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Oh Happy Day favour pin

Add some old-worlde festivity with these fun rosette pins. They make great favours to hand out at either your ceremony or reception, or could even serve as a boutonniere for your groomsmen and ushers.

Oh Happy Day favour pin materials

You will need:

  • ‘Oh happy day’ free printable
  • Satin ribbon
  • Brooch backs
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Double-sided tape
  • Iron

Before you start, download Akimbo’s ‘Oh Happy Day’ free printable. Print onto the thickest paper you can fit through your printer and cut out.

Atypical Type A - Oh Happy Day favour pin tutorial 1

1. Cut the ribbon into equal lengths. Fold in the quarter on each end and iron flat. Add a strip of double-sided tape on the underside and fold in flaps to secure.

2. Layer each folded ribbon in a circle.

Atypical Type A - Oh Happy Day favour pin tutorial 2

3. Carefully pick up the rosette and pierce the centre with the needle and thread.

4. Continue until the ribbons are secured in the rosette shape.

Atypical Type A - Oh Happy Day favour pin tutorial 3

5. Turn over and sew on the brooch back.

6. Stick the badge in the centre of the ribbon rosette with some double-sided tape.

Oh Happy Day favour pin 2

Photography by Alicia Parsons (The Atypical Type A)

Ms Gingham says: I didn’t realise rosettes were that simple to make. I imagine you could get lots of different looks with various textures and widths of ribbon. You could even combine different ribbons for a different effect. Thanks Alicia!

I am Alicia Parsons, the Atypical Type A. I live in Adelaide, South Australia in a modest townhouse with my new hubby Ryan (aka The Man). I am the owner and graphic designer behind Akimbo, which specialises in quirky invitations, announcements and greetings.

Click here for more inspiration from Alicia.

This is a DIY sewing project to make a tea bag wallet, a perfect gift for a Kitchen Tea present.

Materials

Piece of fabric for the exterior, 21cm x 30cm
Piece of fabric for the interior, 21cm x 30cm Fusible interfacing, 21cm x 30cm (optional)
Fancy button or fabric covered button
22cm Ribbon or Lace trimming
Small press stud
Thread
Sewing Machine

Instructions

Step 1: If using, iron interfacing onto the wrong side of the fabric you are using for the exterior of the wallet.

Step 2: Pin right sides of interior and exterior fabrics together. Use your sewing machine to join with a 1cm seam allowance around both long edges and one short edge leaving an open pocket.

Step 3: Turn the pocket inside out, and iron flat, folding the open edges in and pressing closed.

Step 4: With the interior fabric facing you, fold the bottom of the rectangle up 7cm and press flat. Pin in this position and tuck your ribbon into the open seam at the new halfway point.

Step 5: Using your sewing machine, top-stitch around the outside edge of the rectangle leaving a 0.5cm gap from the edge. Close the pocket up, securing the folded flap and the ribbon at the same time.

Step 6: To create a tri fold that closes neatly, measure, fold and press your wallet into three sections. The section on the very right should be a little smaller than the middle and left sections to ensure the wallet closes nicely. Once pressed, use your machine to stitch on the folds starting and finishing on the inside edge of the top stitching from step 5.

Step 7: Turn the wallet over and sew on by hand one half of your press stud to the front middle edge of the wallet.

Step 8: Make sure the ribbon is the correct length to reach the press stud when wrapped around the closed wallet, trim if necessary. Sew button onto the end of the ribbon on the “front side” and the other half of the press stud onto the underside.

 

Step 9: Fill with the bride’s favourite teas and give as a special gift on her kitchen tea.

Images by Dandi

Ms Gingham says: This is such a cute idea. Use your imagination and you can customize it to suit any taste if your bride is not a tea drinker. How about filling the pockets with perfume sample bottles or soaps and lotions to name a few?

DANDI is a Sydney based design house specialising in the design of modern Australian fabric and tableware. The Dandi team is a group of trained industrial designers with a passion for beautiful and functional objects. Our aim is to share this passion through the creation of a range of modern and unique everyday products.

More great inspiration by Dandi here.

photo booth Ryan & Alicia

Wedding trends come and go, but I still can’t get enough of photo booths. Here’s how I created a fun one for my brother’s engagement party.

frames materials

Buy some daggy framed pictures from your local op shop (look for ones with a nice moulded shape).

frames after

Remove the canvases. Lay frame in a cardboard box or on top of newspaper and spray on a couple of coats of your chosen colour.

photo booth setup

For the backdrop we bought some inexpensive fabric (polka dots, naturally). I used a backdrop frame (hired from Mary & Gabrielle Events in Adelaide) but you may have a suitable structure such as a wall or pergola to attach it to. Place a camera onto a tripod, attach a remote and have someone stand in front of it so you can get the height and framing right, then you’re all set!

You’re sure to get some really great shots of your friends and family.

Photography by Alicia Parsons (The Atypical Type A)

Ms Gingham says: Truly a simple process! With a little imagination you can use this concept for all sorts of events … I’m thinking kid’s (big and small) birthday parties for a start!

I am Alicia Parsons, the Atypical Type A. I live in Adelaide, South Australia in a modest townhouse with my new hubby Ryan (aka The Man). I am the owner and graphic designer behind Akimbo, which specialises in quirky invitations, announcements and greetings.

Click here for more inspiration from Alicia.