The Big Day is here, the dress is perfect, the bridesmaids and groomsmen are on time, the guests are arriving and then . . . EMERGENCY!! The bride nicks her finger or there’s a wee tear in a dress, someone has a headache and Mom chipped a nail. Now what?! Suddenly the DIY Bridal Emergency Kit appears, calm is restored and you, Powerful Super-Sewist, have saved the day with your skills once again! Here’s how to make it sew.
Make Up Bag for Touch Ups
Last minute makeup will be easy with this wonderful bag in your DIY Bridal Emergency Kit. When the bride tears up, she can unfold this pretty store-all and easily touch up. You’ll need Fat Quarters, interfacing and fusible fleece, along with matching thread, a Coats and Clark zipper and a magnetic snap. Designed by Lindsey of the Fort Worth Fabric Studio, the fusible fleece makes it cushy and protects all the essential pots and tubes! Click here for the Make Up Kit tutorial.
Supply Tip: Include a new set of brushes, but leave room for the bride’s own “special day” make up.
Tissue Holder for the Inevitable
Plan this as a sweet gift for all the bridesmaids as well as part of your DIY Bridal Emergency Kit. Simple cutting and sewing steps make this helpful tissue holder a joy to sew and you know she’s going to need tissue! The cute flower and name tag are optional, but quick to make and add a great personalized touch. Also stitched from Fat Quarters, designer Louise of the Sew Scrumptious blog includes a beginner-friendly video to help you sew! Click here for the Tissue Holder tutorial.
Supply Tip: Mini tissue packs can often be found in bulk online or at your local big box store.
Two Tone Zip Pouches for Nails and Personal Needs
You’ll want to make two of these cute, lined zip pouches for your DIY Bridal Emergency Kit. One to hold touch up nail supplies and one for feminine supplies – just in case! Choose Fat Quarters to coordinate with your other pouches, a little more fusible fleece and a stand-out metal zipper for each one. Something bright or surprising would be fun for the lining, too. Designed by Ros of the Sew Delicious blog, these little pouches are perfect for lots of occasions! Click here for the Two Tone Zip Pouch tutorial.
Supply Tip: Include a travel size manicure set and a small bottle of her wedding day polish color. Leave the personal supplies pouch empty, so she can add her own.
Ruffled Zip Pouches for Snacks, Rips and Tears
A designer style, ruffle trimmed pouch filled with snacks will be the favorite in your DIY Bridal Emergency Kit! Choose a print for the ruffle and a solid for the body of the bag, a matching zipper and colored thread to coordinate. Now the fun begins! Kate of the See Kate Sew blog designed this clever bag to use basic decorative stitches that we all have on our sewing machines. Who knew a simple zigzag could look so fabulous?!
Supply Tip: Check with Mom, a sibling or BFF to find out the bride’s favorite snacks.
Plan a second Ruffled Pouch as a sewing kit! Rips, tears, loose buttons, a poorly fitting waistline or a seam that’s coming out – it’s enough to make a bride crazy! Include the basics – needles, threads, safety pins, snaps and sharp mini-scissors. Add your cell phone number on a card with an offer to help and the bride will never forget your handmade care and thoughtfulness! Click here for the Geometric Stitched Zip Pouch tutorial.
Supply Tip: Ask for a snip of the bridal and bridesmaid dress fabrics and include matching threads.
First Aid Kit for Little Accidents
Accidents happen – even on wedding days. And, the last thing the bride needs is a nicked finger staining her beautiful gown! This fabulous First Aid Kit designed by Sherri, guest blogger on Sew Mama Sew, is absolutely perfect for your DIY Bridal Emergency Kit! You’ll need supplies including two fat quarters, clear vinyl, and a Coats and Clark zipper to create this wonderful rescue pouch. Sherri includes well written, easy steps for bias binding strips, zipper insertion and topstitching. Try Schmetz Super Non-stick needles for easy vinyl stitching! Click here for the First Aid Kit tutorial.
Supply Tip: In addition to typical first aid basics, include antacids, pain relievers, blister protection and clear bandages.
Train Case Bag to Contain it All in Style
And, now it’s time to pack it all up! The Train Case designed by Virginia of Gingercake Patterns is the perfect container for your lovely DIY Bridal Emergency Kit. Pop the pouches and folders you’ve sewn inside along with a sweet greeting card and you’re ready to wrap and gift. Fusible fleece and interfacing help the case hold it’s shape and four interior pockets make it super roomy, versatile and easy to pack. Click here to purchase the Train Case Bag pattern from Gingercake.
Supply Tip: Stuff the pockets with encouraging notes, lavender hand lotion, and dark chocolate to help the bride stay calm.