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Thursday, September 11, 2014

FLOWER GIRL BASKET AND RING BEARER SIGN

Fun...Fun....Fun!!! That's what this project was......

It's been about eight years since I made a flower girl basket (it was for my niece's flower girl) and while I've made plenty of ring bearer pillows over the years, the new trend for the ring bearer(s) to carry a sign announcing the bride was a new treat for me!

I know everyone doesn't have the luxury of having flower girls and ring bearers for their wedding, but I think those little people add so much charm to the wedding!  I was fortunate to have my niece for my flower girl 31 years ago, but didn't know of any little boys to be a ring bearer. :(

Let me share with you what I was able to create for these little characters.......
I stumbled on a closeout of Easter baskets at my favorite JoAnn fabric store....even better, since the store is moving (closer to me...yay!!) there was an additional 33% off the outrageously discounted price. Score!!    The bride shared a couple of ideas with me and I went to town from there....I love the fact that this bride just shared concepts with me and then let me create from there.  It gives me that creative license that I love!

I first lightly spray painted the basket with some white spray paint that I had since I wasn't sure if the pastel colors (sorry, I forgot to take a pic of it before I got started.) might show through the fabric I planned to cover it with.  Once dry, I went to work folding and pinning the fabric up and around the basket to the inside.  When I had everything the way I wanted, I used the glue gun to hold everything into place.


Finally, I gave it some extra style with trim, bows, and ribbon to match the bridesmaids' dresses.  The rhinestone trim for the handle and an asymmetrical lace trim accent across the front of the basket added the final touches.

As for the ring bearer sign...again, the bride sent me a couple of ideas for the style of  the sign; it helped me to understand what she wanted in the way of color and shape, plus the actual phrasing.  She wanted one phrase for the processional and another phrase for the recessional.  Clever, huh?  So, the sign is actually double sided.


The Bride was specifically looking for the sign to be made of a white material, with the double pointed bottom.  I decided to use a white duck cloth; it was a nice crisp fabric, which was also thick enough so the writing on the reverse side would not show through the front.

I used my Silhouette cameo machine to create the script and then cut the design from a black heat transfer vinyl.   After I ironed the design/phrase to the fabric, I finished sewing the banner together.   I found an inexpensive silver curtain rod to attach it to, which was perfect since the bride's accent color was silver.

I have a blast finding just the right fonts to use for my projects.   I really love the font I used for  "Here She Comes". It's called Maratre.  I download many of my fonts from dafont website.  They're free and the selection is extensive.

For the finishing touch, I chose to add some ribbon streamers on either side of the banner and then added some ribbon curls and large sequins to add some fun to the "flip side".

Here's the final look......isn't it cute?  She has two ring bearers, so they'll be one on each end.  Can't wait to capture those pics!

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