Mini Gift Pouches from Napkins

AllPouches.jpgOh the quandary of what to get my boy’s teachers, the sitter, and all those other important people in our lives. Usually I take the easy way out and buy gift cards. Well – okay – I’m still going to give the gift cards, but this year I wanted to present them in something a little nicer. Something handmade with love.

These little handmade pouches are perfect for holding a gift card and some holiday treats. And then after the holiday season has ended, the recipient can use the pouch to protect and store valuables!

My pouches started like this:

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Discounted cloth napkins! 90 cents for each napkin. And here is how they became cute little mini gift pouches:

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Open the napkin up and cut it into quarters.

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Fold the napkin in half.

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Allow 1/4 inch seam allowance on the open edge of your pouch, then layout your design and sketch with a disappearing marker where your stitch lines will appear.

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Sew along the lines you drew. (My machine has a few decorative stitches, but I could have done them by hand instead.)

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Then hand sew the buttons on where you want them.

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Once your design has been completely stitched You will need to hem the raw edge on your napkin.

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Next, fold over the top of your pouch approximately 1/2″ to accommodate your ribbon drawstring.

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Stitch the ribbon drawstring pocket closed. If your sewing machine has decorative stitches you may choose to use one of them, but be sure to sew on the right side.

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Fold your napkin back in half with the right sides together, and stitch along the bottom and open sides of your pouch. (I stitched this pouch a little higher on the bottom edge to make the flower stems end in the seam.) Be careful to stop stitching up the side before the drawstring opening.

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Snip off the corners of your pouch.

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Turn your pouch right side out.

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Cut a length of ribbon long enough to thread through the top of your pouch and to tie a bow. Then attach a safety pin to one end of the ribbon. (I added some scotch tape so the pin wouldn’t fray the ribbon.)

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Gently feed the ribbon through the bag using the safety pin to push its way through.

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Add some goodies to your pouches and tie the ribbon to close it up.

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For the Rudolf and tree bag, I simply cut out the shapes using felt and stitched around the edges.

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One more trick for you. The snowman’s eyes were added after I stitched the button on using white thread. Then I re-threaded my needle and sewed in and out a few times on each hole to give him little black eyes.

I will be the first to admit that I need to center my designs a little better, but for now I’m happy with them. And, hey, isn’t it the imperfections that make them look handmade?

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Update: I made a few more pouches last night, and altered my snowmen to a four hole button which gave me the option to add a mouth. I’m also perfecting my technique and getting better (not perfect) at centering the designs.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal says:

    I really love this idea. How many times have I seen napkins on clearance too! Do you think if you cut the napkin in just half it would fit a bottle of wine? You have me wanting to make these!

  2. Sawdust and Paperscraps says:

    Cute! Wish I had the time and could find a sewing machine in this mess of a house. {sigh}

  3. Stephanie says:

    Those are too cute! So unique and beautiful.

  4. thecurtiscasa says:

    This is so great! Precious idea for those small gifts.

  5. These are so neat! Thanks for visiting my blog today! I'm a new follower also!

  6. PioneerValleyGirl says:

    Very smart – a really nice handmade touch, but a nice simple project too

  7. Erin @ Two Story Cottage says:

    Let me say as a former teacher that gift cards ARE AWESOME. Of course the lovely pouch is a bonus and any teacher I know would have loved both. Cute handmade pouch + gift card = perfect

  8. Real Mountain Values (B) says:

    These are amazingly cute. I hope the recipients appreciate the work that went into them.

    Plus they can use them for other things after opening.

    Lovely.

  9. The Mulberry Girl says:

    Who doesn't love a good gift card? Love the pouches, how fun!

  10. I love it! Very beautiful!

  11. Carmen at Primcatshouse says:

    What a cute and simple idea!

    Carmen and the Primcats

  12. Sherri @ Design2Shine says:

    What a neat idea for gift cards and goodies. Uh, but I so can't sew. LOL I keep saying I am going to learn!

  13. Woooow…prelijepe su sve poklon vrećice! Super ideja i odličan tutorijal!!!

  14. Beautiful! Did you use a machine or did you hand sew the tree and reindeer? I have something similar i want to sew but have put it off for years because I don't believe I can do the trim with the machine that straight! :0)

  15. AmericKim says:

    Very creative. Great tutorial!

  16. These are cute and practical to give a treat!

    I have posted my first giveaway on my blog and would like if you and anyone who reads this post would come enter. It is a gift card from CSN stores.

  17. cathy in Brussels says:

    What a great idea! I am wayyyyyy too far behind to get these made by Christmas, but the flower one would be adorable for Valentine's Day. A fun project to kick off the new year! Happy Holidays and thanks for sharing such great details.

  18. Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. says:

    These are adorable!!!!!!!!!!! I especially love that little button snowman. :)

  19. This are perfectly cute, Miss Handy. What a great gift with a gift.

  20. So cute! I love it!

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  21. Oh, so cute! I love your fun designs. I would have the patience to do one and then stop! Ha! Great job, thanks for sharing!

  22. Mike and Katrina @HA says:

    As a teacher who has gotten her fair share of handmade gifts that are lovingly given, yet not so useful or pretty, I have to say….I LOVE THESE!! I'll teach your kiddos!

    Katrina

  23. Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy says:

    I love the stems and button flowers! The gift pouches are a great idea! Thanks for linking up Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

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