Handmade Wedding Gifts

This past year we went to two weddings for close friends and were in a situation where we had to figure out the perfect gift for each couple. One of the couples did not have a registry at all and the other couple had a limited amount of items left by the time we got to the registry list. We also wanted their gifts to be more personal, so we decided to make them. My skills with crafting lie primarily with textiles so I knew I would be taking that approach.

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The first couple cooks a lot, so we thought it would make for a nice gift to make them aprons in their favorite colors and hand embroider their last name onto the front.

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For her apron, I used two kinds of fabric, a print and a solid, along with a patterned purple ribbon to line some of the edges. I modeled it after an apron I have (seen hanging in the back in need of a wash). I did not use a pre-cut pattern for either apron. Instead, I took measurements roughly based on my existing apron for hers and used James as my model for his.

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For the second wedding gift we fabricated this past year, we made hand embroidered kitchen towels featuring some of the couples’ favorite logos. They had a very unique film and comic book themed wedding in October, so it felt like a fitting and personal gift. We included several images representing their favorite films, comics, places and hobbies.

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James took on the challenge of hand drawing all of the images and then I embroidered them all as carefully as I could.

Admittedly these project take a lot more time and devotion than purchasing a gift, but every once in a while it’s worth the effort to provide that special handmade touch.

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