DIY Entry #3: Stitched Programs

Get ready everyone, because this month is going to be chock-full of posts, projects, guest bloggers, and DIY fun! We are going to post each and every one of our DIY entries, so be sure to check back throughout each day for all of the projects and send in your own entries to {elizabeth anne designs at gmail dot com} – nothing is too big or too small to inspire other brides!

Today’s first DIY project is from Nicole, who had seen a “dah dum da dum” program online and thought it made for a fun, laid-back intro to the ceremony. She worked closely with a good friend to design her program covers and then DIY’d the rest!

diy stitched program wedding

Instructions for making these gorgeous stitched programs:

1. Once you have your cover and inside pages designed (ours were made to fit four on a standard 8.5 x 11 piece of cardstock) get them cut and printed (saving yourself lots of time and agony). **when designing keep in mind that you will need a larger gutter on the side with the seam.

2. Assemble pages in the order you want and use a few binder clips to keep them in place.

3. Use a decorative stitch and sew the pages together. We had two pieces of cardstock and 4-5 pieces of regular weight paper and my regular sewing machine needle did just fine. I wouldn’t worry about back stitching at the beginning and the end – it should hold pretty well without.

DIY stitched wedding program

4. Fill a small glassine envelope with dried lavender (or rice or whatever you want thrown at you). Tape closed (I used Martha Steward ribbon tape from Michael’s).

diy wedding programs

5. Use rubber cement to glue the glassine envelope to the back inside cover of your program. Design your back inside cover to have a sentence instructing guests what to do with them.

diy stitched programs

finished stitched wedding programs
{This image via Lauren Brooks Photography}