“Unique” and “Different”

I’m never sure if those words are compliment or not, but they can definitely describe the chair ties/sashes I made.

curly chairs sash

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I came across this sashay yarn (Red Heart-“Conga”) that was a perfect match to our ombre green wedding colors.  After crocheting 150-ish fortune cookie wedding favors, how hard could it be?

Answer–not hard at all, but it does take some time (about 30 TV watching hours) to complete enough ties for our roughly 150 guest chairs.

The curly tie is just a smaller (read less stitches) variation of a scarf pattern (click here for a video tutorial on how to do a scarf: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1b7QAY6JVA).  The only pattern difference is I did only 2-3 loops per ruffle, so they are quite thinner than scarfs.

I just measured how long I wanted them to fall down the back of the chair, made three strands per “tie” and knotted at one end.  Then you slip over your chair band one tie behind and two in front.  You can tie a loose knot with the ties if you like. Shown my picture above is an organza chair tie which is knotted in the back-the sashay curls just cover the organza knot.

Make one ruffle strand at a time–
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Tie three strands (or more or less) together on one end–
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If you don’t crochet (or knit), the same effect is achieved by a loose gather stitch along one edge, then tie off to secure.

Time and Money:

I’m not a lightening fast crocheter, but I could casually complete about 2 each hour while watching football or other TV.

By only doing 2-3 loops per ruffle, I could net about 5 complete chair ties (not individual strands, but the complete tie)  from one skein.  The skein of yarn varies in price from $3 to $5 each.  Not too bad for unique & different.  If you don’t have the time, I sell them here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/203153261/10-custom-curly-chair-ties-wedding-chair?ref=shop_home_active_5 (shameless plug).

They are such pretty ruffles.  I could also see them used as pew decorations, table skirting, gift bows….

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More little things…Bathroom Baskets

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A simple bathroom courtesy basket or tray.  Easy, inexpensive, and a simple way to let guests know you are thinking of them.

Are they necessary? No.  Generally they are not missed if not present.  But if you have about 30 minutes of time to assemble and $5-$20 to purchase some products, your guests will be touched.

Bonus–Can serve double duty as an emergency kit for you & and your bridal party.

 

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What you need:

A tray, a basket, box, pail (etc.) to hold some items

Items (see suggested list below)

A little sign (let them know it is OK to use and that it is from you)

Decor/fabric/flowers (all optional)

Suggested Items:

  • Mints*
  • Hairspray
  • Lotion
  • Aspirin/Tylenol/Ibuprofen*
  • Tums/Rolaids/Anti-acid*
  • Bandaids (various sizes)*
  • Tampons/panty liners
  • Nail file/Emery board(s)
  • Nail clippers
  • Clear nail polish (hose runs)
  • Sewing kit*
  • Mouthwash
  • Individual use floss pics (or dental floss)*
  • Body spray
  • Bobbie pins
  • Hair ties
  • Safety pins
  • Combs
  • Baby powder
  • Stain remover stick*

*What I feel is most important

Most of these you purchase for a $1 or less (BigLots! Dollar Store) or use your stash from hotel stays (am I the only one that grabs the courtesy items from the room?).

My basket has all of the listed items, and it was less than $20, including the basket and “decor” (which is just a $.50 chair sash I had left over used as a liner and puffed to make the side bows).

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The (easy) fabric flower experiment

Lace, ribbon, organza, frilly sashay yarn, tulle.  Pretty material for pretty fabric flowers.

I have been pondering the fabric flower bouquet, but I still really love the idea of real roses for me to carry.  Of course that doesn’t stop me from playing around and experimenting with different techniques for fabric flowers.  They make beautiful hair pieces, belts, decor.  This morning I think I found the easiest way to make them.

I experimented with all types of ribbon, fabric, yarn, lace, tulle…

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These are so, so easy to make.  No sewing, no gluing.

Supplies:

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Buttons, beads, pearls –anything that can be wired for the center of the flower

Wire–I used common 22 gauge silver wire

Scissors, wire cutters, round nose pliers

Your ribbon (or lace, or tulle…)

Step 1:

Cut a piece of wire about 10″ (longer or shorter is fine, it depends on what you wish to do with the flower). Wire your center button/bead.  Use just enough wire to twist enough times to hold it securely.  Cut excess off of the tail piece.

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Step 2:

Thread the other end of the wire through the end of your ribbon.  Then you will “sew” back and forth along the edge of the ribbon.  This will make the gathers/petals of your flower.

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For most of my flowers, I found I needed about 2 feet of ribbon, but you can decide this one for yourself.

Step 3:

Pull the ribbon up towards the center button/bead.  Mess with it so it looks pretty.  If you find you need more/less ribbon, add & take away at will (the beauty of no sew or glue).

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Step 4:

Once you’ve messed with it long enough and like how it looks, use your fingers to hold the lace tightly against the center.  You want the flower as flat as you can get it.  Take your round nose pliers up tight against the ribbon of the back of the flower & twist the wire into a loop.  This will hold the fabric/ribbon in place.  You can make two loops for extra security and then flatten them against the fabric.

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DONE!

Different fabrics & ribbons give completely different looks.  You can experiment with different types of gathers too.  The grey flower was done with sashay yarn.

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