DIY Weddings: Something for the Groom

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Due to the popularity of our DIY Wedding‘ season, we thought we’d get some celebrity crafters involved in the festivities. ‘Something for the Groom’ has been imagined, designed and handcrafted by last year’s Great British Sewing Bee winner, Charlotte Newland. Here’s her step-by-step project to create a pocket square and buttonhole for the lucky guy’s big day.

“All too often, the gentlemen get overlooked for handmade wedding projects. But with THREADS printable fabric, you can make beautifully coordinating accessories for all the members of the wedding party!” – Charlotte Newland

THREADS Pocket Square

You Will Need:

1. First, create your design. I used photo editing software to combine a photo of lace with some text, but you can use any image you like – perhaps one of the happy couple themselves! Resize the image to 10 inches square and then use your software to print it at full size across two sheets of A4 paper. Print a test copy onto plain paper, then when you are happy you can print it onto the THREADS fabric following the instructions in the pack.

2. Peel the silk away from the paper backing and carefully fold along the centre edge of the design, on one piece only.

3. Using a sewing pin, apply a tiny amount of craft glue along the centre edge of the design on the other piece of silk.

4. Place the folded edge on top of the glued edge so that the design is perfectly aligned. Press with a dry iron to set the glue (this will wash out, so don’t worry).

5. Machine sew along the fold on the reverse of the silk pieces to hold them together permanently.

6. Repeat this process to make the back of the pocket square (I printed a solid colour for mine).

7. Pin the front and back pieces together carefully, matching the printed edges of the design. Sew all around the square, making sure to leave a 4-inch opening for turning. Trim away the excess fabric.

8. Turn the pocket square right-side out through the 4-inch opening, and press carefully. Then, stitch the opening closed by hand. Have fun deciding what fold to use; this is a four-point fold, but there are so many to choose from!

THREADS Buttonhole

You Will Need:

1. First, design your fabric. I used the same lace pattern as the pocket square, but repeated it all over the sheet instead of adding text. Make a test print on paper as before, then print one A4 sheet each of charmeuse and chiffon.

2. Peel the fabric away from the paper backing, and cut into 11.5″ x 2.5″ strips (along the length of the fabric). Each flower uses one strip of each fabric. Fold each strip in half lengthways, right sides out, and sew along the long open edge.

3. Using a hand sewing needle and thread, sew a long running stitch along the stitched edge of the charmeuse strip.

4. Gather the strip into a rosette and tie the ends of the thread to secure. Cut 3 inches off the end of the chiffon strip, then gather it in the same way as the charmeuse.

5. Layer the two rosettes with the chiffon on top, and secure together in the centre using a button.

6. Cut two leaf shapes from floral crepe paper, then use a glue gun to attach a length of floral wire and the leaves to the back of the fabric flower.

“Now the groom can match the wedding theme perfectly!” – Charlotte Newland

Have you been crafting for your DIY wedding? We’d love to see! Send us a photo on Facebook or Twitter, or leave us a comment on the blog below.

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