I had the pleasure of attending the wedding of some good friends this weekend. It was a beautiful ceremony followed by a great reception.
Prior to the wedding, I was asked by the mother of the bride to make some new garland for the couple. After marriage both of their initials will be L.E.P. The second component of this garland are the awesome gnomes. This couple is fabulously quirky, and they love gnomes. (Their cake topper was even a little gnome couple!)
-Die Cut Machine (or letters to trace and cut out)
-Interfacing (Iron on, paper backed)
-Ric Rac (or any ribbon really)
1. I started by cutting all the letters out of felt on my die cut machine (have I mentioned I bought a die cut machine? LOVE IT!) The only mistake I made here was that with these letters, I should’ve used interfacing and doubled up the stiffness of the felt. (I’ll show you how I made it work later.)
2. Iron interfacing to back of gnome fabric.
3. Peel paper layer and iron felt to back of gnomes.
4. Individually cut out each gnome with love and care.
5. Line up gnomes and letters on ric rac allowing extra on the ends to tie the garland.
6. Once I realized my letters were too floppy, I went back and stitched along the bottom of the three letters to hold them together. That got tricky because I had to make sure they were spaced enough apart to not pull and twist each other.
In general, I love the final product. The gnomes really make it though! The bride and groom were so happy with their surprise decor too!
Congratulations, gnomies! Have a great honeymoon!