Lorelei Jayne Handmade BG Bag turns Bridal Bag


We're finishing up our week of pattern hacking with a fun project that is a little less of a hack and a little bit more of a planned repurposing. Gloria chose the BG Bag from Lorelei Jayne Handmade, moved the center pleats from the original design to the sides to make it more suitable for embroidery and made a personalized  Bridal Bag like this one featured on The Knot for her new daughter in law. Such a fun project- and one that would also be great for recent high school grads going off to college in just a few more weeks!  




I love weddings in June.  I was married in June.  And my son was just married on the same day in June as my mother’s parents.  For this wedding, I didn’t have any particular responsibilities -- not at all like my daughter’s wedding last October.  For that reason, I wanted to create something personal for my future daughter-in-law:  a Bridal Bag.

Lorelei Jayne Handmade has the perfect bag for this!  The BG Bag comes in two sizes:  a Beach Bag, and a Hand Bag.  Knowing that I would stuff the Bridal Bag with everything under the sun (as any mother would), I chose the Beach Bag.  

I was thrilled with the instructions and construction technique.  I’m not a bag maker, so I need clear instructions and helpful hints to get through my fear.  I was finished with the bag before I realized it and I was so glad!

This PDF Pattern includes:

  • Fabric requirements in metres, Seam Allowance in inches

  • Fabric suggestions

  • Step by Step Instructions

  • Color Photos

  • Pattern Pieces and Measurements in inches

  • Tips & Tricks to help you make your bag

  • Option to make bag reversible without enclosure; or

  • Option to add lining and closure

I chose to make the lined version with closure.  Lorelei Jayne provides great instruction to add your closure -- she doesn’t just refer you to the closure’s package instructions!

For my Bride, I wanted to include a lot of items to cover all sorts of situations.  The wedding was out of town, so with this large bag and all the items I’ve stuffed it with, she was be good to go.

First Aid Kit

Sewing Kit

Make Up Remover Towelettes

Water Bottle


Wrinkle Release Spray

Baby Powder


Tide To Go

Moisturizing Lotion

Pepto Bismol

Clorox Cleaning Wipes

Hand Sanitizer

Benadryl Stick


Mosquito Spray

Bobbie Pins

Eyeglass Wipes


Favorite Candy/Snack


Anti-Static Spray

Towels (one for before & after)

Favorite Soda/Juice Drink

I am very pleased with this pattern and the end result.  I love using my embroidery machine as often as I can and this bag gave me yet another opportunity to embellish creatively.  (I did move the pleats to the side of the bag so that I could use my extra large hoop for this project.) 

The Bride loved her bag and was prepared for everything on her special day. Now that the celebration has passed, she has a keepsake bag to store some wedding remembrances. Emergency kits can be prepared for so many different occasions and are a fun and practical way to show people how much you care.

Happy Sewing,

gloria june