This weekend I’m throwing a surprise engagement party for 2 of my very good friends. I decided to make each of the brides a tote bag filled with supplies that will help them plan their big day. Since I wanted to make something they could use after the wedding, for trips to the green market or beach, I decided to gear each one towards their unique personalities.
For Cristina I chose the Swarovski Rhinestone Peace Sign iron-on motif and a 12mm Square Sequin Trim in Silver to decorate an eco-friendly cotton tote. I started by ironing out the tote to get rid of the wrinkles and then ironed on the hot-fix rhinestone motif. I then used the Unique Stitch Glue to glue the sequin trim around the edge of the bag and on the handles. I used the Unique Stitch instead of the Sobo Craft Glue because it is washable.
Deciding what to fill the tote with was a challenge. It’s not a bridal shower, so home goods were not something I wanted to include. I decided to instead add some helpful planning books and a t-shirt personalized with their new to-be name.
I looked around for places that customize t-shirts with rhinestones and designs… they were expensive! I then remembered that M&J Trimming had these new Heat Seal Films for the Swarovski Hot Fix Rhinestones! I picked up 1 small pack of SS10 Crystal and one 13.5″ x 6″ Heat Seal Film. I then printed out her new name on plain paper to use as a template. I used a tweezer to place the stones one by one (stone side down) on the film until the design was done. After you have finished your design, you can just iron it on like any of the other appliqués that M&J Trimming offers. *Remember, when doing designs for a template; make sure the image is mirrored so when you iron it on, it isn’t backwards.
This was a really fun project for to make for friends, and I can’t wait to see the looks on their faces when they arrive at the party. Congrats to my friends Sam and Joey, and Cris and Mike!