Friday, April 30, 2010

Bridal Shower Post #4

Saturday is the Bridal Shower that I have been working on .... it has been a little hectic around here.. I have to apologize for not getting a chance to visit everyone this week for all the fun Vintage and Thrift parties that were being held but promise to catch up on my blogging Saturday Night. In the meantime, I thought you might like to see the party favor I created for the shower. It is a fun keepsake of the day and also a "save the date" reminder as the wedding will not be held until September. As we were going with a fashion theme, I thought it appropriate to have little pocketbooks. So here is my first ever tutorial .... this is harder than it looks, the tutorial that is and not the making of the purses. Added to the degree of difficulty, low battery power meaning only a few photos were able to be taken.

These little purses were made from lightweight cardstock and a few sheets of flocked black and white scrapbook paper. Other supplies included thin ribbon, stick on sequins, velcro dots and a few sheets of vellum paper.

Here is the pattern. The dotted lines indicate where the paper is folded. The first fold line makes the purse flap, the next dotted lines form the flat base of the pocketbook so that it can stand on its own. The little pattern piece is for a contrasting paper of your choice which is adhered on the larger piece and is the purse flap.

Next I ran off using my mailing label format on my computer, the names of the bride and groom, the date of the wedding, and a reminder to save the date. These were then cut out to be glued on the inside of the purse. I could have just printed them out on the self sticking white mailing labels but I liked the sheen of the vellum.

In the next 2 photos you will see that the black and white paper has been glued in place. I then used my pinking shears to cut around the whole piece before folding, for a nice decorative edge. A sequin is affixed to the bottom part of the purse flap to mimic the clasp. I used the self sticking round velcro dots to close the flap. Cutting each circle into 4 quarters, I could do 4 favors with just one round.

In this photo the dark black dot that you see is the velcro. The corresponding piece of velcro is under the purse flap, on the inside. With a small hole punch, I made 2 holes to run the ribbon through for the handle.

50 little purses later, I am ready for the Bridal Shower. I hope that my instructions were somewhat clear. It really is an easy project and when all grouped together, they look really sweet.

I am off to get ready for the Shower. Don't worry I promise to post photos of the table, the food and the decorations.

Have a good day.



Mimi said...

Sherrie, those little pocketbooks are just so darned adorable!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sherrie,
Those little purses are fabulous!! What a great memorable keepsake for the guests to take home. I'm sorry I thought the shower was last Saturday, I guess I misread. But I wish you lots of luck and have a great time!
I can't wait to hear all about it.
Have a great weekend my friend.

helenabelle said...

Those little purses are adorable! I love the idea. I can't wait to see all the photos of the big event.
The Tattered Tassel

Linda said...

You are so talented. Can't wait for all the photos of the event.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

What a wonderful paper memory to celebrate this shower of did an awesome job. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Anonymous said...

Thx ur share........................................

Designs on 47th Street said...

Hi Sherrie, Those pocketbooks just couldn't be any cuter! Thanks for spelling it all out for us! My daughter is engaged. This could be an idea I could share with a close relative throwing her a shower.

Looking very forward to your pictures!