As soon as Brit knew she was getting married on the beach, she knew that she wanted starfish as a part of the decor. She also loves the birdcage veil and I was happy to help her make one using the same technique I had used to make my own veil for my and Geoff’s wedding. Before you start sewing pull two long “tails” of thread from the needle and bobbin of your machine.Set you machine to the longest stitch possible. Begin sewing along one of the raw (short) edge. Do not back stitch. Make sure you are sewing as one continuous stitch and that the thread does not break.
On the back end, you may notice the netting will start to scrunch up. This is completely ok! In fact, it will help you gather later on.Keep sewing along one of the long edges, then the other raw edge. When you get the the end, do not backstitch. Also leave long tails of thread on this side too.On one end of the fabric, gently pull one of the “tails” while holding on to the netting. This should gather the fabric. Be careful not to break the thread! Keep gathering until everything is tight.Once the veil is fully gathered, tie the two sets of tail into a double knot to keep it from coming undone. Clip the ends of the threads.
Before finishing up, we placed the veil on Brit and made sure everything was laying as we liked it to. We had to tuck up a bit of netting on one side.Take the scrunched up part of the veil and place it under your needle. Sew back and forth over this area several times to create a flat space. Here you can seen the “flat part”.Put a good sized glob of hot glue in this spot and attach your starfish! On the backside, glue down the tops of two alligator clips. (You should be able to buy these little clips at craft stores or on Etsy.)Cut a small piece of felt in a long oval shape like so.Clip the felt into the two alligator clips. Lift up the edge of the felt and apply a small dab of glue. Repeat on the other side. Your beautiful veil is complete!
Our next how-to for Brit and Tim’s kitschy Hawaii wedding is this adorable ring pillow. As it will be a ceremony on the beach, there won’t be too much additional decor, so a bright and colorful pillow to carry the wedding rings was a must. For this project, we used a tan colored fabric (it reminded us of sand!) and used the same fabrics from the bunting we’d already made. Start by cutting out your petal pieces. You will need to pieces of fabric per petal. 8 pieces for a 4-petal flower, or 10 for a 5-petal flower. Cute them out in a U-shape like below. We cut a few different sizes for the different sized flowers.With right sides together, sew around the rounded part of the petal, leaving the flat side open. Clip the rounded edges, then turn the petal right-side out.After you turn the fabric, iron them flat.
Repeat with all of your petals until you’ve made them all! Time to assemble the flowers! Fold the petal in half like so.
Sew a line from about halfway along the fold to the middle of the bottom.Repeat with all of your petals.Stack two petals together face-to-face. With a needle and thread, pie through the two petals. Open them up like you are opening a book.Stack the next petal face-to-face with the previous petal and sew through both like before. Keep going until you’ve attached all petals together. Put the first petal and the last petal together, sort of like closing the loop. Sew through like before, then once more through the next set of petals to keep everything thing secure. Wrap your thread tightly a few times around all the petals.Finally sew through all the layers a few times (from one side to the other) at various angles to secure everything.
Next make your leaves! Cut two leaf-shaped pieces per finished leaf. With right sides together, sew around the outside, leaving one side open. Clip curves, flip right side out, then sew some lines on top like so.
Arrange everything as you like it on the top of one of the 9-inch squares. Pin everything in place.Next, tack on each petal with a few hand-sewn stitches. Stitch the center of each petal to the [pillow top. Be careful to only sew through the bottom layer of each petal to keep your stitches hidden. Also do not stitch too close to edge of the pillow fabric because your will need some seam allowance.Pin back an petals the get close to or extend over the edge of the pillow fabric. You want to make sure you do not sew through anything!With right sides together, pin the two pillow squares together. Then sew around the outside, leaving about 4 inches open so you can turn the pillow right side out. Clip your corners like so, then turn your fabric.
Pin the center of your ribbon to the center of the pillow. Be sure to pin through both layers. Sew and backstitch over the ribbon. You should be sewing through both layers of pillow fabric.Stuff your pillow, then hand-sew the opening shut. All done!Now all that is left to do is tie a couple rings on a walk down the aisle!Isn’t Brit’s ring lovely? So classic, dainty, and beautiful!
As you may have seen in our colorful DIY bunting tutorial, we have an exciting new feature on The Goodness blog! My BFF Brit and her fiancé Tim are planning their destination wedding in Hawaii for this upcoming June! I have known Brit for a little over two years now, but it feels like we’ve know each other forever. We always joke about how we had “friend crushes” on each other when we met while working at Apple, and how we were destined to be besties because we are always finding new ways that we are alike. Our moms are both named Priscilla, how random is that!?
Anywhoo, allI can say is that these two are one of the most adorable couples you will meet. They met on Brit’s very first day at Sacramento State and bonded while while working for the campus radio station, KSSU. The have been dating and generally being awesome together for about 5 years now. They recently bought their first home in Land Park where they are in walking distance from, like a million cool places. (Jealous? Me? Never!) Being as big of Disney fans as we are, Tim even proposed to Brit in front of Snow White’s fountain in Disneyland and they walked around blissfully in their bride and groom Mickey hats for the rest of the day. Awwww!
With the ring on her finger, it was time to start planning their upcoming nuptials! Here are a few words from Brit about her experience planning the wedding.
My fiancé and I decided to get married in Hawaii because of a mutual dream we each had when we visited Hawaii when we were younger, over a decade ago. We both dreamed of getting married on a beach in Hawaii. It was meant to be all those years ago. Planning a destination wedding requires patience and a plan. (I definitely had the latter, patience came with time.) Choosing and communicating with vendors that are far away might not be as simple as vendors in your neighborhood, but as long as communication is open and consistent, you will be happy! I found an amazing team to help with my wedding and am confident that everything will come together on the big day. As you know I am brining my BFF Lisa and Geoff along to photograph the wedding, is there any other choice?
Next I found the venue. I could not be more happy with the gorgeous location for our wedding! We are getting married on the island of Oahu at the gorgeous Kualoa Ranch. Our ceremony will be on Secret Island, where we will be walking down the aisle on the sand and have ocean waves in the background. We will take boats across the fish pond to the ceremony and then take boats back to the reception site.
Before we get much further into the wedding, I am excited to share Brit and Tim’s engagement session! They both wanted to do photos at the beach, to echo their upcoming wedding in Hawaii. They also wanted something very cute and colorful with a fun vintage flair! So we gathered up some fun props and headed out to beautiful sunny Santa Cruz.
We started our session in Capitola, which is just an adorable area with so many colorful houses!Next we headed out to the one place in Santa Cruz you must stop at whenever you go, Marianne’s Ice Cream. A couple of yummy cones will always put you in a good mood!Love this girl, isn’t she adorable?! Next Brit and Tim changed outfits and we headed over the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk with a giant bunch of colorful balloons in hand. I think Tim looks quite dapper in his bow tie!Our last stop of the afternoon was to the beach. The plan was to have a picnic in the sand as a nod to their destination wedding in Hawaii. I love how this setting is undeniable Californian though. It describes the state that is their home and also the place where they are getting married!Hula girl soda anyone?LOVE.Nothing beats being wrapped up in a blanket on the beach while the sun goes down. Simply wonderful.Brit and Tim we love you guys SO MUCH and are SO EXCITED to be a part of your wedding. Readers, stay tuned to the blog as we post more planning details, wedding projects, and how-to’s for Brit and Tim’s big day!
First of all, I’d like to introduce you to my BFF Brit and her charming fiancé, Tim. These two are some of my favorite people in the works and I am SO super excited to be a part of their upcoming destination wedding in HAWAII this June! I’ve been assisting in the wedding planning and we are even more excited to be sharing the last few moths of planning and craftiness on the blog! Be sure to visit often as we keep you updated through our How-To section with lots of fun projects and adventures leading up to the big day. We’ve also designed their Save the Dates and Invitations which we cannot wait to share here as well. We will be designing escort cards, menus, table signs, other signage and more, so it will be fun for you to see a little more into the process of how we create design for weddings. Geoff and I are (of course) photographing the wedding and we could not be more excited! Here is a photo from their super-cute beach engagement session which we will share soon!
Brit and Tim’s wedding is going to be an intimate affair of around 50 loved ones on Oahu at Kualoa Ranch (where LOST, Jurassic Park and more were filmed — I will definitely be geeking out over that!) The decor style of the wedding is “Vintage Hawaii Kitsch”, meaning lots of hula girls and surfer boys, tiki gods, pineapples, bright colors, and fun. It has been so much fun to design for. Our first wedding project was a LOT of bunting. 175 feet to be exact! The bunting will line the aisle at the ceremony and will hang from the edges of the pavilion where the reception will be held. Luckily we know of an easy way to make bunting and are excited to share it with you today! Bunting is a great wedding project because you can re-use it for parties and decor later in your life. Geoff and I made some for our wedding 4 years ago and I have used ours lots of times!Gather 8-12 coordinating fabrics. One yard of fabric will make about 30 feet of double sided bunting. Be sure to get Extra Wide Double Fold bias tape. There are lots of colors out there too! Get some thread to match your bias tape and you’ll need a sewing machine.The key to quick bunting is using a rotary cutter with a pinking blade. This makes cutting a breeze. And because the edges are pinked you can leave them raw. You will need a cutting mat and also have some scissors handy. A metal ruler will help guide you as you cut the triangles, or you can cut a triangle temple from thick mat board. You can download our triangle template here.
Let’s get started! Begin by cutting your fabric into 6″ strips. Fold the fabric in half with selvage edges together, and fold in half again. Cut the folded fabric into 6″ sections using you cutting mat as a guide to make sure your lines are straight.Now all your fabric is in strips!Use our triangle template (you can download it here) to guide your triangle cutting. Lay the top edge of the triangle along the long edge of your strip and the use the rotary cutter to cut along side the template. I cut through about 4 layers of fabric at a time by cutting with a good amount of pressure and a back-and-forth sawing motion. The pinking does not have to be 100% perfect. After you cut one triangle, flip the template upside-down and cut your next triangle. Cut up the whole strip into triangles. If you are better with measurements, you can also use a straight edge to guide your triangle cutting. The tops of the triangles are about 4.5 inches across. Feel free to make them any size you’d like though!
After all of your triangles are cut, lay them out in the order you’d like them to be in your bunting.We put ours in a circle to make them easier to grab as we were pinning them to the bias tape. Time to start pinning! Grab your bias tape and unfold it a little to put your triangle between the layers. If you are using patterned fabric and you want your bunting to be double sided, just put two triangles wrong sides together in the bias tape. Use a pin to keep it in place. We spaced ours about 1.5 inches apart. When you run out of bias tape, simply overlap the next length of tape over the end of the first and pin down. Then keep going until you use up your bias tape or you bunting is the length you desire.Using the longest (normal width zig zag stick on your sewing machine, begin to sew in the middle of the bunting. If you sew with your pins pointing toward the needle they are easy to pull out as you sew along.Here you can see the sewn bias tape. Keep sewing until you get to the end. That’s it!
I can’t wait to see this bunting in action in Hawaii! Stay tuned for more fun projects from Brit and me as we finish planning her wedding!