DIY Tutorial: Folksy Wedding Invitation With Ribbon Detail

If you are more thrift store than designer label, Joni Mitchell than Miley Cyrus, flowers in your hair than up do, today I have the invitation for you. It’s a folksy invite and RSVP, with love birds and flowers. The invitation features a gorgeous threaded ribbon detail, giving the set a high end look, without the high end price tag. Follow along with the tutorial below to create this bohemian stationery for your big day.


  • Invitation and RSVP template files
  • Cream card stock
  • A7 Envelope for Invitation
  • 4-bar envelope for RSVP
  • Printer
  • Microsoft Word
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • 3/8" 'Old Gold' grosgrain ribbon
  • Glue stick
  • Tape (optional)
  • 1/8" circle hand punch (found at your local scrapbook/craft store)
  • Corner rounder (found at your local scrapbook/craft store)

Step 1: Download and Print


Download both template files and open in MS Word. Customize with your details. The fonts used in the example are Aerolite CP and Ancillary Bold, which are both available for a free download. Print the files on cream card stock. Trim the print outs along the cut lines.

TIP: Print one of each template first, to give you another chance to proof read, and to get another set of eyes on the text. There is nothing worse than printing 100 copies to then find a spelling mistake.

Step 2: Fold and Glue


Fold the invitation in half, design side out, and apply a small amount of glue to seal it closed. This reinforces the card to handle the stitching.

Step 3: Round Corners and Punch Holes


Using your corner rounder, round the corners of the invitation. Punch holes for the stitching, following the dots on the template. The dots will appear very faint on your screen, but will be easier to see once the template is printed.

Step 4: Begin Threading


Cut 55" of ribbon.

TIP: I added tape to the ribbon ends to reduce fraying whilst threading, and I cut the ribbon at an angle to make a needle like end.

Start at the center bottom to begin threading. Thread one stitch and even the ribbon tails. Continue threading across the bottom of the invitation.

Step 5: Continue Threading and Tie


Stitch up each side and finish at the center top, with the ribbon tails toward the front of the invitation. Tie a bow and trim the ribbon tails to your desired length. Step back and admire your work! The invitation is now ready to be stuffed into an A7 envelope.

Step 6: Complete the RSVP


Print the RSVP on cream card stock. The template yields four RSVPs per sheet. Cut out each RSVP along the trim lines. Round the corners to match the invitation. The RSVP fits in a 4-bar envelope.