Hand-Stitch a Felt Pouch

Do you need a coin purse? Or a business card holder? Or just a small wallet? Take a few minutes to make a felt pouch.

Make your own hand-stitched felt pouch with pretty felt and some simple stitching!

The key to an organized purse is lots of smaller bags within in...or at least that's what we tell ourselves! These fun and fuzzy felt pouches are perfect for all of your purse needs. It's the perfect size to hold business cards, gift cards, or spare change. It is also small and light enough to serve as a wallet when you downsize from your everyday tote to an evening clutch. Make a pouch that has limitless uses in just a few minutes.

  • Working Time 30 Minutes
  • Start to Finish 30 Minutes
  • Difficulty         Projects Easy
  • Involves Cutting, Sewing

What you need

Tools

  • Large-eye needle
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
  • Crafts knife

Materials

  • Felt
  • Wallet template
  • Embroidery floss
  • Buttons (x1)

How to do it

Step 1 Wallet Template

Using brightly colored felt will create a pouch that will surely pop from the depths of your tote bag. Lay the wallet template onto your piece of felt. Using a pencil, lightly trace the shape onto the felt. Cut the shape out. Then, use the straight pins to mark the felt where the template indicates folds.

Step 2 Stitching and Sewing

A plain pouch is no fun! Use the large-eye needle and embroidery floss to stitch a design onto what will become the back of the pouch. Little asterisks are easy to make and form a miniature constellation. Embroidery floss in a bright, contrasting color adds even more visual variety. After you've flexed your art skills on the back of the pouch, fold up the bottom section of the pouch to the line indicated on the template and already marked by a straight pin. Pin that fold into place. Use a blanket stitch to sew up one side of the pouch. Continue stitching around the top flap, and back down the other side. For a coordinated look, use the same color of embroidery floss that you used for the back design. If you are going for a quirkier, more eclectic vibe, pick a new color.

Step 3 Button and Buttonhole

Use the template to mark where the buttonhole should go. Then sew on a button, making sure it lines up with the buttonhole mark. Use a crafts knife to make a slit for the buttonhole. If you aren't absolutely sure what size the buttonhole should be, make a small slit. Then, see if the button fits through it. It's easier to make the slit a little longer but impossible to close it up once it is too long. Once your buttonhole is the perfect size, your felt pouch is done! It's ready to join the lip gloss, pens, and headphones already in your purse.

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