ikea Tolsby Frames
  • Gold spray paint (or color of your choice)
  • Chalk pen
DIY Instagram Wedding Signs

Step 1: Remove the plastic windows (there are 2, but you only need one) and spray paint the frame.

Step 2. Print your sign 4"x6", I made this simple design using fonts the couple used through out the wedding details. 

Step 3. Trace the design onto one of the plastic windows. 

DIY Instagram Wedding Signs

Step 4. Insert the plastic window back into the frame and you're done!  So simple! 

DIY Instagram Wedding Signs

Four Brides who MADE Their Dress

As a person who knows her way around a sewing machine and makes clothes for herself on a regular basis, I have mad respect for these four brides who made their own dress!  Incredible!  The ultimate wedding DIY!  

From the bride above:

The biggest DIY was the gown, and being a procrastinator (perfectionist?!) I waited until I had no other option but to make my own gown as the wedding was 3 weeks away and I didn’t have anything to wear yet! My expectations were too high (can’t a girl just get a Marchesa around here?!), and a creative drive from running on pure stress… my mother, sister, and I all tag teamed the idea and went from there! I sketched out what I wanted, hunted for fabric, and went to the fabric store with an idea, $200, and a wedding in 3 weeks. We bought a pattern to work from and ended up ditching it last minute to make our own, custom-fit pattern. I still don’t know how it turned out the way it did… After we made the lining of the dress together I went to work creating the bodice, I stitched together pieces of beaded lace I hand cut to my desired pattern and meticulously added/ hand stitched the entire top half of my dress. I then continued to just guess on how to create the bottom half of my dress, and before I knew it, I had something to try on. Working Monday-Friday and planning every other detail of the wedding, I only had the weekends and occasional evenings to work on my dress. In a matter of 3 weekends, one over nighter and an hour the day of the wedding, I had a finished champagne gold colored, beaded gown that was my very own design, craft, and doing. I am still in shock, doubt I can pull that off again, but it makes for a great story. - See more on 100 Layer Cake.

While the bride above didn't sew her whole gown, she found pieces from various everyday internet retailers to create the perfect look.  More from her:

I also assembled my dress from various vendors from the internet–a handmade tulle skirt paired with a dress from ASOS and satin ribbon from Michael’s. I couldn’t find the perfect gold shoes so these are gold-leafed J. Crew flats.  See more on Ruffled.

The bride pictured above took the DIY to a new level, including the entire dress, shoes and bouquet!  More on her look from the photographer, Gia Canali:

Jillian made her own dress, including the pattern for it. She deconstructed a vintage dress to create a pattern for the bodice (the green part); sewed that, and then crocheted doilies madly for three weeks straight. She used over two miles of crochet yarn. Apparently they were still working on the dress the morning of the wedding (!) and Jillian had to be sewn into it, Project Runway style.

She found her heels at David’s Bridal and had them dyed, then used a pair of vintage earrings that belonged to a friend (via the friend’s grandmother) as shoe clips. Such a clever way to sass up your outfit and make it your own!  See more at 100 Layer Cake.

This bride not only sewed her dress with her mom, but she is standing in her drop-dead-gorgeous venue, which is actually her grandparent's cattle barn.  And her sister, Bethany Small,  photographed the event!  See more on Style Me Pretty

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DIY Disco Ball Garland

Today I have a super-duper easy DIY to share with y'all.  Monday I let the cat out of the bag that I love love disco balls.  So I created this garland to showcase that love.  

Supplies

  • disco ball bulbs, (similar)
  • ribbon, thickness depending on the size of the hole at the top of the ornaments
  • scissors

there really is only one step to this tutorial, string the ornaments onto the ribbon.  You'll want the ribbon to be fairly thick compared to the holes at the top of the ornaments, mine was 3/4".

to get the full look, you're going to have to cluster them pretty close together.  I first tried to use these actual mirrored disco ball ornaments, but they were out of stock, which actually turned out to be a good thing, because I think they would have been WAY too heavy, and a lot more expensive.