Ribbon Stitch Handmade Wedding Invitation

DIY folksy ribbon stitch wedding invitation | Download & Print

Spring has finally sprung, wildflowers are popping up everywhere in my neck of the woods, I've got the windows open and today I'm feeling all flowers in your hair.

A perfect time for this folksy wedding invitation. The earthy tones and folk art birds and flowers are set off beautifully by the stitched ribbon border. The ribbon is simple to stitch and makes a perfectly complimentary boho statement.

In this tutorial I'm using the invitation and RSVP from my folksy love birds collection. You can use any invitation you think the ribbon will pair well with.

I've made a punch template that you can download using the big green button below. It shows you where to punch the holes for threading, saving you the guesswork to get the holes spaced evenly and can be used on any 5 x 7" invitation.

Once you have the holes punched stitching the ribbon takes very little time, you'll be using a huge tapestry needle and 3/8" ribbon so no fine detail work required. I bet even the most anti-sewing among us can handle this task (hint hint nudge nudge grooms-to-be).

Crank up Janis Joplin on the stereo and have fun with this!

Download FREE Punch Template (.PDF) >


SUPPLIES: Download Free Punch Template

Step 1: Download + Print

DIY handstitch folksy wedding invitation | Download & Print

Download the free punch template and cut around the solid black line. Place this on top of any 5 x 7" invitation and punch out the dots with a 1/8" hand punch.

Make sure the gap is at the top of your invitation.

Download FREE Punch Template (.PDF) >

Step 2: Thread

DIY handstitch folksy wedding invitation | Download & Print

Thread a #16 tapestry needle with about a 32" length of satin ribbon.

Start at the top of the invitation in a hole adjoining the gap. Stitch the ribbon down through the hole, from front of invitation to back, and leave about a 10" ribbon tail. This will be used to tie a bow.

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Step 3: Stitch, Trim + Tie

DIY handstitch folksy wedding invitation | Download & Print

Continue stitching around the invitation using a simple in-and-out stitch.

The last stitch will end up with the ribbon tail toward the front of the invitation.

Remove the needle and trim the invitation tails even.

Tie a bow and again trim the ribbon tails on an angle, this time about in line with the length of your bow loops.

Step 4: Stuff

Folksy love birds DIY wedding invitation | Download & Print

The invitation will fit in an A7 envelope. Also stuff an RSVP card and envelope, plus any other enclosure cards inside your mailing envelope.

If you love the look of the hand stitched ribbon with the folksy feel of our Love Birds invitation collection as seen in this tutorial you can purchase individual templates or a bundle using the big green button below.

View Folksy Love Birds Invitation Collection >


With template love,

Anna Skye | Download & Print

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Anna Skye

Anna Skye designs and shares invitation templates on her blog Download & Print. Her invitation templates can be used by DIY Brides and Hostesses can make their own invitations at home and save money.

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