30 Before April 30 Project 7 Completed!

Monday, January 31, 2011

The search for bridesmaid bags has taken a little longer than I expected but in the meantime, I created little versions for my adorable program attendants. These were incredibly easy and took minimal effort. During one of my usual trips to Ikea, this fabric was on sale for $3.99 a yard and since the color combination makes me gitty, I picked up one yard of each.

I measured two 12 inch x 12 inch pieces of fabric for each bag.

The top edge of each piece was folded twice, ironed flat and I used the zig zag stitch.

As you would normally sew something of this sort, line up the two pieces with the inside out and sew three of the four edges with a straight stitch. Voila! The meat of your bag is completed.

The handles can be altered any which way, but I chose to cut at 3 inches by 30 inches long. Fold the piece of fabric down the long center and iron for easier sewing. A straight stitch should do the trick and then turn the handles inside out. You may need a safety pin to accomplish this. Use an iron again to really flatten the handles.

Take each end of the handles and fold in, sewing each end with a straight edge.

Now it's a little creative - I went with a square sew around where the handles meets the bag and although a bit challenging, I got some practice!

I wanted to add their initials to each bag so after some searching, I stumbled upon printable fabric and printed each letter, cut it out and used heat set glue.

30 Before April 30 ongoing list ... (this list changes occassionally)
- Homemade totebags for the bridesmaids
- Guest bags and all of the pieces that will go inside for out-of-towners
- DONE! Save the dates
- Wedding invitations
- Hand written addresses for wedding invitations
- Wedding programs
- DONE! Bags for Program Attendants
- DONE! Bridal shower invitations
- DONE! Bridal shower party favors
- DONE! Reserved signs
- Escort cards for wedding party
- Photobooth props & sign
- DONE! Rehearsal dinner dessert
- Rehearsal dinner invitations
- Rehearsal dinner menus
- Bar menus
- Thank you cards for gifts along the way ...
- Groomsmen gifts
- Door initials
- Monogramed centerpieces
- DONE! Dessert bar components
- Sign in *surprise* area (we can't give everything away)
- Bridal Party dinner table monogram runner
- Signs for front of reception site
- Centerpieces for cocktail tables & bars
- Wedding cake topper
- Bouquet bling
- Signs for pictures
- Toiletry kits for bathrooms
- Thank you gifts for our generous vendors, family and friends helping on the big day!

Attending these Linky Parties this week:
Take-A-Look Tuesday with Sugar Bee Craft Edition
These Creative Juices
Today's Creative Blog Get Your Craft On
Polly Want a Crafter
Craft-O-Maniac Monday
Too Cute Tuesday at Funky Polkadot Giraffe
Tutorial Tuesday at Hope Studios
Sew Cute Tuesday at Creative Itch
Strut Your Stuff Thursday at Somewhat Simple
Transformation Thursday with The Shabby Chic Cottage


  1. M tote...for me? You shouldn't have :)

    The totes turned out great!! Even though its not really for me, I love the addition of the initial. Your program attendants will love them!

  2. You didn't know!?!? I said I might need you!

  3. I love the totes. I will have to sew me up some of these for Valentines Day and fill them with chocolate hearts!