Tuesday, February 05, 2013

A Tutorial

So last weekend my son had a birthday party. I was busy with a lot of sewing, a new puppy (and bunny), and who knows what else. Usually I am very efficient with these things, but I forgot about goody bags. His party was at an indoor kart racing place that has arcade games. I decided, instead of getting icky candy and plastic toys that will break within one second, I'd make pouches and fill them with quarters for the arcade. Originally, I used this tutorial to make these pouches:
But then I thought I could maybe take these a little farther. The pouches (above) are based on an 8" circle. I wanted to make something a little bigger, and a little tighter at the top. The drawstrings in the pouches I made originally are an inch apart. I made these new ones with a half inch space between the holes, 1 inch from the edge of the circle, not the petals. First I traced a circle from a 10" embroidery hoop. I originally used a marker that disappears with water, but it does not work well on the felt.
Next, I measured an inch from the circle, and a half inch between dots. These dots are where the holes will go for your string, cord, etc., to tie the bag closed. I had to switch to a permanent marker here, and it bled a little, so make sure to use a marking tool that will show up but won't screw up your design!
Then I took a petal template I had and traced petals, close together, above the edge of the 10" circle I originally traced.
After tracing the petals, I cut out the design, using smaller scissors around the intricate petals.
To make the task quicker, I used a hole punch to make holes for my ribbon. I used a punch with a bigger hole than I needed, so you can see the holes better.
I took 1/8" orange ribbon and weaved it through the holes I made previously. I could have used cord, lace, etc. to put through the holes, as long as I can tie it.
They would be cute as party table favors! This example, of course, is very simple, but one could embellish the petals, sew in a contrasting lining, however far your imagination takes you...

19 comments:

Joyce Bell said...

I love this...thinking you could push the bottom up and tack it so it would be concave and volia' as pretty hat!..very creative, I bet they looked great all together...

Mara said...

Yep, could be a hat! If I have more time, maybe I'll make one.

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