April 28, 2019

DIY: Felt Pouches

For this video, I invited Jes to take on a sewing challenge. She has never used a sewing machine before and our mission is to sew felt pouches for each other. Download the templates below and try it with your friends! If you have a pouch design (Pizza? Ice Cream?) in your mind, let me know and I might work on the template too! 

MATERIALS:
  • Felt
  • Matching thread
  • Embroidery needle and thread
  • Zip
  • Tailor's chalk 
  • Sewing machine (domestic machine works well too!)
PREPARATION:
Download the patterns
Egg: [click]
Cactus: [click]
Cupcake: [click]
PDF size is A4, print pattern is true to size.
No seam allowance is required for this project

STEPS:
  1. First, use the chalk to trace the templates on the different felts and cut them out
  2. Next, mark the position for zip (placement is indicated on pattern) (You can do this for cupcake and egg, but for cactus, remember to sew the light green felt on the dark green first before marking) 
  3. (For cactus and cupcake) Place the lower piece against it to make sure the zip is not too close
  4. Fold the felt, make a snip in the middle first so its easier to cut it out.
  5. If zip is too long, place the felt over it to mark the new stop end
  6. Sew it down so the slider will stop there
  7. Confirm the length and check that the slider is secure before trimming off the extra ends
  8. Place the felt over the zip, secure it with pins and sew it down. Sew 2mm from the edge of felt all around
  9. Put the decorative pieces into positions and sew them down (egg yolk for egg pouch, can holder for cactus and decorative stripes for cupcake holder) 
  10. For the cupcake sprinkles and cactus spikes, use embroidery needle and thread to sew
  11. Mark the positions, use an embroidery needle and go through the felt several times, front and back. finish off with a knot at the back and do the same for the rest.
  12. Once done, attach the front and back together with pins, you can also do basting to prevent the layers from shifting too much before doing the machine stitch. Basting is a temporary stitch to hold all the layers, you can remove it after the machine stitch is completed. 
  13. After basting, some of the edges may be uneven so use the scissors to trim them
  14. Sew both layers together, 5mm from edge all around
  15. Reinforce the edges by using zigzag stitch and your pouch is completed. Most domestic machines have this function, remember to adjust and test the stitch width and length on scraps before working on your pouch


Let me know if you liked this new 'Challenge Accepted' series and if I should invite more people to join in the fun, tag me on @acetually if you make these pouches with your friends. I'm also planning for the next project and its got something to do with pets! :D I'll see you real soon. Off to Bangkok now! xx

Love,
Ace
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