Bridesmaid’s Bags

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Recently, my daughter was married to her sweetheart of eight years;  a glorious occasion to be sure! To honor and express my gratitude to the women in her bridal party, I made a beautiful bag for each and filled them with a few things they might need on the “big day”, then took them out for a delicious dinner.

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The bags were made from the Cosmetics Clutches Pattern. Under the circumstances a change was needed and handles were added. The bags were much easier for the girls to carry to the wedding! Previously, I posted a blog about this pattern and addressed the sewing process if you are interested in making it, although it does not include adding handles. This picture below shows the stage in which the handles were added. I cut a piece of fabric 2″ x 18″ and another from a weaved fusible to give it strength. It is very easy to adapt handles to this pattern.

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The construction is quite straightforward. However, the binding is somewhat a challenge to get around the tight corners, but you can do it! I found it easier to stitch the binding to the inside and hand stitch it down on the outside of the bag. Feel free to crush the bag as needed to get the binding on!

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I love using the Wonder Clips when sewing on binding. The design of the clip is ingenious as it gives space in the clip for a thicker bite of fabric. They are perfect for any bag construction.

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The bags are a lot of fun to make and give as gifts, or to use as a gift container. Who can’t use something like this? They’re awesome! I love to make them in production line fashion too. There were six and they were all made to this point (where the binding was attached but still needed to be hand stitched). Then, I grabbed my cuppa, plugged in a great movie, and began the hand work.

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Here they are all finished and waiting to be filled with goodies. The goodies were items such as bath soap and hand moisturizer, sanitizer, band-aids, chocolate (a must!), power bar, breath mints, a coffee gift card, etc. It was fun!

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  1. Jenna - September 17, 2014

    so cute — those look really great! nice work Mari!

    • Mari - September 17, 2014

      Thank you Jenna!

  2. Ann - September 17, 2014

    Wow! Looks like a lot of work but they turned out great. What a good idea to fill them with goodies for the big day!

    • Mari - September 17, 2014

      Actually, sewing them in a production line was better and the construction is quite simple, however, it did take some time. Thank you Ann!

  3. Stephanie Dunphy - September 17, 2014

    Thoughtful, useful, and beautiful gifts. I know the ladies were delighted.

    • Mari - September 17, 2014

      Awe, thank you Stephanie!

  4. Linda Christianson - September 18, 2014

    Very beautiful bags. Like the idea of using border print. Make it longer for a bag or more able to open for a carry along sewing bag.

    • Mari - September 18, 2014

      Thank you Linda! Great ideas for changing the pattern to adapt to personal needs!

  5. Diane Smith - September 22, 2014

    I think this might be the perfect Christmas gift for my group of 10 high school friends (class of 1978 & 1979) that I get together once a month. I will be shopping for material!!!

  6. Fernanda - September 22, 2014

    Hi, I love this! You did such a great job.

    I was wondering if you would share the pattern?

    Many thanks

    Fernanda from Canada.

    • Mari - September 23, 2014

      Hi Fernanda! Thank you for your comment, unfortunately, I cannot share the pattern because of copyright laws, however, it can be purchased through Connecting Threads and the number is 55814 (Cosmetic Clutches). I love the pattern and have made several as you can see above.

  7. Teri - September 24, 2014

    What lucky ladies!