Friday, March 3, 2017

Petal Pouch Tutorial

Happy Friday everyone! This week sure flew by. But boy, don't they all! I promised a tutorial for these sweet little pouches that I posted a couple of weeks ago so here it is! Prior pouch post found here. This is so easy and a wonderful project for a beginner or for kids to try with adult supervision.

First, choose two coordinating or contrasting fabrics.....whichever you prefer. Two fat quarters works nicely or grab some fabric from your stash.

From your fabric you will need two squares cut the same size. I use 12", 15" or 18" squares depending on the size I need. Since I wanted to make the largest size, I cut two 18" squares from each of my fabric choices. You will also need coordinating ribbon (I used 3/8" wide grosgrain) and thread.

After determining the size and cutting out the squares, place the two squares right sides together.

Pin pieces together and stitch around the entire square using 1/4" seam allowance.....

Be sure to leave an opening to turn right side out....I left about two inches.

Trim edges and corners and turn right side out.

Iron and then top stitch. This step can be left out but I prefer the finished look of top stitching. If you do choose to skip the top stitching, you will need to hand sew the 2" opening closed.

This step requires a little measuring for the first few bags that you make, but after that you will be able to "eyeball" it. First determine which fabric you want to be the main fabric for your pouch. The other fabric will be the petals. The main fabric should be facing you. In this case, the small lavender print will be the body of my bag.

Next, measure the side of your square and divide by 3.  I believe I turned my corners up 5 3/4" from each side. (which leaves 5 3/4" between each corner.) Pin the corners in place.

Each corner will be stitched as shown, creating a casing for the ribbon drawstring. Since I used 3/8" wide ribbon, I stitched my casings at 4/8". Two pieces of ribbon will be passing through this casing.

Make the same casing using the same measurement, along the remaining three sides.

Cut 2 pieces of ribbon about 32" in length if you are using the large 18" square. (Cut 31" ribbons for 15" square, 30" ribbons for 12" square.) Take first ribbon, attach to large safety pin and fish it through the casings on all corners.

Make sure to keep ribbon facing one way--you do not want it to be twisted inside the casing.

When you fish ribbon through the next corners, again, check to make sure ribbon is not twisting.

Once you have the first ribbon through all four corners, remove pin and give a tug on both ends to give you some slack and either tie a knot or secure them so you don't lose the ribbon ends while fishing the second ribbon through.

Now take your second ribbon and safety pin and begin fishing it through the corner directly opposite where you began fishing through the first ribbon. 

Once you have the second ribbon successfully fished through the casing, pull on the second ribbon and adjust so ribbons are even. NOTE: ribbons should be opposite each other as shown in photo above. Tie knots to secure. Beads may also be added before tying the knots of you prefer.

Now turn the entire pouch right side out so that your petals are revealed.

Now, isn't that the cutest thing?

Pull the ribbons evenly from both sides to close the pouch. At this point I always iron the ribbons as they sometimes get wrinkled from all the tugging. I also add some tissue to help them keep shape. They look much nicer in a gift box this way.

This trio is the large bag (made with 18" squares) pictured in the tutorial and two of the smallest bags
(made with 12" squares.) You can use opposite prints when making a set.

Wasn't that easy? Takes less than a half hour to make the first one. After that, the next one might just take even less time. Whip them up to use as a gift, a party favor, gift bag, etc. Such a fun and easy project! Any questions, please feel free to ask!

Happy weekend everyone!

UPDATE! 3/6/2017
One of my blogging friends, VEE, (who blogs at A Haven for Vee) has already had sweet success stitching up a petal pouch of her own to store her cosmetics. You can meet Vee HERE and read all about it! Additionally, on her post is a delicious looking cookie recipe and some bowl cozies that she stitched up. They've been on my TO DO list for a while!

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