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Recycling Your Alterations

You recently bought your wedding dress, yet it still needs to be altered. You just spent a lot of money on that gorgeous dress, and, understandably, you don’t want to throw away the pieces they cut off. So now you’re wondering, what exactly can I do with the extra bits to my dress? We’ve found some interesting ideas to turn that piece of fabric into a wonderful keepsake.


Photo courtesy of Cavanaugh Photography.

Incorporating It into Your Wedding

Have you gotten a garter yet? Have you purchased the lingerie you planned on wearing with your gown? Or what about a ring bearer pillow? Maybe you need the perfect bow to add to your flower girl’s dress? Chances are you may be able to find a tailor who can transform that piece of fabric from your gown into one of those four options. Not only would it be a very cute – or sexy – addition, it would be a neat way to incorporate your dress into another part of the bridal party, too.

If you only have a small piece, you may want to wrap it around the stems of your bouquet or your bridesmaids’. Depending on how much – or how little – they took off your dress you could even turn it into a shawl or a sash for your mother, the groom’s mother, either grandmother or even your bridesmaids!

A cute clutch made from your fabric or even another purse recovered in the lace from your gown could add to your outfit or could be a nice thank you gift to your bridesmaids. If you’re looking for something to give your mother or mother-in-law, it could be a very sentimental gift and yet another way for them to feel included in your special day.

Another option is to turn it into a handkerchief for your father or grandfather, as they may need something to dry their tears with as they watch you marry the man of your dreams. Lastly, you could always give it to your groom as a pocket square to wear for the wedding. (How cute is that?!)

Photo courtesy of BCR Studios by Brad.

Photo courtesy of BCR Studios by Brad.

Photo courtesy of Behr Photography.

Photo courtesy of Behr Photography, LLC.

Photo courtesy of Art Photography by Valerie.

Photo courtesy of Art Photography by Valerie.

Photo courtesy of BCR Studios by Brad.

Photo courtesy of BCR Studios by Brad.

Photo courtesy of Cavanaugh Photography.

Photo courtesy of Cavanaugh Photography.

Photo courtesy of Carol Malick.

Photo courtesy of Carol Malick Photography

Treasuring It as a Keepsake

So maybe you don’t need to incorporate your dress scraps on your big day but would rather keep it in a way that’s different. You may opt to have it turned into a keepsake drawstring bag, which you could use to store little mementos and jewelry from your big day! However, if a keepsake bag isn’t your style, you may decide to turn it into a stuffed memory bear (just like a teddy bear).

You could use it as a mat for a picture frame or the background for your wedding scrapbook. Another nice reminder of your wedding day could be a pillow you keep in your living room or bedroom.

If, by chance, you have a lot of fabric left over, like if you had a whole train removed, you might decide that you want it made into a skirt or a dress for you to save and wear for your first wedding anniversary.

If you’re planning on having children one day, you could have it made into a dress for a ceremonial event, like a christening, or you could have it made into a beautiful baby blanket for when that next special day comes. You may even want to keep it saved for special holidays: Try turning it into a table runner for when the family comes over or having it made into a Christmas tree skirt.

No matter what you choose to do with it, your options are endless.  There’s no right or wrong way to go about recycling your alteration leftovers. As long as it’s good for you, it’s good for everyone else, too!

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