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Easy Felt Art Pouches

I was puttering around this weekend, thinking about what crafts we might like to make, when Elena presented me with one of these little art pouches that she made out of felt from her DIY Kids book. They are simple to make and can be filled with all kinds of fun things.

Supplies

  • Felt (regular sheets of it from the craft store)
  • Ribbon (about 18″ – 20″ long)
  • Glue gun + glue
  • Buttons, trim, other decorations

To make a pouch with two pockets, fold the bottom flap up to get a sense of how tall you want your pockets to be (for this one, I folded the flap up about halfway):

Unfold the flap, and with your glue gun, draw three lines of glue – one on each outside edge and one in the middle (see pic below) – and then fold back up. Press down on the glue lines to make them stick:

Turn the piece of felt over so that your newly-made pockets are facing down. Hot glue a piece of cloth ribbon across the middle of the pockets you just made (that is, do not glue the piece of ribbon across the middle of the full length of felt because it will be too high when you fold up the kit):

Once the ribbon is glued down, flip the piece of felt back over so that pockets are showing.

Now comes the fun part: fill your pockets with whatever art supplies or trinkets you like. We used colored pencils, a mini notepad and stickers:

To finish, fold the top flap down over the pockets, and fold the whole kit in half:

Tie your ribbon and you’re done!

These little pouches take about 5 minutes each to make, unless you want to get fancy and decorate the outside of them a little more, like this ice cream cone pouch:

(Be sure to glue the ribbon on first, then glue your decorative felt, buttons, and other trim on top of the ribbon.)

The mini Moleskine notepads, which come two to a pack, and short colored pencils, or Toysmith’s mini crayon or mini marker sets, are the perfect size for these handy little pouches.

This green pencil pouch has one big pocket (in Step One, only glue the edges of the felt, and do not add the third, middle line of glue) so it can hold a lot more – bigger notepads, magnifying glasses, 3D glasses, a spy handbook, band aids, Monopoly money – whatever you can think of:

You can make some of these to stick in the car for roadtrips. They would also make great party favors – fill them with any treats or treasures to match your party theme. So many possibilities!

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[Family Friday] Owl-licious Crafts

I couldn’t possibly do an Etsy round-up of owls, because there are just too many things to choose from. (Well, I guess I could be sweet-talked into it…) But I got a Paper Source catalog in the mail this week, and aside from exclaiming “Hot Damn! I almost forgot I live near one of these now!” these owl place card kits jumped out at me as extra super cute.
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You can see how easy they would be to recreate (as place cards or as decorations), without the kit;  just get some cardstock and some scalloped scissors and glue. I like the idea of using patterned paper for the wings and maybe using brads to make them movable.

I also stumbled across this picture of “Your Best Handmade Creations” on Martha Stewart:

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It had no pattern/instructions, but I HAD to make one for myself. This is seriously one of the cutest crafts I’ve ever seen.

Srsly.

(Did I sound like a giddy teenage girl just then? Good.)

I used a 4″ styrofoam ball, about 4 pieces of felt (couldn’t find any of the awesome hot pink felt like in the picture above, but the next one I make is going to be the yellow/pink combo), two 20mm googly eyes, and a glue gun. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out:

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The key is to start at the bottom, gluing the feathers around the bottom first, all the way to the top. As you can see, I cut out a little pink circle for the bottom. Why? I dunno. I was just making it up as I went along, and it seemed like a good idea for helping the owl stand upright.

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Once you glue the feathers (almost to the top), glue on the nose, then the ears (triangle shaped – folded in half), then the eyes, then the top piece.

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Yes, I’m pretty pleased with this. I want to make more of them with the girls, but I have to pace myself – it requires a lot of cutting. And, I used a glue gun, but it’s possible that regular Elmer’s glue would work. In all, it took about an hour and a half to make.

UPDATE: Happy to let you know that the original owls were created by Lery Lin. See her blog and shop for more!

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