Sew 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. Cute mini gift pouches!

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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DIY Christmas gift pouches made from napkins

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  1. Iris Shell
    Iris Shell says:

    Bravo👏👏👏👏👏
    What is the size of the nankin? What is the size of the final pouch?
    Will appreciate very much your reply.
    Have a nice weekend!

    Iris Shell

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