03 Jun

DIY Tutorial: Bridesmaids Jewelry Gift Set

DIY Tutorial: Bridesmaids Jewelry Gift Set

Talented letterpress designer Cindy Taylor of San Diego-based LOL Letterpress is here today with a step-by-step DIY Tutorial for a creative bridesmaids gift set featuring a handmade jewelry pouch that’s perfect for holding a heartfelt note + earrings or necklaces. You can customize these  pouches with your own favorite fabric to coordinate perfectly with your wedding or special occasion.

Read on for the full DIY, which includes pictures of every single step… gotta love that! And once you’re done, be sure to check out the custom letterpress work on Cindy’s website – it’s AMAZING. I’m particularly smitten with the circus-inspired Curtain Call wedding invitation!

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DIY Tutorial: Bridesmaids Gift Set {Jewelry Pouch}

by Cindy Taylor of LOL Letterpress

DIY Tutorial: Bridesmaids Jewelry Gift Set

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
– Sewing machine
– Iron
– Fabric, preferably silk, satin, silk brocade shown here
– Pair of beautiful earrings (drop earrings by TenThings shown here)
– Custom card, 3” x 3.5” with a personal message
– Measuring tape or ruler
– Fabric scissors
– Sharp hole punch
– Coordinating satin ribbon
– Coordinating thread
– Fabric pen
– Bone folder

LET’S GET STARTED:

DIY Tutorial: Bridesmaids Jewelry Gift Set

1. To create a super luxurious fabric jewelry pouch, start off by laying your fabric on a flat surface with the wrong side facing up.

DIY Tutorial: Bridesmaids Jewelry Gift Set

2. Measure and mark two 7” tall by 6” wide rectangles. Cut.

DIY Tutorial: Bridesmaids Jewelry Gift Set

3. With the wrong side facing up, fold the top 1” down towards the center and iron flat. Repeat with the other rectangle.

DIY Tutorial: Bridesmaids Jewelry Gift Set

4. Sew a straight stitch about ¼” from the edge of your fold. Repeat with the other rectangle. This creates a channel for your ribbon.

DIY Tutorial: Bridesmaids Jewelry Gift Set

5. Pin both rectangles with their right-sides facing each other (so the wrong- sides are facing out).

DIY Tutorial: Bridesmaids Jewelry Gift Set

6. Sew both rectangles together with a straight stitch leaving a ¼” allowance. Start and end below the channel openings, being careful not to sew the channels or the top of the rectangles together.

DIY Tutorial: Bridesmaids Jewelry Gift Set

7. Cut the corners at a 45-degree angle (be careful not to cut your stitch).

DIY Tutorial: Bridesmaids Jewelry Gift Set

8. Turn your pouch inside out.
9. Use the bone folder (or any dull pointy object) to push out your corners.

DIY Tutorial: Bridesmaids Jewelry Gift Set

10. Iron your edges flat.

DIY Tutorial: Bridesmaids Jewelry Gift Set

11. Measure and cut two 18” lengths of ribbon.

DIY Tutorial: Bridesmaids Jewelry Gift Set

12. Feed one ribbon length through both channels. I started with the left side, made a U-turn through the right side and fed it back so both ends ended up on the left side.

DIY Tutorial: Bridesmaids Jewelry Gift Set

13. Feed the other ribbon length through both channels starting from the right side the same way as in step #12 so that both ends end up on the right side.

DIY Tutorial: Bridesmaids Jewelry Gift Set

14. Tie ends together.

DIY Tutorial: Bridesmaids Jewelry Gift Set

15. Using your sharp hole punch, punch two holes onto your pre-made card for your earrings. Feed your earring posts through these holes.

DIY Tutorial: Bridesmaids Jewelry Gift Set

DIY Tutorial: Bridesmaids Jewelry Gift Set

16. Insert jewelry card into your fabric pouch and impress your BFFs with an unexpected, handmade gift of gratitude!

RESOURCES:
– Fabric, thread, scissors, pen, tape: Joanns
– Punch, bone folder: Michael’s
– Cherry blossom drop earrings: TenThings
– Custom jewelry card with personal message: LOL Letterpress

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ABOUT CINDY…

LOL Letterpress is a premier design studio and letterpress print shop that specializes in creating innovative and stylish stationery goods while practicing green principles from concept to completion.

San Diego-based engineer, designer, and owner Cindy Taylor loves touching her clients’ lives by translating emotion onto paper. Inspired by her own family history, Cindy founded LOL Letterpress in 2008 after stumbling upon the wedding invitations of her great-grandparents. This beautifully handwritten card proclaimed their love and demonstrated a unique personality all their own. When planning her own nuptial announcements, Cindy uncovered a skill for creating smart design with a touch of the unexpected. Her love for letterpress blossomed when she was gifted a meticulously restored 1890 Chandler & Price platen press from her husband on their one-year (paper) anniversary. Armed with a discerning eye, a devotion to contemporary design, a conscious effort towards eco-living, and strength in her craft, Cindy and her team take utmost pride in creating timeless pieces to commemorate life’s most joyous occasions.

{A few work samples are pictured below; check more out right here.}

DIY Tutorial: Bridesmaids Jewelry Gift Set

DIY Tutorial: Bridesmaids Jewelry Gift Set

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13Comments

1
Jeneration SAYS:

This is such a great idea! So personal and special… I can easily see making these out of different fabrics and in different sizes for all kinds of events. Love the step-by-step photos, too. So easy to follow, even I could do this. Thanks for posting!!!

Reply June 3, 2011 at 10:36 am

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sara SAYS:

wow what an awesome idea!

Reply June 3, 2011 at 12:26 pm

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Denise SAYS:

What a touching idea!!!!!

Reply June 4, 2011 at 4:44 am

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Erika {Borrowed&Bleu} SAYS:

What a beautiful way to personalize a gift for your bridesmaids! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!

Reply June 4, 2011 at 5:16 am

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Georgia SAYS:

Everything about this is absolutely gorgeous! The idea is so sweet and creative, the personalized card is a great touch and the layout is picture-perfect. But your step by step tutorial is my favorite part – high quality images which illustrate your simple instructions perfectly! Awesome, thank you! =)

Reply June 4, 2011 at 9:22 am

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Shoshannah A. SAYS:

I have found that making pouches from fabric and see through material, is so elegant. This is the simplest and easiest technique and can be applied to many crafty ideas of many sizes and shapes.

Reply June 4, 2011 at 12:38 pm

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Sweet Pea SAYS:

I just love how personal and special this is. Such a great idea for women who are so important. Thank you for posting!

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Reply June 5, 2011 at 11:01 am

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gayle SAYS:

Oh wow, that is so creative! I wish I had a sewing bone in my body somewhere, because that pouch is so cute! I bet that any bridesmaid would be rapt to receive something so personal and special

Reply June 6, 2011 at 4:24 am

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Wedding Favors SAYS:

The finished product is very beautiful and elegant. Doesn’t look like a DIY gift set at all! Amazing tutorial. Thanks! :)

Regards,
Calli

Reply June 7, 2011 at 2:13 am

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Melissa Finn SAYS:

You make the most precious stuff.. They looks so beautiful!

Reply June 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm

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jewellery gift SAYS:

The brides maids gift set is a great way to say thank you to all your girlfriends for their help with the wedding day. What a wonderful idea.

Reply June 28, 2011 at 6:40 am

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Belgravia escorts SAYS:

This is absolutely fitting. The gift will really delight the bridesmaid, imo.

Reply July 6, 2011 at 8:25 am

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BiH SAYS:

That is a really nice idea, I had a similar one, it’s nice to give gifts like that, and handmade ones are even better.

Reply May 13, 2012 at 5:27 pm

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