This is kind of a funny story. A woman called me a month ago asking if I would sew up some bridesmaids gifts for her wedding. She had actually bought a lot of my stuff at a craft show I attended last year, and kept my business card. Pretty cool, since I figured most of them would get tossed in the garbage. Anyway, I agreed because she lives in the same town, is the art teacher at the elementary school, and I actually work for the same company as her brother. Small world.
Now I guess I should insert here that I do not usually sew for people other than my friends and family, especially in this quantity. I would love to, but there’s just not ever enough time.
We ended up agreeing on using my gathered clutch pattern for the bridesmaids and making a simple snap wallet for additional wedding party gifts, yep, 9 of each! I kind of cringed a bit when she told me she had bought her own fabric, but it worked out great, my only contribution was the Amy Butler Love print. I didn’t feel pressured to try and put together any fabric combos, since she requested it to be more of an eclectic look.
I used nine 1/2 yard cuts for making it all, clutches and wallets, with a bit of scraps leftover. Each had a handy dandy detachable wrist strap and two card holders. I used an alternate way of making the interior clutch card holders and I will definitely post on that later, just another way of doing it, that’s all.
I felt kind of like a sweat shop, by the third night of consecutive sewing, I felt pretty worn down. I did make them all assembly line style, which helped a lot. Cut all the pieces, did the interfacing, and assembled all the parts separately. I also grouped the colors together when I did all of the top stitching so I wouldn’t have to keep switching threads.
She’s getting married this weekend, and hopefully I can sneak in and get a few shots of the stuff in action!