- Mrs. Stiletto
- 9 years ago
- Wedding: September 2009 - The 19th Century Club
Fortunately, shopping for the ladies is so much easier. I have allof the pieces in place and have managed to keep the price perbridesmaid pretty reasonable. One thing I wanted to gift each of themwas a clutch. However, any clutch I found, multiplied by 5, just didn’tseem to fit into the budget. So… I decided that it was much moremeaningful for me to make them something that was cute and fun.
I searched Etsy up and down until I came across Keykalou’s shop and her simple Envelope Clutch pattern. For only $8.00 I was able to purchase a pattern for an envelope clutch that I could make in two different sizes.
Better yet, she emails you a .pdf of the pattern, so all you need todo is print it out on your home printer, cut out the pieces, and you’reready to go! Simple, simple, simple! The clutch I made was 8.75″ x3.25″.
From Lucky Kaeru on Etsy, I bought 1.5 yards of Michael Miller’s “Dandy Damask” and 1.5yards of Alexander Henry’s “Mod Dot Natural Multi” for a fun pop ofcolor. I had a TON left over after cutting out the pieces for my 5clutches, so I’ve left myself plenty of room for error! I spent $28.04(including shipping) for the fabric.
Finally, from Etsy’s Vintage Tea, I found 5 green vintage buttons in the exact shade of green I was looking for! They were only $5.25 (including shipping).
The only other things you need to make these clutches is fusibleinterfacing (which I already had, but is really cheap) and hair tiesthat you use to keep the clutch closed. And, of course, I have amillion of those lying around.
So, for a grand total of $41.29 (or $8.26 per bridesmaid!) I was ableto make 5 clutches, with enough fabric left over to make one for myselfor use the fabric in other places! And, not only is this a bargain,it’s personal and was made with tender loving care. It may not be themost well-made purse out there (I’m definitely not a seamstress!) butit works, and they’ll hopefully think it’s special. As you mightrecall, my girls will be wearing dresses that are a houndstooth print, so I’m not expecting them to necessarily carry these on the day of the wedding – they’re just something for them to have.
As for the actual construction of the clutch, I hadn’t sewedanything in a loooong time! My mom had gifted me her old machine acouple of years ago, but it rarely gets brought out. The first clutch Imade was with old scrap fabric and was something ugly! The pattern issimple, but you just have to pay attention to your seams and make surethey’re rounded in the right places. But once I got through that firstpractice one I was able to make a “real” one with the fabric I bought,which is pictured above! I’m quite proud of it and love the “pop” ofthe lining fabric… so unexpected!
Of course, this is only one part of the gifts I’m preparing for the bridesmaids… more to come!
(To check out the original post for part 1, click here.)
So, I’ve already posted about the lovely clutchesI’m working on for the bridesmaids. After I started thinking about whatlittle things I wanted to tuck inside of the clutches (beyond theirjewelry), my mind immediately went to vintage handkerchiefs. Since thebridesmaids dresses have pockets, the girls can easily stash thesehankies, to be pulled out **just in case** the tears of happiness startflowing.
I’d started my search on Etsy and was determined to get hankies withmonograms for each girl… which proved to be a rather unsuccessfuleffort. If you’re willing to take the time and acquire these one byone, it’s completely possible. If you’re antsy like me and want to getit done all at once, you’re probably going to wind up empty handed.
Instead, I set my sights on finding 5 different hankies that I feltall went together in some shape or form, but were all different – kindof like my bridesmaids! Each is unique in her own way. I came acrossEtsy seller Kindred Thymeswho had a great selection at fabulous prices. And, it’s a much betterdeal overall to buy these from the same seller, if possible.
Each and every one of these hankies is sweet and special, while also being crisp and snowy white.
So, last time I postedabout bridesmaids gifts I had spent $41.29 for the clutch material, or$8.26 per bridesmaid. I was able to get all 5 hankies for $24.25(including shipping), so that puts me at a total so far of $65.54 or$13.11 per bridesmaid! Woo hoo!
Please know that I’m not a super frugal or stingy bride because I’mtallying up the costs! I absolutely love giving presents and don’tautomatically go to the price tag for things. However, multiplyingeverything by 5 quickly adds up, so I want to make sure I’m keepingtabs on things so I don’t let myself get completely out of control!Secondly, it’s rewarding knowing that I’m able to put togetherthoughtful, meaningful presents that aren’t about expensive price tagsor trendy brand names, but rather reflect my relationship with theseladies and my appreciation for them being a part of our big day!
And, of course… who doesn’t love a bargain?!
(To check out the original post for part 2, click here.)
So, for those of you who might be following me (because, of course,I’m sure my gathering of bridesmaids gifts has left you on the edge ofyou set since my last installment!), so far I’ve shared the great clutches I’m making for my bridesmaids and the vintage hankiesthat will be tucked inside. That left me at a grand total of $65.11 formy 5 bridesmaids. But, of course, gifts for the bridal party wouldn’tbe complete without jewelry. One piece I’m really excited about are theearrings that the ladies will be wearing.
These fabulous baubles by Etsy’s Precious Mesheswill be worn by me. I believe I’ve shared them before… swoon. I justlove them! Emily is working on a custom necklace for me to match theselovely earrings, and I can’t wait to share the final outcome… I thinkit’s going to be lovely!
So I wanted to find something that would be like my earrings, butwith a twist. I also, of course, have been focusing on wearability forthe girls after the wedding – this was my ultimate goal with their dresses. In searching for jewelry, Etsy’s kalliARTcame to the rescue! I loved the look of these wire-wrapped “pure”earrings. They’re dangly and fun and coordinate with the crystal lookof my earrings.
And, because I was ordering 5 pairs of these babies, kalliARTeven cut me a deal! It was reason #1,827,302 why I love Etsy. I wasable to get 5 pairs for $80 (including shipping). How fabulous! I lovehow these will sparkle on their ears, but they’re still a great neutralpiece of jewelry that can be mixed in with their daily wardrobes.
So… we’re at a grand total so far of$145.11 for my 5 bridesmaids, or $29.00 a person! Woo! It’s actuallyreally fun tracking all of that, because over time you pick upsomething here, something there, and before you know it, you’ve spentan outrageous amount of money. Going back through my purchasesreassures me that I’ve not only found special little things to give theladies, but I’ve managed to keep my budget in check. I still have acouple other items to share, but thus far, things are looking good andI can’t wait to package everything together!
(To check out the original post for part 3, click here.)
When I left off, I had spent a grand total of $145.11 on gifts for my 5 bridesmaids, or $29.00 per girl. This included earrings, clutches I’m making, and vintage hankies. This of course leaves me with the necklaces left to share!
I was in Venice last summer and thought I would take advantage of having access to so much Venetian glass and buy necklaces for the girls there in the color green I’d chosen. Easier said than done. I struggled to find enough of “the” green. I ended up with three large glass beads and two already made necklaces… but they were all different colors and just didn’t feel right.
So, of course, I turned to Etsy (shocker!). I found this great deal… a half pound of glass beads in different shapes, all in the exact shade of green I needed. AND they were only $4.00, plus $2.95 shipping. Score! So I bought them and then saw that they’re itty bitty… hence the good deal.
But since they were the right color – and I had so many of them – I realized I could still do something with them. (AND I’m using the extra beads in our centerpieces… to be posted.) I bought some coil chokers from Etsy to string the beads on. The best part of them is that the little ball on one end unscrews so you can take it off, string the beads, and put it back on. Brilliant! I got 5 of them for $15.65.
I mixed and matched the different beads, making each necklace different (awesome photography by me, I know!):
I was able to still use two of the beads I bought in Venice – the first and second necklaces in this picture feature those beads. One is much larger (it’s my favorite!) so my MOH/sister Stiletto will have that necklace. I’d guess that I spent about $8.00 on those two beads in Venice.
While I wasn’t able to stick with my original plan of having each bridesmaid’s necklace purchased in Venice, everything turned out quite well. The color couldn’t be more perfect, and each necklace is unique, but they all go together really well. And, they can easily change up the necklaces after the wedding by putting on whatever beads or pendants they’d like.
So, I spent $30.60 on everything for the necklaces. That, plus the previous total of $145.11 brings me to $175.71, or $35.14 a bridesmaid! Woo hoo!
(To check out the original post for part 4, click here.)