The weekend just past, my lovely sister and sister-in-law threw me a hens party.

As much as I told everyone I didn’t want to have one, and as much as I stressed about it right up until people started to arrive, I had so much fun, and glad it went ahead.

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It’s a Hens Party!!

I organised a bit of a stitching project. I had to keep it really simple, as most people in attendance don’t sew all that much.

Everyone was given this information:

“This is going to be a collaborative project, where everyone has the opportunity to design and sew their own square. These will then be stitched to a larger backing cloth to become a wall hanging, and a way for me to remember this time of my life for years to come and all the amazing people here to help me celebrate.
I want every ones piece to be their own, but I understand not many people sew. To keep it simple, I’ve set up a few things for you. I’ve chosen to work with felt as it is a non-woven fabric, which means it doesn’t fray and is super forgiving during the sewing process.
I have cut squares which are six inches in size, so anything you do, it must fit on these. You can make as many squares as you like, but I anticipate most people will only make one tonight. If you find it an absolutely awful experience, don’t stress, enjoy some food and beverages and ask one of the super sewers to help out.
I’ve provided some basic shapes as a starter. Use these as your base to build upon, either with stitching, embellishment or layer the shapes together to create your own image.
For inspiration Google, or Pinterest “wool applique”. Anything with a simple shape can be made!”

And  sheets of simple shapes I had prepared earlier :

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I had sheets of basic shapes as a starting point

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And a stitch guide…

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stitch guide

Mum bought mountains of embroidery threads, buttons and felt. I cut 6 inch squares for every one, and the rest was pretty much left to every ones imagination!

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Everyone stitching and eating away

I was really impressed how everyone took the concept and came up with their own square! Of course, it couldn’t be a hens party without at least one adults only patch! (and if we’re honest, lots of typically themed hens party games, but I’ll spare you the details!)

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All the finished blocks. I will stitch them to the black felt backing. There are still empty spaces, but I believe my other sister wanted to make a patch for it too, and maybe my mother-in-law-to-be

My lovely friend T organised some games for us to enjoy. One of which was using remnant fabric to make “wedding dresses”. For this one we split into two teams, me being the “model” for one team and my sister-in-law for the other team. Everyone else had 5 mins to use the fabric to create a dress for us.

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Diana and myself in our wedding dresses created by the rest of the ladies! I love how the group who dressed me channeled the theme of the wedding and gave me a blue coloured skirt!

T also organised some flower crown making. With some lengths of plastic, leafy, vine, and colourful napkins. The flowers were made in a similar fashion as the ones I made here. We made different sizes by cutting the serviettes down.

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Mum with her beautiful flower crown!

It was an amazing night!

Not long now until the Wedding!

Have a creative week <3