February 17 ~ Wedding Inspiration

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Bridesmaid Duffels by Cherie, Studio Cherie

Cherie writes, “I sell ready made duffels (it seems they always sell before they are finished, so I have had trouble stocking them), custom duffels and the PDF pattern for how to make your own. Working with brides has been wonderful for me. Whether their budget is a set of bridesmaids clutches or a set of duffels, it’s such an exciting time in their lives. I think about the people while I sew, and I feel like I am helping to send them off on an amazing journey.” These are from Cherie’s pattern and were Christmas presents for the bridesmaids (pink & green wedding colors).

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170 Responses to February 17 ~ Wedding Inspiration

  1. Jane says:

    Love it! might have to whip up a few of these!

  2. Brooke says:

    great idea!

  3. christy says:

    Ooh, I love these!

  4. Lori says:

    I’m so excited with the pattern for these…going to make these for Christmas this year 🙂

  5. peggyann says:

    I agree the duffle makes a wonderful and useful! gift for bridesmaids.

  6. love the photo of them all piled up, Cherie, well done! I am in awe of you design skills, workmanship, and marketing savvy!

  7. Ramona says:

    Wow! These are so adorable and who doesn’t use a duffel bag. I love it.

  8. Kelly says:

    Such a cute gift! Love it!

  9. Jeanie says:

    What a wonderful idea! They are beautiful. A great gift for any gal!

  10. This is a very cute and practical gift to give your bridesmaids!!

  11. Cindy says:

    A duffel for bridesmaid’s gifts. One size fits all. What a great idea! And these are so cute.

  12. Brynn says:

    Hi Everybody! I’m the bride who requested the above bags for my destination wedding in the spring. My bridesmaids LOVED the bags!! Cherie does very professional work, there’s nothing I would change! I had her pick the fabric out, and they are so beautiful, I love them! I ordered an extra to get one for myself too, and I’ve already used it a bunch – it fits perfectly in the overhead, or under the seat in front of you if need be!

  13. Margie Bennett says:

    Wow they are so pretty!!

  14. Amy says:

    Wonderful! I just ordered the pattern.

  15. jamie bender says:

    love the wedding inspiration!

  16. Jules says:

    These are gorgeous. Her etsy site is inspiring.

  17. Vicki says:

    Beautiful duffels and a great idea!

  18. sulovessew says:

    awww, i wish i knew about this pattern when i got married, perfect bridesmaid gift

  19. Nicole says:

    Love these!

  20. Elaina says:

    Those are so beautiful. I love the pattern choice with the mix of colors.

  21. Kris says:

    These are so beautiful! What a great way to show your appreciation to your bridal party.

  22. debra says:

    these are gorgeous! What a great bridesmaid gift, something beautiful and practical!

  23. Cami says:

    I have been eying those duffels for the longest time. I love them!

  24. Ruth says:

    I would give these as gifts any time – they’re fab!

  25. Janet A says:

    Love these color combinations! How neat that the bride’s colors are used but different fabrics so that the individual can enjoy.

  26. Kacie J says:

    I love these duffels! My sister is gettin married soon I’m going to have to pass this on. Many of her bridesmaids are in college and could use something to travel back and forth in.

  27. Karen says:

    Super idea – better than the tried and tired jewelry!

  28. Desiree says:

    These bags are amazing! They are so cute – I am not a fan of sewing in zippers, but I might give this pattern a go.

  29. Patti Johnson says:

    The bags are great! I really want to make myself a new purse/bag, I have so many patterns & ideas floating in my head but time just doesn’t make itself available!!!!

  30. min says:

    So cool! I would LOVE to see a smaller version for a toiletry kit. It looks like a good shape for toothbrushes and makeup.

  31. Amy says:

    Wow! I wish I could be in one of those weddings — or 6 or 10 of them! Those bags are beautiful!

  32. Kelli says:

    I wish I’d gotten something like that as a bridesmaid…or given it as a bride. What nice gifts! I am very jealous…

  33. Becky says:

    what a great useful gift

  34. Katy L says:

    Wow! I got my bridesmaids bags, but they weren’t nearly as customized as those are. How cute!

  35. Tina Mackey says:

    Those are so great! I wish I had thought of doing that for my bridesmaids!

  36. aSprinkling says:

    These look very nice. I just might have to make one for my sister-in-law!

  37. jennifer says:

    I think these would be such great bridesmaid gifts!

  38. Dana B. says:

    What a great bag! I want one!

  39. Val Miller says:

    loving these … might have to make myself one !!

  40. anja says:

    lovely, practical gift idea

  41. Mary P says:

    Wow! Fun! And all I gave my bridesmaids was a necklace, brunch, and a mani/pedi.

  42. Hilda says:

    those duffels are beautiful!

  43. Love them…I am going to make a set for our family for our cruise!

  44. Deanna says:

    These are great looking bags. They would also work as sports or travel bags for your busy athlete–male or female. Very nice.

  45. SewLindaAnn says:

    It’s great to give your bridesmaids a gift they can use over and over and really love!

  46. Melanie says:

    Those bags are beautiful! I’ll have to try one 🙂

  47. Claudia says:

    These duffels make you want to be a bridesmaid rather than a bride! Beautiful!

  48. Karen D. says:

    WOW what nice gifts! Something so special and different!

  49. tscd says:

    These are So cute – love the prints

  50. stacy says:

    I love these duffels!!! Now I MUST make one (or five!)

  51. Dee says:

    I’m going away in a few weeks and would love to have such a gorgeous duffel to take with me!

  52. Mama Lusco says:

    These are fabulous!

  53. Susanne says:

    What a great bag — gotta have it!

  54. jacqui says:

    This is such a great idea! I might have to make them for all my bridesmaids as thank you gifts….3 years after my wedding!!

  55. Melissa says:

    Dang! Missed the pattern! I sure wish I’d received one of these when I was a bridesmaid!

  56. Andrea says:


  57. Katie B says:

    Wow. These would be great gifts for just about any occasion!

  58. auschick says:

    these are fabulous!!

  59. Mary says:

    Those are fantastic!

  60. Brandi says:

    OMG!!! I love love love luggage and bags, any kind…it’s sad, I have more than I could ever carry. Such a wonderful idea, I will definitely have to make me one, or two, or you know a set….

  61. Christine says:

    Gorgeous bags! Makes me want to travel…. or sew!!

  62. 4vs1 says:

    Wow! Those are great!!! What a fun idea to make them for bridesmaids!

  63. cindy mccracken says:

    love them!!!!

  64. Delia says:

    Those are very cute.

  65. jennee says:

    I love these. Such A good idea. I might have to whip some up for everyone in my family of 6.

  66. ~Helena~ says:

    They are so cute.What a great gift idea.

  67. Holly says:

    Those are really nice. What a great bridesmaid gift idea!

  68. Barb Coleman says:

    Brilliant idea!

  69. KatieV says:

    What a great bridesmaid gift–so much more useful than the mongrammed whatever you’d normally give. 🙂

  70. Susan says:

    Beautiful duffles! I’m so encouraged that she grants a cottage license with the patterns, too! My husband and I are considering a year of travel for our church ministry in 2011; these would be fantastic for that!

  71. Lucy says:

    I love these, and not just for bridesmaids gifts. I would use these for everything as they are the perfect size – one to go with my tennis bag, one to hold my travel toiletries, one for my knitting and crochet projects, etc. So amazing and cute!

  72. Kaylin Keres says:

    I wish I had this idea a year and a half ago when I was engaged! I’ll just have to send this post to some of my engaged girlfriends so they can get in on it!

  73. Katie says:

    What an awesome pattern. Just ordered it. Finally have to work out my zipper skills I guess.

  74. Jenny says:

    Wow! SO lovely!

  75. Stephanie says:

    What a fun idea! When my sister gets married, this will be on the list!

  76. These bags are so cute!, practical, and unique. Perfect gifts to make.

  77. Cary says:

    Love these bags!

  78. V Reed says:

    what a great idea for bridesmaids gifts! Something cute and practical!

  79. Beth says:

    Oh, I wonder how hard this would be to scale down. I’m looking for a large camera and lens bag!

  80. beth says:

    You did a beautiful job of selecting colors and patterns that offer wonderful variety in the product. Stunning!

  81. Sarah S says:

    Those are gorgeous!

  82. keren says:

    wow – these are SOOOO beautiful and proffesional!!

  83. Natasha says:

    These look really great- good project for a winter day!

  84. Danielle says:

    Definitely great for way more than just weddings! Such a great product.

  85. Stephanie G. says:

    Gorgeous bags! Look forward to giving it a go.

  86. Jen says:

    shoot I wish I had seen these before I got married, what treat for bridesmaids, and you could fill them with wedding day essentials (gum, chapstick, deodorant, a razor…)

  87. amelia says:

    pretty bags.

  88. Stacey Lynn says:

    Those are wonderful!! When will the pattern be available again?

  89. Megan says:

    I know Cherie personally–she’s fantastic. I just bought the pattern last week. How fun to see her featured here!

  90. Alissa D says:

    These would also make a great labor bag. I’ll have to hint to my husband… 😉

  91. Banana says:

    What a great idea; I would love to have gotten this as a bridesmaid!

  92. kristin says:

    I LOVE these bags and am going to buy a pattern today! It will be perfect for weekend trips!

  93. Tina Melczarek says:

    lovely bags! 🙂

  94. Bernadette says:

    these bags are fantastic. would love to try them

  95. lisap says:

    It is so wonderful to see a talented sewist’s business thriving in these economically challenged times! Yea!!

  96. FP Wear says:

    These are awesome. What a practical gift! I want 3 all for me!

  97. Elizabeth says:

    These a great! I went to go buy her pattern, but is all sold out! 🙁

  98. I love these great wedding/bridal ideas. So many of my friends are getting married and its great to have new creative ideas for them. Thanks!

  99. Alyssa says:

    What a nice idea! I’m past needing bridesmaids but I love the bags!

  100. Maya says:

    I love bags and I really love this duffle bag!

  101. Stacey C. says:

    These are gorgeous! Lucky bridesmaids!

  102. StudioCherie says:

    Hi, I’m Cherie,
    Thanks for all of the wonderful comments and for buying the pattern. I hope you love your duffles as much as we love ours. I have a new tote pattern I am working on today. Be sure to check back for it next week. Thanks for the feature here!

  103. alisha says:

    Those look fantastic!

  104. Amber says:

    What a great bag – off to check out the pattern!

  105. Jan says:

    These are great! I’ve been searching for bridesmaid gifts.

  106. Beth says:

    Handmade bridesmaid gifts are the best! I made my bridesmaids clutch purses and I made the flowergirl and ring bearer little drawstring backpacks. They loved them so much!

  107. I love Cherie’s shop! Especially those fabric luggage tags!

  108. Cristi says:

    Great idea.

  109. Linda says:

    Great idea. Very stylish and practical.

  110. kim says:


  111. Cinnamon says:

    What a useful bridesmaid’s gift. I like it better than the standard jewelry.

  112. Melinda R says:

    Adorable and a great bridesmaid gift idea. My sister gave us all beach bags that I still use.

  113. Emily H says:

    I absolutely love these duffels! I can think of so many ways I could use it. Thanks for bringing such a wonderful pattern and duffel to our attention.

  114. Paula says:

    I thought I was reading Cherie’s blog when this came up on my reader. glad to see it somewhere else. Love them Cherie! Perfect as usual.

  115. Megan L says:

    I LOVE this idea! I think it’s probably a bit beyond my abilities right now, but I love the idea for the future!

  116. kelly jo says:

    They are absolutely adorable! I love those duffels!

  117. those duffels are wonderful, and what a perfect gift

  118. Jackie H says:

    These looks great! They look even better than Vera Bradley! 😉

  119. Faith says:

    That is sort of what I did for my bridesmaids. I was too busy to sew four bags though so I had one of my friends (who has a much better eye for fabric) do bags for me. My sisters loved them.

  120. Martha says:

    PERFECT! My daughter is marrying in December. YAHOO! A gift that is affordable, unique and usable! Perfect.

  121. jd says:

    Thats a cute idea… I haven’t decided what to do for my bridesmaids yet, so maybe this!

  122. Aleeah says:

    Being a craft/sewing enthusiast that works in a library, I am very conscious of copyright and licensing. I love that this pattern thinks of that and includes a license with the purchase. It helps everyone stay legal while acknowledging the designer’s hard work. Great job!

  123. Shannon F. says:

    These are FANTASTIC! I’m going to be sure to tell my unwed friends to keep this idea!

  124. Addy says:

    I love them! What a special gift!

  125. Katie says:

    Great bags!

  126. Roxanne says:

    Awesome! I love these!

  127. Angie H. says:

    Those are just fabulous! I have seen her patterns on etsy…I think I may just have to get this one! Thanks for the story.

  128. Aditi says:

    These are awesome! Only problem is they make me miss my sewing machine even more! (it has been out for repairs for THREE MONTHS now! argh!)

  129. Ashley Ann says:

    Those are adorable!

  130. DebbieB says:

    These are gorgeous! I’d love to have one. I’m still somewhat zipper phobic so it may be beyond my skills.

  131. gillian says:

    This is a really nice and thoughtful gift. I like how all the bags complement each other but each person gets something unique.

  132. carolyn says:


  133. Vicki K says:

    I’d love to be a bridesmaid receiving one of these!!

  134. duff says:

    those are way cute and I’m glad she’s offering the pattern–what a steal!

  135. gina says:

    love the duffles! when will a pattern be available again??

  136. kriswithmany says:

    Her pattern is “sold out.” Beautiful bags, and great idea!

  137. Shelly says:

    These are such a great idea – and they’re so pretty too!

  138. KristieS says:

    Absolutely beautiful bags! And what a great bridesmaid’s gift!

  139. Julie says:

    These look so stylish and look like they would hold a lot.

  140. very pretty! i like them.

  141. Rebecca says:

    As a bride-to-be this summer, and someone who has stood up in 7 other weddings, these are the kind of gifts every bridesmaid wants to get!

  142. simone says:

    The duffels are so cute, with wonderful fabrics! I’ve never seen them here.

  143. I love these duffels! I wish I was this talented! Something to aspire to!

  144. leigh7911 says:

    Eeep! I’ve been looking for something like this!

  145. sharon says:

    The perfect size and gorgeous too, thanks Sharon.

  146. Christina Davis says:

    those are really pretty!!

  147. jill says:

    I have seen these alot in wedding guides this year. It is very popular for the brides party to each have their own duffle bag for the wedding. Especially perfect for destination weddings>

  148. Kimberly says:

    These are gorgeous – what a generous bridesmaid’s gift!

  149. Karen H says:

    Those would make a great gift for any occasion!

  150. Angela says:

    Those duffles are beautiful and unique!

  151. Kristine says:

    Really cool! The pattern looks great!

  152. Amy says:

    These are great. I need one for this weekend…

  153. Paula L. says:

    Very pretty! Must try to make one.

  154. Maria says:

    These duffels are perfect! I can’t wait to try them. And the other bags in her etsy shop are fantastic too!

  155. Hilary says:

    Everything looks even lovelier in multiples!

  156. Nicole says:

    These are so cute! I’ll have to add it to my ever-growing list of projects to do!

  157. Cindy says:

    Wow, I would have loved to receive one of these duffles as a bridesmaid. I’ll have to store that idea away for my daughter’s weddings. Think I’ll remember in 10 years?

  158. AmyB says:

    What a terrific idea!

  159. Jessica C says:

    This looks so fun, I neeed to check out this pattern!

  160. Jen says:

    Love the idea. Going to pass it on for sure.

  161. I am a bridesmaid in Aug maybe I can get my bride to buy own for me..lol These are lovely I will have to checkout the pattern and maybe make one for her 🙂

  162. Sonya M says:

    Great bridesmaids gifts!

  163. Its_Lily says:

    Weddings? These would be good for anytime! I can see giving a few of these as gifts in my future.

  164. Kristi says:

    What a perfect bridesmaid gift! I’ve got two months, hm….

  165. Marilyn says:

    Oh my how beautiful and thoughtful that you would have these for your bridesmaids!

  166. Tong says:

    These are wonderful! Look so pretty too!

  167. Marcia W. says:

    Of all the wedding posts to-date, I like this duffel idea the most.

  168. sarah says:

    wow – what a pretty stack!

  169. Southern Gal says:

    Wow! I love these!! What a great idea.

  170. Michelle M says:

    Oh my gosh I love these duffels. They are the perfect size!

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