So, you’re throwing a bridal shower and you’re not sure what bridal shower favors to pass out to your guests? Looking for an elegant wedding favor for guests to take home from the wedding reception? Check out what I created!
I created these elegant favors using Kelleigh Ratslaff’s Heart Purse templates.
Kelleigh’s templates include a pdf and png template that you can use to make the project your own by using digital papers of your choice or you can use the “Lines only” file to print directly onto your favorite scrapbooking paper.
I used the “Lines only” file to print directly onto my Linen paper. Talk about easy!
Additional supplies used to create these favors:
• Red River 60# River Linen •paper
• scoring tool – I use a Scor-pal
• Tombow adhesive runner – or other strong adhesive of choice
• Misc. elements to decorate your favor – 3/8″ ribbon, lace, buttons, etc
Open Kelleigh’s heart purse template. (The following steps I am going to show you are using the small purse template so that you can see what I am doing. When I created my favor, I used the lines only file and printed on Red River Linen paper.)
Resize the template canvas to 8.5 x 11.
Rotate the template to the right 90 degrees.
As you can see, now the template as is doesn’t really have a “dress form” look to it so go to Image > Transform > Free Transform. Click on the center square at the top of the template and drag it upward. Repeat grabbing the center square at the bottom of the template and drag it downward so that your template now looks like this:
Erase the lines in your template that would be used as a “closure” for the purse. Erase it at the top of your template and also at the bottom. You won’t be needing them for this project.
Next, change the cut and score lines color. To do this, add a new layer above your cut and score lines. Choose a color that is a few shades darker than your background (for mine, I chose a light to medium gray color) and flood fill that new layer. Hit Control + G to clip the color to the cut and score lines layer. Merge the new color layer with your cut and score lines layer.
Print the template – I use Epson Matte Presentation paper for most projects but I really loved the texture and look of the Red River Linen paper so this is what I printed my “Lines only” version of Kelleigh’s template on.
Cut the template out on the solid lines. Score along the dash lines.
Using an adhesive of your choice (Tombow adhesive tape runner, double sided tape, glue), glue flaps to the inside.
Decorate the favor to your liking using an adhesive of choice. Add a touch of color using ribbon. Add a bow or a pre-made little flower. Add small buttons for a country touch. Try some fine glitter or rhinestones for some sparkle. How much or how little you add to the favor will depend on the look you are trying to achieve.
To create the Princess dress favor with the lace, I measured the distance from the “waist” of my dress to the bottom. Mine was 3 inches. I purchased 3 inch lace from my local fabric store. I then cut a piece of lace 8 inches long.
Next I used a needle and thread to do a basic running stitch through the top of my lace from one end of the lace to the other. Make sure you knot the end of your thread.
Gather the lace by pulling the thread and position the lace “skirt” around your favor like this:
Pull the thread more to gather the lace closer around the favor. Position where the edges of the lace meet up in the middle of the “back” of your favor.
Do a few quick stitches at the top of the skirt to sew the lace edges together. Adjust the gathering evenly around your favor.
Cut a length of ribbon and adhere in place over the gathered lace at the top of the skirt. again, make sure the ribbon overlaps in “back” of your skirt. Add a bow if you choose to do so.
To create the edging around the bodice of my favor, I simply glued ribbon with a decorative edge to the inside of one of “bodice” pieces and then adhered both bodice pieces together sandwiching the ribbon between the two pieces.
Lastly, don’t forget to fill the favor – mine are holding about 10 hershey kisses. yum!
I hope you enjoyed this project and are inspired to give these a try. If you do, I’d love to see! Feel free to drop me a line here in the comment section if you do!
and as always, if you have any questions about any part of this project, post here in the comment section and I’ll answer your question.
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