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the “pamper the bride” bridal shower gift

I recently attended a “pamper the bride” shower… I’d never been to one before, and these “themed” showers seem to be all the rage right now. Anyone can go out to a bath and body store and get something that smells divine, but I’m all about being original… so here’s what I came up with!

I was given the info that the bride likes “vanilla scent” and I had just found the wonder of scented yarn. I have a pattern for a kid’s bath mitt and ideas started to fly around in my head. I made crocheted the front and back of 1 bath mitt and didn’t attach the front and the back (they’re identical).

Then I cut out 4 identical pieces for each of 2 colors of “spa-ish” fabric (Robert Kaufman – Night and Day”) by drawing around the crocheted mitt and giving about a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

I sewed 2 pieces of one color right sides together, leaving the base raw – this is the lining. Then I stacked the remaining two pieces of that color right sides together with the mitt in the middle (there is no right side to the mitt) and sewed around the outside making sure to catch all three layers and leaving the base edge raw – this is the outer shell.

I turned the 3-layer stack right side out and pushed the liner inside the outer shell. I turned in the bottom of both and top stitched around the entire base. Viola, one scented bath mitt, repeat with other fabric color.

The gift bag was much like the wine bottle holder in “One Yard Wonders”, it consists of an inner and outer in contrasting colors with ribbons sewed into the seams of each so it’s completely reversible.

Just like the bath mitts, the inner was fitted into the outer (or the outer was fitted into the inner – they’re identical) with the raw edges turned in and top-stitched. To top off the spa pack, I put in a large jar candle that smells like cookies, so I made sure to make the bottom of the bag at least as large as the candle. Tie it up and viola!

the story of the Tamara-griffin

Here it is, another scheduled post, brought to you by the wonder of WordPress. It’s currently FRIDAY and I spent all night working on a gift for SUNDAY and it’s half-done, but I ran out of one color of thread! This post will go up Monday after the beautiful bride-to-be receives this gift at her shower, but I need to find somewhere that sells sulky thread and carries this shade of light grey! First take a look at the gift-in-progress, and then I’ll tell you the story.

When I was in high school I moved provinces. The timing of the move meant that I went from high school in BC to junior high in Alberta. It was slightly traumatic – I had to leave my friends, my boyfriend, my school, the town of 3000 people where I spent most of my childhood. The very first person I was introduced to when I arrived at my new school was Jesse. Jesse is a book lover, a D&D’er, a procurer of fantasy, Monty Python, and Lost Boys. I think the first thing she ever gave me was an illustration of a “Tamara-griffin” – a griffin that reflected everything about me through her eyes.

A lot of has happened since then. I went to university, she took up the trades. I bought a house in the city, she lives out at the farm. She was a bridesmaid at my wedding and her son was the ring-bearer. Now she’s getting married in 2 weeks(!!!) and her bridal shower is this weekend, a “linen shower”. I had no idea what that was so I started googling, and there’s no registry, no color schemes, nothing. So I thought of the most Jesse-thing I could think of and made it. So I guess in return for the Tamara-griffin, she gets a Jesse-towel? 😀

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