Today's project is cute, practical and easy to make - you can even opt for the no-sew version if you like! These little cases are the perfect size for storing your cards (or even your lipstick!) and would also make lovely handmade gifts.
The idea for this tutorial came about when I recently read Kata Golda's Hand-Stitched Felt (mini review to follow over on Blogger's Bookshelf soon). Whilst not all of the projects made it onto my to-do list one of them did stick in mind as a great DIY to share. Although the case I'm sharing with you today doesn't really resemble the style of the ones found in the book, I was definitely inspired by Kata's project. Here's my version...
You will need: a sheet of felt, ribbon, a fastening (I've used a popper here but Velcro would be preferable), scissors, a needle and thread (or glue gun if you want to make a no-sew version), cards/business cards
1. Cut a piece of felt approx. 11 x 20cm - if you have a card to hand (or whatever else you wish to store) you can check the sizing is right before you cut!
2. Fold up the bottom of your felt strip so that the section where the cards will go measures approx. 7.5cm tall and the top fold-over section measures approx. 6cm
3. Stitch or glue on your fastening as shown in the photograph above, making sure that the two parts will line up when you close the case later on
4. To decorate the outside of the pouch, as well as cover up any visible stitching from where you have attached the fastening, sew or glue on a strip of pretty ribbon
5. To close up the felt strip and turn it into a pouch you can run a line of glue along the edges (ash shown in my envelope tutorial) or use a blanket stitch which is simple to do and also looks decorative if done using a contrasting colour
6. Fill with cards, fasten and pop in your bag!
As always I'd love to hear from you if you try out this or any other project from my DIY Archives - use the hash tag #eelisediys to share your photos with me!