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Sunday, March 13 2011

It is the monthly Designer Crafts Blog connection and our theme this month is Weddings! The winner of the Cricut Treasure Hunt will also be announced on Julie McGuffee's blog!

For this DC blog hop I created a wedding favor inspired by the classic Wedgwood blue and white although my blue is not a traditional blue. The wedding favor tradition began centuries ago when English aristocrats gave out small gifts to guests to take home from the wedding. These gifts signified good luck which the happy couple passed on to their guests and often it was five pieces of candy or almonds which represented fertility, health, wealth, happiness and longevity. The wedding favor these days can be almost anything from candy gift boxes to tiny plants.

The wedding favors that guests appreciate the most are the ones which are a personal expression of the couple, representing who they are and something they have created together for their guests. In considering this I have created a wedding favor which is handmade from some of my favorite materials to work with, is "green" which is also an important consideration to many young couples. 

The wedding favor I designed is made from National Nonwovens Xotic Bamboo felt. I used Ocean Breeze and Pina Colada. The stuffing used is Fairfields Natur-fil.



These could hang from the chairs with the doves reversed to face each other every pair of chairs.



The felt hearts are cut with Fiscars scallop scissors. The Pina Colada (white) felt heart is cut a 1/4" larger all the way around than the blue. The bird was fused to the felt heart front. A straight stitch is used to embroider the bird's tail feathers. Hot fix pearl studs embellish the tail feathers and create an eye. The hearts are placed together and straight stitched all around the edge, leave small opening and stuff, finish stitching heart shut.



The roses are made with 1/3 " by 4" long strips of felt cut with the scallop scissors, rolled and glued. A hot fix pearl stud is glued in center. Some ribbons tied and layered finish off the favor.

A paper message with the names of the happy couple would finish the favor perfectly! Enjoy the DC connection Blog Hop of forty talented designers! Debra, CEO!

Posted by: Debra Quartermain AT 12:29 am   |  Permalink   |  5 Comments  |  Email
Comments:
Posted by Melony Bradley on 03/13/2011 - 07:21 PM
Wonderful project Debra. Thanks for the background on how the whole "favor" thing got started. I love that you used bamboo felt for this. You are so correct- young couples are esp sensitive to the green factor
Posted by Julie on 03/13/2011 - 09:17 PM
Love the "Wedgwood" look. Josiah would have been very pleased.
Posted by Cherish Flieder on 03/13/2011 - 10:06 PM
Debra, The love and care in this beautiful blue favor is inspirational. Something to cherish for certain!
Posted by eileen hull on 03/14/2011 - 02:13 AM
Debra- I love this! So pretty- that bamboo felt is so nice to work with! Beautiful...
Posted by milkcan on 03/14/2011 - 04:23 AM
How beautiful! All the little details are great!

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Heart + Hands Create Magic. Mimi to 11 Grandlittles, I love to create, decorate and celebrate, sharing joy and inspiration from my heritage five star B & B on the east coast of Canada.

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