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Monday, October 20, 2014

The wedding bag

Yesterday we attended my cousin's wedding and my daughter got to walk down the aisle ahead of the bride and to deliver the wedding rings. As such, her dress was chosen by the bride and even if the color/pattern was not my favorite, we had to follow her wishes.

However, on Saturday I decided I needed to add my personal touch to the whole set and made a mini wedding bag by for my daughter to take to church (in mom takes a bag, she's entitle to take one too, right?).

I totally winged it, so absolutely no pattern, and until the end I was not sure it was going to work. But since she was happy and all the other little girls at the party wanted to take turns carrying the bag, I think it ended up a successful idea.

I did take some pictures of the process, though. I started by cutting two circles of white fabric using a round dinner plate as measure. The fabric is not exactly the same shade as the dress, but I had to make do with what was available.

I ironed the fabric and sewed the two circles, right sides together, turned inside out and top stitched all arround.

Then I added a second row of stitches a little less than a centimeter from the first one:

Using a seam ripper I opened two pairs of slits in opposite sides of the circle, as shown below (the red lines), taking care to to cut the stitches.

Since my fabric did not fray and I just needed the bag to last one day anyway, I did not bother with the slits, but with a fraying fabric I probably would have had to secure the openings better. 

Using a safety pin I inserted a thin white ribbon through the casing (same as if inserting an elastic), pulling it out through one slit and inserting it back through the other in order to form the bag handles.

Then I pulled each of the handles to bundle the fabric in between, giving shape to the bag. The two ends of the ribbon were tied with a knot and then hidden under a set of white and grey flower buttons (to match the white and grey of the dress).

And here it is, the whole outfit:

In the bag I placed a pack of tissues and my daughter added a tube of lipstick (yes, she's four. Don't ask).

It's a small bag, not much more fits in there anyway, but she was happy and so was I, especially because I managed to whip it up in less than an hour and still have time (and daylight left) to finish getting everything else ready for the wedding day.



  1. This is so cute! Love the buttons :) Great job!

  2. How cute! I love the stuff in the bag to! Thanks for sharing on Meet Up Monday.
    Jenny Marie

    1. Thank you for the party and for stopping by. Have a wonderful week!

  3. Such a neat idea!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  4. Such a cute idea and I'm sure it made the little one fell even more special. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  5. That is such a cute idea! I love how it turned out, and it sounds like it was a hit. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday Link up!

  6. Ficou mesmo mimosa!!! Desde que dê para o baton está tudo bem :)
    Bom resto de semana!
    Ana Love Craft

  7. All little girls need a bag for special occasions. This one is super cute!!!

  8. I'll bet she looked adorable in her outfit carrying her bag.

    1. Yes, she sure was happy about it. Thank you for stopping by Daryl!

  9. How gorgeous!!! I wish I had thought about this for my own little girl at our wedding! She had a flower ball (no idea what the real name is) and it spent most of the time being swung around!

    1. I guess bags are multi.functional. They can be swung around but you can also take out your tissues and blow your nose in church as well, LOL!

  10. It's lovely! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. xo

  11. Hi
    I have just started sewing and I found your blog through the Threading My Way linky party.
    What a fabulous idea, this little bag is just gorgeous. I bet your daughter would have felt very special and grown up with her own little bag.
    Michelle :o)

    1. Thank you Michelle, and welcome. Feel free to browse around and have a wonderful week!


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