Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Little Felt Pouch Tutorial

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you may remember back in September 2011 I posted a tutorial on how to make a cute, stitched felt clutch using a single piece of felt and some scraps to make a flower. (Click HERE to see that tutorial.)

Well, the project that I am sharing with you today is a spin on my previous felt clutch tutorial. These felt pouches are just smaller...perfect for tucking a note pad and pencil in to keep in your purse or car! These would also be great for presenting a gift card to your gal pal's favorite store. These work up pretty fast - I whipped these cuties up while watching TV a couple of evenings last week:

Begin with a standard piece of felt that you can buy at your local craft store. (Hobby Lobby carries these in LOTS of great colors, and they are priced at 4 pieces for $1.00. They even have printed pieces of felt in super fun patterns like sock monkeys, smiley faces, polka dots, hearts, etc.)

Ready to get started? Let's go! Begin by folding a piece of felt in half, then cut along the fold:

Next fold one of the cut pieces of felt as shown in the photo below. This will create the pouch and the upper flap. You can iron the felt if you like, so that it holds its shape, or you can just finger-press it which works fine too!

Free-hand cut a couple of flowers, leaves and a flower center from coordinating scraps of felt. Stitch around the flowers and leaves using a basic running stitch and two strands of embroidery floss. Tuck the edges of the flower center under and stitch it to the layered flowers as shown here:

Tack the leaves to the underside of the flower and set aside:

Using 3 strands of embroidery floss, blanket stitch around the outer edges of the pouch. Not sure how to do a blanket stitch? It's an easy stitch that adds a pretty, finished look to all kinds of projects! Here's a simple diagram to show you how:

Here's what your pouch will look like once you've completed blanket stitching the edges:

Tack the stitched flower to the front flap of the pouch. Cut a piece of Velcro and attach it to the pouch using fabric glue as shown in the next photo. (The top piece of Velcro covers the tack-down stitches holding my flower to the flap of the pouch.) NOTE: To keep the glue from seeping through the inside of the pouch, slip a small piece of foil into the pouch to keep the glue from seeping to the other side.
Once the glue has thoroughly dried you can tuck in some goodies and close up your cute little pouch! TA-DAH!!

Here's another look at the stack of pouches that I've been making...just waiting for some goodies!

Thanks for dropping by today! Wishing you a blessed week!


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