There’s something about handmade that makes a wedding fabulously memorable. So, for this deeply personal, all important, amazing occasion, Simple Handmade Wedding Favors are perfect! Jessie of Sweet Jessie has wonderful ideas and I love the wedding and party favor tutorials she shared on the Sew Mama Sew blog. There are three options – Fabric Favor Cones, Favor Bags and Muslin Tea or Rice Bags. You can choose one or make a combination and coordinate the fabrics as Jessie suggests. The projects are lovely, yet simple – just right when you’re making multiples and multiples for a Wedding or Wedding Shower!
Fabric Favor Cones filled with candies in wedding colors can add a sugary-sweet touch to your wedding décor. They’re made with two coordinating 6-1/2” fabric squares, sewn together, turned and top-stitched. If you’re making a ginormous amount of these, I’d leave out the top-stitching to make stitching up the cones even faster.
If you have friends volunteering to help with your Handmade Wedding Favors, any of Jessie’s projects would be perfect for an evening or weekend making session. Even those who can’t sew can turn fabrics after they’re stitched or fill finished bags or cones. Have plenty of treats and drinks on hand to keep up their strength and, if you can spare a few, send each of your precious assistants home with a favor they’ve helped create. Or, just candy – that works, too!
If the cones seem time-consuming or you’d like a mix of favors, Jessie offers an adorable little Fabric Favor Bag. You can make these with a drawstring closure or add ties in the side seam to wrap around the top. Start with a piece of 14” x 7.5” fabric for the drawstring version or a piece 14” x 4.5” for the bag with ties and follow the easy cutting diagrams. Just a bit of stitching and turning follows and you’re ready to fill bags.
And then, there’s the darling Muslin Tea or Rice bags – another quick-to-make Handmade Wedding Favor. Muslin is generally inexpensive so this one is easy on the budget, too! If you’re not in a rice-throwing mood, this little bag could contain a small bottle of bubbles or bird seed. To use these as a favor, fill them with dried lavender, a couple of your favorite tea bags (Tea for Two) or a nut and seed trail mix. Have fun finding a filler that represents the two of you, your interests or your wedding theme!
If you’re up for a bit more stitching time, think about embellishing your cones or bags.
- Fusible web is a fabulous tool for quickly adding a small applique of your initials, a heart or another shape that symbolizes your special day.
- If you have a machine that embroiders, pick up spools of Coats Trilobal Polyester Embroidery Thread in your wedding colors and embroider something charming in a different color on each bag.
- For an evening wedding, scatter a few sequins on your cones or bags, a more formal wedding may call for pearls on your favors or collect doilies and stitch pieces to your favors for a vintage theme.
Handmade Wedding Favors are such a wonderful idea. You’ll enjoy the time spent making them with family and friends and your guests will love that you’ve created something just for them. Add that to the memories you’re making, and the joyous warmth in your heart and you’ve created the perfect day. Click here and start those memories now!
About the Author
Annette Millard began sewing at the age of three, made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Annette feels very privileged to have spent most of her work life in the sewing industry and loves teaching, making her own handmade wardrobe and writing about sewing. She spent over ten years as the newsletter and web site content writer for the Pacific Northwest's largest locally-owned family of fabric stores and is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for sewing with the Sewing Secrets community.