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The daughter of Pia’s 4K teacher is getting married this October and she asked me to sew some things for her bridesmaids and other people who are helping at the wedding. As the date of the wedding is rapidly approaching I realized I sorta needed to get on it and finish up these projects. This morning I ironed and lint rolled and snipped loose threads. Then I set up a little photo booth to take pictures of the finished products. And, naturally, Haile (one of our cats) thought that all this cozy fabric goodness was for him to curl up in. Alas, so much for lint rolling.

The first thing I was asked to make were small drawstring bags to hold jewelry for the bridesmaids. The fabric felt a little plain to me, so I decided to dress it up by stenciling each bridesmaid’s first initial on the bag and adding a little rhinestone period after it. I lined the bags with white velvet so they will feel luxurious when someone reaches in to pull out their earrings. There were 12 little bags in total, but I sent the first batch to the bride before remembering to photograph them. Β The colors of the wedding are eggplant, pewter, and ivory, but the eggplant color looks a little fuschia-ish in this photo:

The bridesmaids also each get a larger black drawstring bag to hold their shoes. I lined them with satin left over from the wedding dress my mom made for me.

For the two women who are doing readings at the wedding, I made tote bags in the wedding colors. Since these two women both teach at the same school I made each tote a little bit different. For the first one I used the Pleated Beauty pattern in Amy Karol’s book Bend the Rules Sewing. I added a pewter flower to dress it up a bit:

For the second tote I loosely followed the instructions for the pocket bag in Jocelyn Worrall’s book Simple Gifts to Stitch. I had made one of these for my mom a few years ago, and it is a fun concept, with big, tiered pockets on the outside of the bag. I lined it and added a fabric flower to match the other tote:

The bride also requested a little something for her sister-in-law-to-be, so we settled on a small make-up bag. This one I just winged, based on the few scraps I had left. I did some machine embroidery on the front, just like Amy Karol describes in the aforementioned book, and I added a little flower (I am now addicted to making these little fabric flowers, they are so much fun). I had some complicated plan to use magnets as the closure for this bag, but my several attempts to stitch them into the lining failed, so I ended up going with snaps. Sometimes you just have to let an idea go.

After looking at these photos I realize I need to learn how to iron things. Or maybe I need a new iron? I can’t seem to figure out the steam setting, maybe that is my problem. Among many.

Now I just have to finish the ring bearer pillow and adorn the flower girl basket and all these goodies can be sent off to the bride. Hooray!

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  1. Wow, that’s a lot of sewing! How on earth do you find time for it all? I’m impressed. As for the ironing, I gave up on my steam setting a while back and have been using a spray bottle I found with a decent misting setting. Works ton better, at least for me. And for the backdrops, I gave up on fabric and either use poster board or foam core (which I can use for other crafts later). No wrinkles AND I don’t have to iron. πŸ™‚

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    • oooh, a spray bottle, that is genius. now if only i could find one in our house that actually works. i think we have a half dozen spray bottles in the house and only one of them works. thanks for the suggestion!

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  2. Adorable. No, beautiful. No, spectacular… I am dying to buy the totes/bags. LOVE them. Let me know when you open your Etsy store πŸ™‚

    I want to Pin these!!!

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  3. Holy cow you have been busy! Those are really cool. Why didn’t you sew all the dresses, too? πŸ˜‰

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    • I may have failed to mention that I started these back in March. So, when put in the context of that timeline, um, not so busy. And I only sew dresses for small people, not for adults who have more discerning tastes πŸ™‚

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  4. I didn’t know you could sew! Those bags are super cute! I really like the first one for the reader. You’re so talented πŸ™‚

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