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How to Make A Wedding Tissue & Lipstick Pouch

Updated on August 18, 2014

Accessories for the Bride or Wedding Party

Thinking back on my own wedding day is what caused me to create wedding tissue and lipstick pouches. I can remember stuffing my handkerchief up my sleeve only to have it fall out throughout the day. When it came time for photos my lipstick was totally gone, and I never got to re-apply it during the reception.

With the designs of the modern day bridal gowns, there isnt a place to keep a hankie, so carrying something around your wrist really makes sense. The key is to manufacture a small pouch that will blend in with the attire and look pretty as well.

Id like to share with you DIY instructions for a simple satin pouch that you can make for weddings or any special function in which you wouldnt be carrying a purse.

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DIY Wedding Tissue/Handkerchief & Lipstick Pouches - For handkerchief, tissue or lipstick.

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Photo by favored1

These pouches were used on April 13th, 2013 for the bridal party and the mother of the bride. They were a special order where the mother of the bride's train was incorporated into the design of the pouches.

The bride's gown was strapless so this worked perfectly for her. She slipped it on the wrist of the arm she carried her bouquet. It was barely seen and matched her ivory colored dress.

The one with the purple was the bride's and the others were for her family. The first layer was satin with an outer material and applique' from her mother's wedding train that was about 40 years old. The bottom right pouch is only one layer of satin (it doesn't have the mother's train material, but does have the applique').

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Satin Fabric by the Yard

I used satin for this project and purchased 3 yards to make other items as well. Keep in mind that satin does fray and will run if you aren't careful when working with it. That is another reason why I purchase a little extra for special projects such as wedding items.

58'' Wide Splenda Satin Ribbon Rosette Fabric By The Yard, Ivory.
58'' Wide Splenda Satin Ribbon Rosette Fabric By The Yard, Ivory.

Ivory satin was the bride's choice for my project, but this material comes in many fashionable colors. Sold by the yard.

 

1: Select A Size - This is a 5" wide x 11" length piece of material.

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Photo by favored1

Double the size in length and add one inch for the size pouch you actually want. I used 11 inches of material in length for an approximate 4-5 inch pouch. You will be folding the material in half and have to add in the extra material for the cord hem. That accounts for the extra one inch. Use sharp scissors.

Note: I used a ruler to show you the size, but use a tape measure when you cut for accurate sizing.

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Best Scissors for Dressmakers

You will need really good scissors for this project. I have selected the ones that have been rated the best in dressmaker scissors. Remember regular scissors are not like material scissors and can cut unevenly. For quality work, you need the right tools for the job.

Gingher 8-Inch Knife Edge Dressmaker's Shears
Gingher 8-Inch Knife Edge Dressmaker's Shears

Ideal for cutting out patterns and trimming seams.

Includes one pair of 8-inch shears and nylon sheath.

Precision-ground knife edge for smooth cutting all the way to the points.

Bent handles provide comfortable, smooth cutting across any flat surface.

 
Fiskars 8-Inch Easy Action Razor-Edged Scissors
Fiskars 8-Inch Easy Action Razor-Edged Scissors

Awarded the Arthritis Foundation Ease-of-Use Commendation for a design that is easy-to-use for people with arthritis or limited hand strength.

Use for cutting a wide variety of materials including denim, leather and multiple layers of fabric.

Spring-action design gently opens blades after each cut to reduce hand strain.

Blades ground to a razor edge cut through heavy material with less effort.

Hardened, stainless-steel blades provide lasting durability.

 
Fiskars 8 Inch Razor-edge Softgrip Scissors (175800-1002)
Fiskars 8 Inch Razor-edge Softgrip Scissors (175800-1002)

Best for cutting a materials including denim, leather and multiple layers of fabric.

Blades ground to a razor edge cut through heavy material with less effort.

Durable stainless-steel blades with softgrip handle reduces hand fatigue for comfortable extended use.

 

2: Fasten Outer Material to Satin

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Photo by favored1

If you want an outer layer such as taffeta fasten it with pins to what will be the outside of the pouch.

Pins and Accessories - These are the tools you will need for this project.

Wrights 881426 Glass Head Multicolor Pins, 150-Pack
Wrights 881426 Glass Head Multicolor Pins, 150-Pack

Select pins that have a colored top for easy find. Make sure they are long enough for the project.

 
Dritz Deluxe Seam Ripper
Dritz Deluxe Seam Ripper

This is an item I wish I didn't need, but I did. If you need to take out any seams you don't want to tear the material. A seam ripper will assist you in making sure your seam comes out clean.

 
Singer 96-Inch Extra Long Tape Measure
Singer 96-Inch Extra Long Tape Measure

Use a good measuring tape for accurate sizing. This particular one has large print and is extra long.

Singer 96-inch vinyl tape measure is accurately printed in both inches and centimeters. This flexible tape measure is perfect for measuring curved or flat surfaces. Metal ends keep the tape from fraying.

 

3: Sew Outer Material to the Satin - Before and After Photos

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Photo by Favored1

If you are using a single layer of material, skip this step.

After you have pinned the outer material on, you will need to sew it together leaving about 1/4 inch hem on the sides. Make sure that you sew inside any manufactured stitching. It will need to be cut off anyway. Don't worry about cutting the excess material away until after it is sewed in place like the photo on the right demonstrates..

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Brother Sewing Machine & Carrying Case - Case purchased seperately.

There are some really expensive sewing machines on the market, and they may be needed in other projects, but this is the one I used for making the wedding pouches. It is a good machine for quick and simple sewing items.

This Brother sewing machine is really good for young sewers or beginners, and for those wishing to learn to sew without all the complications of a big machine. Plus the price is right. I like that it is lightweight and portable, but still does some pretty amazing sewing.

There is a dial for pattern and automatic stitch length selections with a built in sewing light. Has auto bobbin wind and is easy to set up. You can do simple projects like this one, or some really fancy DIY creations. If you get stuck it comes with a DVD that will guide you through learning to use this sewing machine.

BROTHER LX3125E 35 STICH SEWING MACH
BROTHER LX3125E 35 STICH SEWING MACH

Flatbed/Free arm convertible sewing surface. Lightweight and compact with built-in handle for portability, weighs 15 lbs . 35 Stitch functions; 25 year warranty included.

 
Brother 5300 Universal Sewing Machine Carrying Case
Brother 5300 Universal Sewing Machine Carrying Case

Molded from durable but lightweight plastic this 2-piece carrying and storage case fits any free-arm sewing machine. Locking metal side hinges; built-in handle; stay-clean surface. Measures 18 by 11-1/2 by 14 inches.

 

4: Fold Back to Make A Hem on the End Pieces

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Photo by Favored1

Now that the sides are sown in place and you have trimmed off the excess material, you will need to make a place for the cord. Fold back top end about 1/2 inch. Pin in place and sew it like a hem. Now do the same with the bottom so each end has a hem.

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Sulky RayonThread (40 Weight) - A better product for your money.

This is the thread I bought three years ago and that I used on some other wedding items. I started with another brand on this project, but it kept breaking, so I switched back to this thread. It's shiny, silky and really lasts a long time.

Don't use cheap thread or it will break in your sewing machines. It may be a little more money, but in the long run it comes out less expensive. Although the photo is showing rose thread, I used ivory or off white.

5: Fold Back Again to Make A Hem for the Cord

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Photo by Favored1

So that the cord section looks finished fold back the sections you just hemmed about 1/2 inch. Pin it in place. You will create a tube-like area for the cord to be threaded through.

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6: Sew Along the Hem You Already Made

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Photo by Favored1

See the first hem I sewed? Sew along that same hem (or as close as you can). It will leave a space for the cord to be threaded through it. On the right of the hem you can see where you will thread the cord.Photo by Favored1

Sewing on an applique'?

Applique' Placement - If you are not doing this, skip this step.

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Photo by Favored1

If you want to sew something on the pouch it's easiest to do it now. If you wait, it takes a lot of patience to fit your hand inside the pouch and get things sown properly.

Fold your pouch in half as if it were already finished. Pin the applique' in place before sewing it. Make sure it isn't near the bottom or it will look out of place when the project is complete. You can hand sew it or use the sewing machine, but go very slowly.

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7: Sew the Sides but Not the Top Part

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Photo by Favored1

Bring the sides up evenly. Your material should still be inside out. Sew up the sides, but not the top part that you made for the cord. Sew along the seams that you made when you first sewed the two pieces together.

Trim off the frayed parts, especially where the cord will be threaded.

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8: Turn Inside Out & Thread the Cord Using A Pin - I used a 1/8th inch decorative trim nylon ivory cord. It cost $1.99 for 24 feet.

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Photo by Favored1

Turn the pouch inside out so that the finished side is shown. With a very small safety pin, pierce the end of the cord, close the pin and thread it through beginning with the left side of the pouch. Make sure to thread it through both parts so it comes out the other side opposite of where you started. The right side of the pouch will have the cord going through it but not coming out that side. Look at the photo to see what I mean.

Cut the cord and sew the ends together by hand. Pull the cord on the opposite end so the knot is tight to the open end. Sew it in place and the ends together so the knot cannot move. You can do this on either side. Trim off any fraying. The cord I used looks and has the feel of satin, but is stronger.

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Fray Preventers: Use with Caution

Satin material does fray, a lot!

I know that these items work on other materials,

but DO NOT KNOW if they will work on satin.

Satin is tricky material and many things will stain and spread,

so I would check before using it.

However, if it does, that's great.

9: Add Bow Ribbon to Knot End

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Photo by Favored1

Make a small bow out of 1/2 or 1/4 inch satin ribbon. Sew it to the side that has the knot.

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10: Add Crystal Bead to Bow

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Photo by Favored1

If you like, sew a crystal bead to the bow before sewing it on the pouch or hot glue it on. I sewed mine.

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Final Product on You Tube - Sorry about the shadow of my hair and my husband in the background. He didn't know I was taping.

Finished Tissue & Lipstick Wedding Pouch - You can see the bride carrying her wedding tissue/handkerchief/lipstick pouch.

Photo by Arts + Life Photography via the bride
Photo by Arts + Life Photography via the bride

Photo by Art Life Photography courtesy of the bride.

Wedding Handkerchiefs - Handkerchiefs for the bride, groom, parents and wedding party.

I had a beautiful handkerchief on my wedding day and have added several to my collection. For this wedding (the couple above), the mother's were given a special handkerchief to mark the occasion.

Choose from a lacey hankie or from the vintage line. They are all beautiful and would fit nicely in the wedding pouch.

Brides Lace Bow and Poem Card White Handkerchief
Brides Lace Bow and Poem Card White Handkerchief

This was the top selling bride's handkerchief in 2012. It comes gift boxed.

 
Darice VL2030 Bride and Groom Hankie Set, Black/White, 2 Per Pack
Darice VL2030 Bride and Groom Hankie Set, Black/White, 2 Per Pack

This 2 piece victoria lynn bride and groom hankie set makes a great wedding gift. White embroidered lace edge hankie for the bride has a light blue bow detail with pearl embellishment. Black hankie has the word groom embroidered onto fabric.

 
Ivy Lane Design Handkerchief, Mothers Tears, Ivory
Ivy Lane Design Handkerchief, Mothers Tears, Ivory

Ivory linen hankie is 11 long. Give one to both sides of the family.

 
Hortense B. Hewitt Wedding Accessories Father of the Bride Hanky
Hortense B. Hewitt Wedding Accessories Father of the Bride Hanky

White with blue embroidery Gift boxed with a verse in blue ink 16-inch square.

 

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Beautiful Wedding Song for A Bride - Francesca Battistelli - Hundred More Years Lyrics

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      Fay Favored 10 months ago from USA

      Hello ... Didn't see this until today! So sorry. I wish the photos turned out better, but I was making them in the middle of the night to avoid extra help (kitties love to sew!) Forgot to get photos of the wedding shawl hubby made with me. I was so proud of him :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 21 months ago from United States

      These really are beautiful pouches! They are certainly easy enough to make too. Thank you for the suggestion and the instructions.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      kimberlyschimmel Thank you. I'm glad you liked the project.

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      Kimberly Schimmel, MLS 2 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      Practical and beautiful.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 2 years ago from United States

      What an excellent idea and wonderful tutorial!

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      EmmaGraceEllis LM 2 years ago

      Unique idea, so creative

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      @tazzytamar: When you have enough extra material it works out perfectly. The bride loved hers because it included material from her mom's wedding dress.

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      Anna 2 years ago from chichester

      What a great idea - you could use off cut material from your wedding gown too to match the dress exactly.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      This could make for a very nice personalized gift for a bride.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      What an absolutely sweet and practical idea for the two things a bride and her party need to have at all times....there will be tears and those lips have to look perfect for all those pictures everyone will be taking...sharing this sweetness for the wedding season with a FB like and G+....very nicely done! :)

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