Today is the first day of Spring. I did not plan it this way, but it seems fitting to complete this project at this time.
A couple of years ago, a dear friend asked me to make a wedding pouch for her and her fiancé, to be used to carry their wedding bands to the ceremony. At that time, I made a simple, double-sided pouch that fit in the palm of the hand, using fabric my friend had selected. Each side contained one of the wedding bands. The vows were folded and tucked in the middle section.
I usually allow new ideas to surface on their own. Ever since I made that first pouch, I had been wanting to create something else for weddings, but was never quite happy with subsequent designs. Then, this one took form, and I must say that I am quite pleased with it. Silvio, at Ornament Studio, is already suggesting I make more, but with a strap to wear as a change purse. I like the idea. It could also hold a cell phone.
For now, this is The Wedding Pouch. I imagine it could have other uses as well: Vow renewal, for instance, or for a baby christening gift, or even to hold the keys to a new home for a first-time homeowner, with a little note in the main compartment. This is what I like about pouches. The possibilities are endless.
It opens simply, without a clasp, so that nervous hands may not be a problem. Wedding vows can be printed out and folded in the main compartment for the ceremony, and then returned here for keeping. The wedding bands, as you see, rest in the heart-shaped compartment in front. The top of the heart folds over to keep them from falling out. This allows easy access also. Dimensions: Approximately 5″ x 5″.