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.
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.
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!
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.
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!