Cupcake on the Go: DIY Felt Pouch

Cupcake Felt Pouch by MillieonherWorld

So if you haven’t noticed, Millie is obsessed with all things colorful and sweet, and as of late has been inspired by her favorite dessert, cupcakes. That does not however mean that my joy in making cupcake themed things is an obsession, right….right?

Much to my boyfriend’s dismay, I have cranked out another cupcake inspired craft, this time a felt cupcake pouch to go with my cupcake dress! Actually, I didn’t intend to make it for the dress, I just wanted to make something with felt and conveiniently had the right colors for a cupcake and why would I use the nice expensive printed felt on a pouch I totally made up and didn’t know how it would turn out—I’m trying really hard to defend myself

Moving on, I decided to make an easy tutorial for anyone else who wants a little pouch, (and no, you don’t have to make yours a cupcake). I like this pouch for times when I don’t want to lug around my huge purse, just need my wallet, car keys, and I can be out the door.

This only took me about an hour, but I’m sure its because I had no idea where I was going. Should be less than that 🙂

To start off, the supplies:
3 Different felt colors
1 Button
Thread
Zipper or Velcro
Ribbon
Scissors
Hot Glue Gun
Be sure to print the template that can be found here: Pouch_Template

Let’s start!

  1. Using the template, cute out 3 Squares of the outside color, 2 squares of the inside color, and 2 pocket colors. If you want rounded edges to your pouch, stack and trim the corners.

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  2. Felt stitch 1 of the outside frosting pockets to an outside color square

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  3. Take one of the outside color squares and cute about 1/4th inch off the top to create a pocket. Sew it onto the third outside color to finish

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  4. Sew across the top of the frosting pocket. Next sew on the button the the outside of the pocket. Cut a button hole on the frosting flap, then stitch around to make the edges smoother.

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  5. Grabbing one of the inside felt squares, sew on the ribbon for a colorful strap

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  6. Looking at my awesome Photoshopped picture, use your hot glue gun glue the outside and inside colors together. Be sure not to glue too close to the edges since we will be sewing them later on

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  7. Do a trim around the inside color if it shows from behind the outside color

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  8. Glue on the zipper or Velcro

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  9. Blanket stitch through all felt layers, but make sure NOT to sew down the sides of the pocket flap!

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Pretty simple right?

Felt Pouch on the Go by millieonherworld

While my wallet is pretty small, this is also a great size for a coin pouch so change isn’t loudly clacking in my bigger purse. Eventually I want to make one that is a little bigger and has a nice design on it. Now that I know how to make a simple pouch, I guess I can try making a MATURE designed one, get Chris off my case ;P

As of now, I only have  1 more cupcake inspired thing that will be featured 🙂 again made of felt. Felt is so much fun. I hope to finish this project soon. Hope everyone has fun weekends!

Now turned felting addict,
Millie ❤

Tea Time: DIY Paper Mache Cups

Cupcake, anyone?

Project: Paper Mache Tea Cups
Supplies: News paper (or other thin paper), thin cardboard (like a shoe box), glue, flour, water, paint brush, acrylic paint, and a fan is recommended.
Results: Personalized unusable but cute cardboard cups

Remember in art class they first introduced us to paper mache? I was in 7th grade and our teacher taught us how newspaper, flour and water wrapped around a balloon could be transformed into a Day of the Dead mask.  That was probably the last time I ever did paper mache. What tempted me to go back to this messy project?

 

Paper mache cups, how cute are these! I couldn’t resist, once again Pinterest challenged me to dare create something new. This time though, I googled for PROPER DIRECTIONS, and found a tutorial at Funkytime’s website.

 

 

Success and Failures:  On Funkytime’s website, she starts with the option of using her template for the basic cup pattern. I ignored this step due to wanting to try it myself, and the small fact that I have no ink in my printer. That’s explains why the yellow cup is slightly larger than the blue.

 

No matter how hard I tried, my circles were uneven. In Step 2 when I have to tape them together, it became tricky and took me a few tries. This is probably the most frustrating part of the whole project!

I Googled a mod podge recipe, but forgot to take into account that I didn’t need much for only two cups, I have almost a full jar just sitting on my desk at the moment. In her tutorial she used tissue paper over the mod podge, this is a good option if you want thinner, more delicate looking cups.

I made very long and fat strips for the paper mache which is a no-no. The strips would go too far and become wrinkled, making the cups very bumpy. Thin strips that stretch from the outside base to the inside bottom work best, and eventually make the cup look smoother.

The cups weren’t too hard to make, my only mistakes were making too much mod podge, not enough paper mache paste, and finding the perfect size for newspaper strips. Painting would have been enjoyable if I owned proper paint brushes. I managed only an OLD OLD OLD like before I was born small cooking brush. Yet the job got done.

In the End:

1. Research projects before you jump into them like I do!
2. Depending on cup size, try to make the right amount of mod podge/paste
3. Try the template for your first cups
4. Do this project near a sink!

I’m amazed how people think of cute projects like these, and I thank them for sharing so many fun projects. 🙂 Let me see your cups if you make one, we can have ourselves a tea party, heehee!