5 Ways to Re-Purpose Your Mother’s Clothing for Your Wedding

While many are fortunate enough to have their mothers be a part of their wedding, others are not afforded the same luxury. Although a wedding is a joyous time for brides to spend their days dreaming of the fabulous wedding and future to come, those who must brave it without their mothers may find this time difficult. To make it a little easier, we have a few ways to help you include your mother’s legacy into your big day. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3….

Step 1: Find an article of clothing (ie: shirt, dress, scarf, handkerchief) that you’d like to, and feel comfortable, repurposing.

Step 2: Choose a DIY project from the list below, or elsewhere, before you get started. Make sure it’s what you definitely want to do; as once you begin to cut the fabric it will be difficult to change the direction should you choose a different project mid-way through.

Step 3: Create a special, one-of-a-kind piece that reflects your and your mother’s love and spirit.

Project Ideas:

  1. Create a hair accessory for you to wear during your walk down the aisle. While there are many different hair accessory options, headband, pins, barrettes, and veils are most popular. Once you finish the project, consider adding embellishments to style it to fit your wedding look.

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feather bow - wedding hair accessories

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  1. Use the fabric to create a one-of-a-kind clutch to use during your wedding reception. If you have any trouble, a handbag repair shop or seamstress may be able to give you some advice and help you get on the right track. We suggest purchasing a basic clutch, measuring the fabric needed to cover the outside, cut accordingly, and use a hot glue gun to secure it on. Add ribbon, sequins, or other embellishments to take it to the next level.
clutch fabric

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  1. Use the fabric to create the ring bearer’s ring pillow or to line the flower girl’s petal basket. The ring bearer’s pillow is an easier DIY option and can be completed by sewing with either a machine or by hand. Once sewn, leave a small opening, add in some pillow stuffing, and then fully sew it closed and voila! To create the interior for a flower girl’s petal basket, we suggest taking the basket into your local arts and crafts supplies store for direction on how best to line it, since sizes and shapes vary.
wedding basket

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wedding ring bearer

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  1. Repurpose the fabric to act as your veil or accent a bridal hat! This is wonderful if the article of clothing is light, thin, and has lace or tool. You can make it completely your own and as simple or dazzling as you desire! Choose to keep it long and flowing or short and structured. For a more glamorous look, consider adding small feathers and crystals for dimension and sparkle.
wedding lace veil

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  1. Use the fabric to cover the exterior of the guest book with the fabric. For this project you can cover the outside of the guest book you plan to use and add elements like lace, ribbon, or a bow to feminize it. This is simple to do and can usually be completed with a pair of scissors to cut a simple glue gun to fasten it into place.
wedding lace book

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  1. Take remnants of the article of clothing and wrap around the base of your bouquet. This is ideal for fabrics like satin or ones that have lace or tool. Adding or intertwining ribbon with it can also add a pop of color, and for a rustic look, add twine.
wedding flowers

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Let us know if you’ve done any of these or have any suggestions for other brides!



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