This year I'm trying to start early. Not to scare anyone, but Christmas is 4 months from this Sunday. If you are thinking about making gifts for Christmas, I'd start now or you'll be like me...stitching on Christmas Eve!
This year I was thinking about a fabric pouch that can hold lots of different things in your purse. I usually invite 50-60 ladies to the party, so the project has to be assembly-line style.
This is my first attempt at the pouch. I'll be playing with different ribbons and trims and different stitches for the edge or no stitching at all.
This is a quick SEW or NO SEW project and would make great little gifts for any occasion.
I used felt fabric that you purchase by the yard. It's very wide at 72 inches, so you can get a lot from the width. Felt is perfect for this project, because you can leave the raw (unsewn) edge and it won't fray.
These are my measurements, but you can adjust the size to fit your needs. The tutorial is more for the basic instructions.
I cut the strip of felt 4 inches wide x 15 inches long.
If you want a rounded end, place a can on one end of the felt strip and trace the curve.
Trim the curve.
Now fold up the bottom about 5 inches or your desired size. Pin
Cut a piece of ribbon, ric rac, or trim that will be used to secure the flap. Cut it a 1/2 inch longer on both sides.
Fold over the extra half inch and tuck into the edge of the 2 pieces of felt.
Stitch with a narrow hem on both sides.
If you are No Sew, you could just run a bead of hot glue on each side!
Fold over the top flap and tuck under the ric rac to secure. Technically you're done, but...
you can embellish with a button...
or a blanket stitch. Tutorial to follow.
Blanket Stitch Tutorial
I know there is a proper way to do a blanket stitch, but I taught myself this stitch was I was little and it's the only way I know how to do it.
Knot off your thread and hide knot on the back or between the 2 pieces of fabric.
Bring your needle UP from the BACK to the FRONT.
Pull the thread until a small loop forms.
Take your needle and bring it up through the loop from underneath.
Pull the thread to form the vertical line of thread on the edge of your fabric.
Start again by bringing your needle up from the back. Repeat with needle through the loop from underneath.
Make sure you evenly space your stitches when you insert the needle each time.
If you want a wider look or longer stitches on top of the fabric, insert your needle further from the edge.
This is a narrow stitch all the way around the pouch.
These little pouches are great in a purse for...
- first aid kit
- sewing kit
- mini wallet
- gift card holder
- phone or ipod pouch
- candy stash
Perfect size for so many things.
I'll keep you updated on my progress with the party favors...one down 59 to go!!