Easy Totes

I’ve been thinking about wedding surprises for the wedding party for quite awhile now. I won’t give away the presents yet because that just wouldn’t be any fun! BUT, I sewed up fun totes to place the goodies in.

I bought a yard of yellow and cream striped fabric. (Of course, it had to go with my color scheme!)

I needed to make 6 bags with a yard. With NO thought out formula I folded the fabric in half.

Then I folded the material into four equal parts with the thought that I would need three of the parts for the bags and the fourth part for all of the bags straps.

Then I folded the three parts in half creating 6 smaller equal parts for the 6 bags. I told you I just kinda made it go as a went. I wanted to use all of the fabric and have the largest totes possible. No pattern needed with this DIY girl.

I cut the material along the fold line.

That’s a lot of fabric squares!

Then I folded it again another inch and pinned it in place. I sewed a straight edge across the top and bottom hem.

I sewed all six at once because I tend to be very forgetful and didn’t want to forget what I did. Opps…

Don’t they look cute all stacked up? Oh, what makes me smile. :)

Next, I turned the front sides together and pinned. I sewed a straight edge on the lines with a 1 inch hem. This is what I created!

On to the straps- Remember the fourth piece of fabric? I needed 12 straps. So, what do I do? I simply folded the fabric into 12 equal strips and cut on the fold.

I folded the strip in half and pressed.

Then I unfolded the strip and folded the edges to the center pressed line.

Then I folded the strip with the two sides together, pinned and sewed a straight stitch.

Then I pinned the strap to the bag and sewed a square to secure the strap to the bag.

Now, you have a tote. Now let’s play and make it cute!

I made a fabric flower using some grey fabric from the banner I made a few weeks ago.


The Next Step of the Veil Journey

I gathered my supplies and went to town making my veil this afternoon. It was surprising very easy! I would have to say sewing the bridemaid’s t-shirts with ruffles, flowers  and beading was a much harder journey.

Remember I said that I would be needing LOTS of tulle?

Thank goodness Randy’s house has an empty room right now because I needed it! First, I laid the tulle flat on the floor.

Yes, the tulle filled the ENTIRE room’s floor. The width of the veil is about 90 inches. The Length of  the veil is 3 YARDS!!!! What am I thinking…really?

Next, I folded the tulle “hot dog” way and lined up the two corners.

That’s soo LONG! Then, I cut the corners to round the edges.

Now, to the hard part. I had NO idea how to “properly” gather the tulle to attach it to the hair comb.

So…like always…I played.

I slowly gathered the tulle by weaving a needle and thread  in and out of the tulle. It looked right?

Until I pulled too hard and SNAPPED the thread and the whole thing fell apart.

Play Time #2: New technique

I decided this time I would gather a little bit at a time and then attach the small bit of tulle that was gathered to the head piece bit by bit. And….


I can’t show you the complete finished veil because that would just give away the surprise of the big day. So I guess you’ll have to wait.

Plus, the real test is when I try it on with my wedding dress. Then I’ll decide if I really am done!

Save the Date

We sent out our Save the Dates a few months back. Since I abandoned the blog…most of you have not seen it! Our photographer Casey Wigotow of Two One Photography did an AMAZING job taking our engagement pictures at Denver International Airport, where Randy proposed.

Here are a couple of our favs:

Randy worked his magic and designed a perfect Save-the-Date postcard for us.

The Journey to Create My Veil

So my DIY obsession carried over to creating my very own veil. I am wondering if this is a good thing or not based on others reactions. When I share my veil creation ideas I receive…

“Wow! Really?”

“Oh my! That’s a big task to take on!”

“How are you going to do that?”

and I reply with, “Oh, it will be easy!” In the back of my mind, my wheels are turning. YIKES!

Let’s be honest here, do I know what I am doing? NO…no…noo I really do not!

But, how hard could it really be?

What I will need:

-Just a BUNCH of tulle. I mean a BUNCH! I am not just taking on a short little shoulder length veil.

I am going to tackle a cathedral length veil. That’s right…it a good 2 1/2- 3 yard veil!

-Wire Hair Comb

-Clear Thread, needle

-SHARP scissors


This is the “All You Need to Know About Veils” image:

Thank you “Butterfly Cottage.Blogspot.com”

As you can see, the Cathedral is the longest of veils and is A LOT of tulle!

Wish me luck! :)