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My beach wedding dress – A pinwheel tutorial


We are getting close to a year of being legally married (it will be November 11th to be exact) And I though I should share here some of the tutorials I made for my wedding planning blog. This will be the first and one of the most specials to me, because is about the transformation I did to the dress I wore for our beach legal ceremony.

When we decided we wanted to get married at the beach we only had 1 week to get everything done and find what we were going to wear, one a very fast shopping day we got Ken a very cool shirt but had no luck trying to find a dress I like in a price I like ( Witch was the hardest part) Until I spotted this dress in the sale section of Sears for $9.99

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I thought it had a lot of potential so we bought it and once we got home I grab my scissors and got to work! I cut the length, made some ruffles, rip the necklace off, added normal straps and finish everything with some pinwheel flowers for the top. At the end it looked like this:

I remember I learned to make this ones at school when I was little so my dolls used to have pinwheels all over their clothes and hair 🙂 So now here is the tutorial

Fabric pinwheel flowers:

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First you need to cut squares or fabric, the size of the squares have to double the diameter of your desire pinwheel flower.
On my case I am making 3 different sizes, so I cut a few of 5.5″,  4″ and 3,5″ inches.
Fold your fabric.
Then folded again, and make a square, carefully grab the fabric and cut the corner edge into a smooth curve.
After cutting this is what your piece should look like, unfold it and you'll have a perfect (or not so perfect like in my case) fabric circle.
Facing the right side of the fabric up, you'll need to make big stitches all the way around the circle.
Keep sewing really loosely around it.
and when you finish you'll have something that looks like a bag.
Slowly tie the end and start of threat. Once you have a simple knot, push the center of your pinwheel to the inside.
Now that the edge of your circle is inside the pinwheel secure with a tight knot.
For the center I used some small beads I happened to have around in a turquoise color.
You can play with them and make different layers, like this one I made with two of them.
or even with 3 of them,  I sew them together before I make the center just  to assure they were well attached.

I love this pinwheels because they are super easy to make and super pretty to add details on sashes, headbands, dresses, purses, shoe clips etc… the options are endless!
And of course I could not help but share some of my favorite pictures of our Legal ceremony.

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Joy



About Joy

Joy Kelley is a Chilean Designer & lettering Artist. Mom to 3 little boys. Crafter. Pattern lover. Color obsessed. Lemon pie dependent. And the hand behind the HowJoyful Studio & HowJoyful Shop

16 replies
  1. Veryl
    Veryl says:

    Will certainly sharing some photos with you of this in like 2months or so when I get back home. Thank you for sharing

  2. dynnil
    dynnil says:

    Hi Joy, I really love your blog… u r so talented.. thanks for sharing your ideas to us.. u n me are the same in choosing dresses.. haha… instead of buying an expensive dress, u turned it around… i love it.. thanks again for showing all the tutorials… i hope u’ll continue doing so… i will try to do some of these soon…. take care….bye

  3. Sue
    Sue says:

    That is a gorgeous dress and you look fabulous in it. I have my step-daughters here this weekend and it’s miserable and raining outside so we’re all going to make pinwheel flowers.

  4. Gloria
    Gloria says:

    A beautiful couple!! You both look so happy. God bless you both. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos and for all your fabulous tutorials too.

  5. S. Hart
    S. Hart says:

    In America we call these cute little flowers…..Yo-Yo’s!!!
    They are adorable and I love what you did with your dress!

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