Wow! What an honor. How much fun is that for a great website like Scrapbooking.com to ask to feature my blog. Well, I just couldn't let this auspicious occasion go by without creating something special for all the folks who may click on and want a little inspirational tutorial.
So, here it is: a little pouch inspired by the Kokoro no Te book that I blogged about earlier. However, instead of using a fine silk accents with the felt, I used decorative paper, in this case on the front I used a red with white dotted paper on the lower portion. Begin by cutting out two pieces of coordinating felt in a pouch shape, then, cut the almost egg shape out of the dotted paper and set aside.
The 'flower' at the top was made by adhering a colorful decorative paper to a black and white decorative paper, then, cutting out three circles. By folding a circle in half, then,making folds somewhat like a fan on the front and securing with stitches you have a beautiful 'petal'. Group three of these together and you will have the flower on the front. Choose a large bead to sew in the center in order to cover all the stitches taken while forming the petals.
This is the back view and was cut out in the same manner as the front only using a different decorative paper in a slightly larger shape. When all the pieces have been cut out, sew them together using fancy stitches, then, sew the whole pouch together using an overlock stitch or edging stitch of your choice. Once it has been sewn, attach the flower to the front as shown using stitches in the points and a large bead as mentioned above.
For some real fun, add some beading and paper flowers. I added a scrap from the black and white decorative paper to use as a foundation for the flowers that I attached with button brads. I then added some beading on the bottom of the scrap incorporating smaller white beads that echo the front large bead. This was my first time really trying to bead something that wasn't an altered project and needed to look neat. Of course, I read the book AFTER I beaded this and the front of the pouch, so my rows are not exactly what you would call straight. What I would call it though, was great fun! I hope these scant instructions and photos inspire you to try something like this. Hey...I just thought of something...what about making holes through the upper right and left corners, attaching ribbon and then you could tie it to your belt when all you want to carry are your keys and a little folding money. OK...I am going to do that right now. This beats the looks of a fanny pouch any day. Oh and since I am thinking of wearing it out, I better put a coat of gel or matte medium on the paper to waterproof it. Knowing me, there will be one cloud out there and I will end up under it...lol
Thanks to Scrapbooking.com one more time. If you have any questions on the pouch or just want to chat about art process, you can always email me at the link above. I look forward to it!