BRIDESMAIDS, PLEASE READ ANOTHER POST. THIS IS NOT FOR YOUR EYES.
Okay. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk bridesmaids’ gifts. Being a planner, I started thinking about this pretty much the moment I settled on my bridal party. What to get for my girls?
The approach I took was to think about gifts that I would normally give. Not necessarily wedding themed, just gifts that I might give for Christmas or a birthday or just because. I didn’t want to give anyone something that they feel obligated to use on the wedding day, either. My first idea was monogrammed L.L. Bean totes—I’m a sucker for anything monogrammed, and L.L. Bean totes are amazing. So amazing, in fact, that both of my sisters already had their own. So…back to the drawing board.
I got really hung up on giving everyone some sort of purse/bag, because I figured I could fill them up with other things. Like a grown-up goody bag! Downside was every bag I came across was either poor quality or too pricey to buy in triplicate. So I took matters into my own hands and decided to make my own bags.
Disclaimer: I’ve been sewing for years, so this project wasn’t much of a challenge. But the tutorial I’m going to show you guys is so simple that it could absolutely be one of your first projects! Maybe not the first thing you ever sew, but definitely the third or fourth. If you can sew a straight line, you can make these gorgeous clutches.
This tutorial by Whitney at Elm Street Life details exactly how to make adorable bow clutches that your bridesmaids will love. I honestly cannot explain the tutorial any better than she can, so please go straight to the source. Each clutch, from cutting the fabric to flipping the bag right side out, took me about a half hour. I ended up loving them so much I made one for myself, and I use it all the time! It’s the perfect size for my wallet, keys, phone, and a lip balm or two. All photos, obviously, are personal.
I used a natural-colored linen for the exterior of the bag…which looks hideously wrinkled in this picture. I swear it looks fine in person! In the meantime, I’m going to give these a good pressing before they go anywhere near my bridesmaids. Yikes. Anyway, it can be dressed up or down and goes with anything!
And I got a little festive with the lining, which is a sweet chevron quilting cotton. If I’m feeling really motivated between now and April, I may go back and tack down the lining of each bag to give it a more professional finish, since the lining seems to be a little big for the interior. What do you guys think? Will it make enough of a difference to be a worthwhile undertaking?
Next step: figuring out what goodies to fill the bags with! So far, I picked up pretty lavender pashminas and these adorable vintage-y earrings (also from Whitney’s Etsy shop, Brighter Day):
Looking at everything, I feel like it’s all kind of uniform-y. I don’t expect anyone to actually use any of these things for the wedding, but so far, everything looks kind of wedding-related anyway. I haven’t decided what else to get, but here are some ideas that I’m thinking of:
What gifts did you get your bridesmaids? As a bridesmaid, what was your favorite thank you gift from a bride?