Saturday, March 24, 2012

reminisce |ˌreməˈnis|
verb [ intrans. ] indulge in enjoyable recollection of past events

It's been almost 8 years since I was planning my daughter's wedding.  It was a crazy time with not only a wedding but we moved from our home of 17 years and I was in the middle of doing a book, "Designing With Fabric".  It has been a long time, but if by chance you purchased that book, you might have noticed that most of the projects that I did were wedding related.  Many projects had to do double duty in both the wedding and the book so I could get to all that needed to be done.  One of my favorite projects was Emali's bridal shower invitation.  My sister and niece did the shower but asked if I would help design the invitation.  We all got together to assemble was a lot of fun, and actually went together pretty quick with the three of us working on it.

Here is how the invitation was pictured in the book - 
Please don't notice that 2 hangers in the center are facing backwards....loved this picture, but that always bugged me!

The idea for this came to me in the middle of the night.  I got up, sketched it and went back to bed.  Am I the only one that does that?

You will need:
wire hangers - I got smaller sized hangers from my dry cleaner.  
3 book pages per invitation
small buttons
1/4" ribbon
fabric tag

Cover the hanger with 3 vintage book pages.  I used pages from a vintage wedding etiquette book that I found.  I used a bit of glue stick just to keep them together until the stitching and ribbon ties were done.

Page #1
Covering the left side of hanger

Page #2
The center page

 Page #3
Covering the right side of hanger

Punch 5 holes for ribbon ties

Add ribbon, stitch X's and sew on buttons.  

Up close details....

A tag was slipped into the "pocket" between pages.  It was to be returned to the bride at the shower.  It could contain advice, a quote, or a memory for the bride.  This created a perfect start for a "Bride's Closet" theme carried on through the evening.

The actual information about the shower was printed onto fabric and cut into a tag shape.  We were able to get four per fabric sheet.  Twill tape was used to make a tab at the top and attached with a grommet. 
(The printing on the fabric was quite clear, I have blurred the contact info) 

 The fabric tag was tied to the top of the hanger.

Today I went to another shower for Emali, this time a baby shower.  
After 3 darling girls she is having a boy!!  Congratulations Em!

Have a good weekend,


  1. Absolutely lovely. Thanks for the inspiration, my son is getting married and I will be throwing a shower in few months. I now have great inspiration to draw from.

  2. Such a lovely idea! Congratulations on your new little bundle. I'm sure when she finally arrives, there will be lots of little pink things waiting for her.

  3. Genious invite! The old book pages, ribbon, buttons, tag ... well, the whole dang hanger invite is wunderbar! TFS this awesome project from your book. :)

  4. That was one of my first paper crafting books and I still love it! :)

  5. Love this idea and I Love that book! Look at it all the time!!!