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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Papertrey Ink September 2012 Blog Hop

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It's time for another Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.

 
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This month we were challenged to make a packaging project using fabric or felt and PTI dies. The inspiration photo and Nichole's  outline provided me with a few ideas:

It's all about wrapping it up.  Whether you are preparing early for the holidays or have an upcoming birthday or two, try experimenting with fabric & felt packaging ideas.  Use any of our Favor It dies with felt and a little hot glue gun action or stitching.  Use a pretty piece of fabric like you would wrapping paper and make a custom tag to coordinate with it.  Not into sewing or gluing?  Wrap a kitchen towel or cloth napkin around a special bottle of wine and top it off with a hand-stamped gift label.  Or rip a strip of fabric to use in  place of ribbon and finish it with a pretty handmade gift card. 
 



 I loved the idea of creating a little "pouch" to hold a small piece of jewellery. Since I just finished making several Friendship Bracelets (based on Papertrey Ink's Stamp-A-Faire Challenge)  I thought it would be fun to see if I could use a variety of PTI dies to create a felt pouch. The bracelets that I made here  used Raspberry Fizz ink, so I knew I wanted to use it here for an accent colour.


 I started by cutting two pieces of white felt using the Library Card Tag die. One of the felt pieces was cut so that it would become the front pouch. I decorated it with Raspberry Fizz felt snowflakes, cut from the Winter Penguin Die collection. The smaller of the two snowflakes looks more like a little flower, but I decided to 'go with it'!! Each of these pieces was glued to the white felt with a liquid adhesive and then a mini pearl was added.

Here's the 'back' of the pouch, showing the full size of the Library Card Tag. The two pieces were stitched together using a bright pink embroidery floss with a blanket stitch. You can see the white reinforcement around the hole at the top of the tag. I wanted to thread a ribbon through this, but I was concerned that the felt would stretch out. I cut two card stock circles from the Tag Sale #1 die and glued them on the front and back of the felt opening.

Here are the Papertrey Ink dies that I used:

Tag Sale #1;    Winter Penguin Snowflake dies;    Library Card Tag


A small ribbon was added to the front (handed stitched in place) so that it can be pulled through and tied on the top flap of the pouch. 

You can see a small semicircle that was cut out of this portion ... I thought I would need this to make it easier to retrieve the bracelet inside  (originally I was going to mount the bracelet onto a piece of card stock). If I were to make this again, I wouldn't make this cut. 

You could used Velcro to create a closure for this pouch and then decorate the front of the pouch with a button or flowers.

Thanks for visiting today. Enjoy the rest of the Blog Hop.
Karen C.

25 comments:

Luanne said...

Adorable! I love the bracelet too!

Steph Hilt said...

So adorable and the perfect pouch for your matching bracelet! You and I had a similar idea for the hop :)

Leigh said...

What perfect packaging for your lovely bracelets, Karen!

Cecilie said...

How cute are those tiny pink felt snowflakes! Terrific.

andie librandi. said...

so creative! what a fabulous little pouch for your bracelets :)

Marybeth said...

You did a wonderful job with the challenge Karen. Love your pouch and stitching, great idea!

craftmates said...

What a cute little pouch! Love the stitching. Has this homespun feel. - Irma

Suzanne Russell said...

You are so sweet to share your clever idea! I will definitely put this to work for gift giving! Thank you, Karen! It's a beautiful project. : )

Danielle said...

what a great way to package up a bracelet! so cute!

Joyce said...

These are really wonderful. What a great way to package a home made gift.

BethieJ said...

Oh this is so CUTE!! I LOVE your sweet little pouch and that bracelet is DARLING!!!!
Have a GREAT day!

carol (krillsister) said...

Great packaging for those bracelets. I love those cute snowflakes cut from the felt.

Tracey McNeely said...

Beautiful bracelet pouch!

Wendy said...

So pretty and easy to make. Cute bracelet too.

Tonya Jastad said...

Very cute! Love the colors.

Lisa said...

This is darling!!!

bjmartin said...

So clever! What a wonderful pouch for your bead bracelet!

Jacquie Southas said...

this is sweet! Love the pink snowflakes and stitching!

artful-notions said...

Karen, absolutely adorable. The pink is striking next to the white. Perfect little pouch.

Jade said...

So pretty and so smart!

samantha's cards said...

what a great use of dies, i would not have tried that. love it.

Kim said...

Wow, this is just so beautiful and your hand stitching is so perfect. And that bracelet, just as beautiful.

Marlena M. said...

What a gorgeous pouch~I love the snowflakes!

LEG Studios said...

Ingenious pouch & I love those snowflakes (not to mention your pretty bracelet)!!

~amy~ said...

darling pouch!