We made it to seven years of marriage! Woo hoo!  My husband and I met about 10 years ago when we were both stationed in Germany.  Seven years and 2 kids later, I can trully say it’s beena rough road but it’s all worth it.  God has trully blessed us!andrewtab1

So when we got married, we decided that instead of spending money on extravagant gifts for one another, we would get creative and follow the tradional wedding gift list.  I loved this idea because it’s quite exciting to see what we can come up with for one another.  Although I may seem like the most creative one out of us both, he has outdone himself every year.
1st Year: Paper
2nd Year: Cotton
3rd Year: Leather
4th Year: Fruit/ Flowers
5th Year: Wood
6th Year: Candy/ Iron

This year, I think I have finally came up with an amazing gift that he would enjoy.  This year, is the year of wool and/or copper.
7Copper has a traditional meaning of prosperity, good luck, and good fortune. Couples who celebrate their seventh wedding anniversary can indeed celebrate their good fortune in finding one another.
The gift of wool represents the comfort, durability, security, and warmth that couples married this long give one another.

Since he enjoys my sewing, I decided to go ahead make him a toiletry bag made from faux wool (felt) and faux leather.  I went to this upscale shaving boutique, The Art of Shaving, and filled his bag with some shaving balm, shaving cream, after shave, a shaving brush, and gorgeous copper shaving razor.

The toiletry bag took quite some time because since I was using contrasting thread, I had to make sure that everything was perfectly straight.
bag2bag1If you want to make this toiletry bag for a special man in your life, you can use the makeup bag tutorial that I linked below and adjust the measurements as follows:
Zipper (Metal): 16″-18″
Main Bag (Felt): 12″ x 16″
Lining: (Duck Cloth): 12″ x 16″
Interfacing: 12″ x 16″
* Take note: When measuring your corners, each corner should be 2.5″ deep and 5″ across.

9 thoughts on “Seven

  1. That is sooooo nice. U have a beautiful family. If you done mind me asking what type of sewing machine do u use? Your work is flawless.


    • It’s a Singer Heavy Duty 4423 machine. BUT, I would not recommend any Singer machines. The newer ones are poor quality and the customer service from this company is terrible. If you read the reviews from others on their website, you’ll see. Brother’s and Janome machines are great! As far as flawless, I just take my time and don’t rush anything. Thank you so much for the compliment.


  2. Congratulations.The bag looks so original and beautiful. I have a quick question if you don’t mind. How did you go about adding the leather. Was it before or after sewing it together.


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