I'm making a wedding canopy for my brother's wedding on May 19th. It's made up of 36 square patches on white canvas which all the couple's friends and family decorated for them with well-wishes.
I now have to sew all these squares together. They are 12"x12", with a one inch seam allowance all the way around each one.
I have a really basic sewing machine - it's a Singer Featherweight 221 which belonged to my grandmother in the 1940s. Still works like a dream though. I'm not super experienced, but I'm a quick learner!
I was going to assemble the square in rows first, press the seams open, then attach the rows, much like people do when assembling blocks in quilting. The right sides of the squares will be facing down, over the couple when they get married, and the top likely won't be seen, BUT just in case, I was wondering what the best way to finish the seams or to hide them would be. Do I stitch wide ribbon over top of them creating a grid of borders? Or is there some way of finishing the seams? Or do I stitch a second layer onto the top like in quilting to hide all the stitch work inside? Please help if you can. Here are some pictures of the sort of thing I am doing.
Keep in mind also, that this will be an outdoors wedding if the weather is nice - so some light may shine through the canopy and expose some of the work (by shadow).
Thanks for any and all suggestions!
Below are pictures of my squares.