What do you need?
- fabric 25cm x 50cm (or two pieces, each 25cm x 25cm)
- pellon 25cm x 25cm (pellon is lightweight fusible wadding)
- felt 20cm x 20cm (buy at Spotlight, Lincraft or a craft store like Riot)
- a small button
|all the necessary 'ingredients'|
You need to cut of two pieces of the main petal pattern from the fabric.
|pinned and ready to cut|
|Left piece has the fused pellon attached, right piece will be the inside fabric|
|After the cut has been made|
Putting the right sides together, sew around the two large fabric pieces using a 1/4" seam, backstitching at the start and end of the sewing. (Hint : the pellon is on the outside while you are sewing.)
Once you have sewn around the outside edge, you will need to trim and cut the seam allowances back. Use small sharp scissors to take notches up to the stitch line but take care not to cut through the stitch line. Once you have done that around the entire edge, pull the pocket through the small cut you had made on the fabric without pellon, taking care not to rip the cut further. Roll the edges between your fingers to help it sit flat and then press with an iron.
Now match the centre mark on the felt with the centre mark on the fabric. Pin the felt in place, matching the curves.
|Showing how the felt is pinned down |
(orange lines indicate where to sew)
Now, on the tab, sew a button hole, measuring the button you are going to us to give you the length required. (I love an automatic button hole!)
Once the botton hole is done, sew the button on the outside, on the edge opposite to the button hole. And viola, you're done! Put a few pins in it and it's perfect as a small gift.
Variation - if you don't want to do a buttonhole, it would be easy enough to use a small loop of hat elastic. Put this in as you are sewing the two fabric pieces together (would be on the inside while you are sewing). If you do this, I would probably cut the tab off and re-shape that side to be the same as the others, in terms of continuing the curve.
I reckon all of this can be done in about 30 minutes. Too easy! :)