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Tutorial: Something small for the bride

Well, these fabric tissues could be basically to anyone, but my original idea came from situation, when I was thinking something to give for a bride. Something that she could save afterward. Something small. I have fabric tissue in my jewellery box and I have my real pearl necklace to tided inside it, so it doesn't get injuries from other jewelry. So this is how the idea started to create inside my head.

So  you'll need basic white cotton fabric, collar shirt fabric is a one option. Lace ribbon of your choice and about 40 seed pearls and sawing yarn. My tissues are side 19x19cm (7,5 inches), but that's optional. You need about 45cm (18 inches) of lace ribbon. Yes, it's more then sides are together, but you'll need extra for corners and for starting and finishing. You could consider to wash the fabric before sawing, because it can shrink.

Fold the side to three, as narrowly you can. Then start to saw it from first corner, with small stitches to end of the side. When you got first line done, run the seam between your fingers so yarn will straight and it doesn't pull from anywhere. The seam of the side of fold will be covered with lace later. So it's the back side. By the way, be careful that you have clean hands while working! In the corner, fold the start of the side to three and saw two to three time around the open side of the folded corner. Go around whole fabric like this. Check the back side time to time.

I think my the best tip at this time is, don't cut the lace ribbon before you've sawed it to tissue! You will save so much ribbon that way. Or in the worst case if you cut it before, you end up to have too little of it. You really can't end and start it again and make it look clean. Put ribbon to the back side, the way that lines of fold and ribbon are even. Don't fold the ribbon. Just start to saw. I added a pearl at every time I there was line in the ribbon.

In the corner with ribbon, saw to the end and line up it with the next side. You should have a little bit of ribbon in the corner. Put needle into that extra ribbon from next to fabric and do one stitch to second side.

Fold the extra ribbon and press it with your thumb. It's easier to hold it the way, that you thumb is to middle of the work. This just was easier for picture. Then saw the pile of ribbon and keep sawing the side like you've done. Do all sides. In last corner, cut the ribbon, but leave about thumb wide amount of it for ending. Do the end corner now like earlier, but fold it the way that the head of the cut ribbon is now inside of the pile. While ending go saw to pack and saw the lenght of three or four pearls and do those second time, for firm finishing. Some one with accurate eye, can see that in the final picture, the color of pearls is changed. For time reasons, I did only the part for photos at this time.

These are tested in action. My friend had it folded around the bouquet, so it was kind of hidden, around stalks. Brides don't usually have pockets, they really can't pick it up from neckline middle of the ceremony, or even view has purses, it's not that smooth, to start to look tissue from it. So it worked. Fabric one is many ways better then paper one. First of all it can take more tiers to itself and it doesn't change to wet ball of paper. Something that isn't bridal at all. Plus it's cute thing to have and something nice, simple and small to save for memory.  For close brides, I've also made little satin back for it and there was usually something more to suprise her. But about that in other time. @FromMadeByMeri

P.S. I'm starting in my Twitter Meri's almost dayly tips for crafting. I have things to say, but so many of those are too short for actual post about it.


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