Fabric Details: The Guestbook

Our love for fabrics doesn’t just stop at wedding invitations. There are so many beautiful and creative ways to incorporate your invitation fabric into your wedding details. We’ve shared with you ideas for using the fabric for bridesmaids clutches and bowties, but what about something that everyone can enjoy: the guestbook!

If you’re a traditional bride, you’ll love these guestbooks from scatoli.

floral fabric wedding guestbook to perfectly match your fabric wedding invitations!

For the more adventurous bride, how about bunting wedding guestbook from PostmansKnock?

fabric wedding guestbook to match your fabric wedding invitations!

And for the bride who truly thinks outside the box, FYAfabricart offers something beautiful and unique: the Guestbook Quilt!

A wedding guestbook in the form of a quilt! Use the same fabric you used for your wedding invitations!

You and your love can cuddle up with this for years to come.

DIY : Fabric Scrap Letters

As you might imagine, we just may have some extra fabric laying around our studio, and if you do, too, here’s a fun DIY that’s simple yet packs a big, beautiful punch! DIY Scrap Fabric Letter Decoration by Blue Magpie Invitations.
Depending on the fabrics you choose, your project can be anything from the centerpiece of an awesome wedding dessert table, to baby nursery decor, to a welcoming wreath on your front door. You can even get ambitious and try for a monogram or perhaps a whole name!

Handmade Fabric Monogram by Blue Magpie Invitations.
Keep reading for step-by-step instructions on how to make your own fabric scrap letter. Our “B” is 24” X 15”, and we’ve given you materials and quantities based on this letter. You can adjust your materials and make yours bigger, smaller, or skip the letter altogether and make a heart or other shape instead!

MATERIALS WE USED:

  • 20” X 30” X ½” foam board (available at Michael’s or other craft store)
  • ~ 1 yard of a neutral fabric (we used a sand-colored linen) to cover the letter form
  • ~ 3 yards total of coordinating fabrics torn or cut into squares and rectangles (we used five different fabrics plus a lace)
  • ~ 7 yards of 1.75″ wide lace ribbon (you can use whatever ribbons you have on hand, a mix of different colors is fun, too!)
  • serrated knife (serrated is better at “sawing” through the foam board)
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • a strong glue (like E6000)
  • ruler
  • thumbtacks

Handmade Scrap Fabric Letter tutorial by Blue Magpie Invitations.
DIRECTIONS:

STEP ONE: Cut out your letter. The simplest way to do this is to sketch your letter onto the foam board with a pencil. Don’t worry too much about getting it absolutely perfect as the letter will be covered in fabric and then adorned with scraps. Another option, if you have access to Illustrator and a printer, is to open a document as large as your printer will print and then make your letter as large as you’d like. If your letter is bigger than the printable area, move it around on the artboard and print it out in sections. Make sure to overlap some portions of the letter, so it will be easy to piece and tape the individual pages together on your foam board.

DIY Scrap Fabric Letter Tutorial by Blue Magpie Invitations.
Once your letter form is on your board, carefully cut the letter out with a serrated knife using a gentle sawing motion.

STEP TWO: Tear or cut your fabrics and ribbons. I love to use linen or printed cotton for this project because they are the easiest to tear and you get lovely, frayed edges. All you do is make a small snip with your scissors and rip away! If you’re using a different type of fabric or ribbon that doesn’t tear so well, just cut. First, tear or cut the neutral fabric you are using to cover the letter into approximately 3” wide strips. Next, tear or cut the other fabrics or ribbons into various square and rectangular sizes. Keep them somewhere in the 3” to 4” range, but aim to vary them a little bit. These absolutely do not need to be perfect! In fact, it’s better if there’s a lot of variation because it will allow each fabric to show through when they are layered.

DIY Fabric Letter by Blue Magpie Invitations.
STEP THREE: Wrap your letter. Take your neutral fabric strips and wrap the foam letter. There’s no nifty trick or secret to this; just start wrapping and aim to cover the entire letter, overlapping the fabric strips where needed. Use thumbtacks to keep the fabric in place.

Handmade Fabric Letter DIY by Blue Magpie Invitations.
STEP FOUR: Group your fabric swatches. Gather your swatches in groups of three or four and layer them on top of each other. Make sure to rotate the pieces so that they are not all lined up perfectly. Pin them together with a tack.

DIY Fabric Letter Monogram by Blue Magpie Invitations.
STEP FIVE: Pin the fabric layers to your letter. Starting from one corner, start tacking your fabric swatches to your foam letter. Squeeze a little dab of glue for each tack as you pin it down. As you move along, pin each new bundle of fabric close to the previous bundle.

How to make your own fabric letters. Tutorial by Blue Magpie Invitations.
The closer you pin each bundle, the more dense your fabric letter will be (and the more fabric you’ll need). At a minimum, keep your pins close enough that fabric folds keep your thumbtacks hidden. Keep pinning fabric bundles until the front of your letter is completely covered.

DIY Scrap Fabric Letter by Blue Magpie Invitations.

Voila! And there you have it, your very own fabric scrap letter! And if you’d like a little help getting started, we’ve put together some DIY kits in our Etsy shop with beautiful color-coordinated bundles of fabric and ribbon to get you that much closer to having a personal, handmade addition to your home or event!