So, I first did the Clever Barrette Covers and those were fun. And then we had the Coffee Cozy Dies and Coffee Cozy Details Dies, which got me thinking. What else could we do with this concept? At that point, I was absolutely hooked on this idea of using dies to cut pieces for felt projects. You see, I am NOT a handy with a sewing machine. At all. I hate the contraptions. Nothing frustrates me quicker than trying to use one. But I love sewing projects. You see my dilemma and my motivation, a bit. Mix them together and it is like lightenin' in a bottle inspiration-wise.
In short, the solution of a stitching die and all the possibilities is really just a self indulgent way of fixing my sewing machine inadequacy complex. Fortunately, PTI is up for the ride:). And I'm hoping that you'll be on board as well. Because I have lots of ideas. Who knows what the future will bring.
This month, I'm bringing you a way to make cute, clever, and highly personalized coin purses and pencil cases with a single die set. You've got the main rounded rectangle and two zipper dies (for inserting a 4 and 6 inch zipper.) to create both sizes. As some of the design team girls will show you, there's a third size (5x7) when you sew two of the large rectangles together instead of just folding one in half.
Did I lose you a bit with the mention of the zipper?:) Looking for the nearest off ramp on this coin purse highway? I'm here to tell you that it is going to be OK. It is so much easier than you think. Not a problem at all. My very first time putting in a zipper was this past weekend and I did it perfectly. It's in that peach butterfly pencil case in the photo above. How's that for a testimonial? Proof's in the puddin'.
Sourcing zippers is an easy task as well. Zippers in a wide array of colors are readily available and affordable on Etsy. We're talking 40 cents a piece, as opposed to $2.50 a piece at my local fabric store. I got 20 online in various colors, including shipping, for $12 and I had them in my hot little hands within 3 days of ordering. I highly recommend this seller here. LOTS of colors.
I made a video for you to see what I mean when I say, "Do not fear the zipper." Click play to see me put together the blue coin purse above, zipper and all, as well as the Coin Purse Dies in action.
I have a lot of projects to share, so let's get going with those.
Our assignment for today's group post was to create a coin purse and paper project using the Coin Purse Dies. Here's mine. I cut the coin purse out of Classic Kraft felt. I also cut sections of the coin purse out of fabric treated with Heat N' Bond. (Here's a how-to video on that topic.) Before stitching put my coin purse, I ironed my fabric onto my felt. Then I was free to just stitch away.
Almost forgot something else fun...the Coin Purse Pocket Dies. Man, these things have lots of applications. A gift card fits perfectly within the main pocket part. Imagine sewing a pocket into a card to house a gift card? Right there is a brilliant second way of using it.
On this sweet pocket, I once again ironed Heat N' Bond onto fabric and then ironed that onto felt to create my pocket. The flap I cut just out of Harvest Gold Felt. The matching hole dies cut the holes for the pocket and the flap into the main part of the coin purse. Line up the holes on the purse and the pocket and it is easy going with perfectly placed stitches.
The pocket is fully functional. I used a sewn in snap to keep it closed. On the flap, I sewed in the flower (Floral Fusion 2 die and Melon Berry button) at the same time as the snap and with a single piece of thread. This way, it looks finished on both sides. The thread was tied off between the snap and the felt, making the knot hidden.
The backside of my coin purse has a coordinating fabric section ironed in with Heat N' Bond. I took that as my inspiration for my card using Sweet Life, Embellished Elegance, Thanks All Ways, and Quick Stitch Sentiment Dies.
Let's focus on the card alone for a second. This was cut with the Coin Purse Dies and folded at the mid-line. The edges have the open holes, which makes for a nice border and design element. The card has the same dimensions as the Coin Purse I created, 3.5"x 5". I'll definitely be using it in this application in the future. Love this look. And isn't it great that you can use Quick Stitch Sentiment Dies to carry the theme even further?
Next up, a pencil case for my 6 year old boy. The Coin Purse Die Collection comes with two size zipper dies. The smaller 4 inch die is used to put a zipper in a coin purse. The larger 6" die is used to put a zipper in the pencil case. (It holds shorter pencils and pens like Paper Mates perfectly.) Whether you make a coin purse or a pencil case is all up to how you fold your 5x7 inch piece of felt that you cut originally. Handy to have two sizes.
I used my Stitching Lines Dies to cut stitch holes for the two lines on my pencil case and sewed them up with a navy thread for a decorative element. I also used the star from the Coffee Cozy Detail Dies Collection to add a Blueberry Sky felt star to the front.
The Coffee Cozy Detail Dies come with coordinating tags to stitch in the seam of a coffee cozy. The holes are a bit closer together on the tag than they are on the Coin Purse Dies, but you can catch 2 out of the 3 and secure it in nicely as you stitch up your Coin Purse. Fun little detail if you so choose.
You might also spot the swirl design on the birdie wings. That's an added detail in the Seasonal Stitches: Birds Collection that you can use to make your project more embellished. Or you can leave it out if you like as well.
On this coin purse, I cut my coin purse out of Pure Poppy felt. I also cut it out of a grey chevron fabric with Heat N' Bond on the back and trimmed off the edges to give the look of red piping. Before I did that however, I sewed a pocket using the Coin Purse Pocket Dies into the inside of the coin purse. (A pocket can go inside or outside.) By ironing on the fabric, I covered my stitch holes in the felt and they don't show on the outside.
I created a key ring by stitching a loop of Hibiscus Burst Grosgrain Ribbon into the side of my purse when I was stitching it up and attached a key ring to the loop. There are many a times that I would just like to have my ID, a credit card/cash, lip gloss, and my car and house key with me, instead of the big old purse. This fits that need nicely. Will just slip in my jacket pocket or the zippered compartment of my camera bag.
And lastly, how about some Coffee Cozy Die inspiration while we revisit the Coin Purse Pocket Dies? The pocket fits on the larger half of the coffee cozy. Now, the coffee cozy has a slight curve to it and the pocket does not, but it really doesn't make a difference to the overall design, especially when you have it on a coffee cup/mug.
I thought that having a pocketed coffee cozy would be handy. You could use it to hold a tea bag and some sweetner packets like I did here. Or, you could drop somebody off a latte at their desk at work with a birthday note tucked inside. Or maybe hand your husband one on his way out the door with a little love note to read on his way to work. See...possibilities.
I used Smokey Shadow felt on my project as my coffee cozy base. the grey polka dot felt was something I got off Etsy. I also used the heart patch detail from the Seasonal Stitches: Eggs coming out this month as well.
OK. That's it with my Nichole worthy blog post today. If we are going by length that is...I can hardly measure up with content! HA! I know everybody else's projects are spectacular. We've been sharing them back and forth for the last few days. We've all been a bit excited. I hope you are in the same boat.
I've got a bit of a full day today with shuttling kids around, running errands, and prepping for my sister's baby shower tomorrow. I want to answer you questions on the message board if I get a chance, but if I don't respond right away, please know I'm not ignoring you. Just super busy today. I'll pop in there when I get a chance and answer whatever questions I can.
Remember, do not fear the zipper.:)
Interested in adding any of these new products to your crafting arsenal? You don't have to wait much longer. They'll be available to purchase at 10 PM EST on March 15th at www.papertreyink.com.
Additional Inspiration Below:
Melon Berry and Aqua Mist Coin Bags
Dies: Coin Purse Dies, Seasonal Stitches: Eggs, Seasonal Stitches: Butterflies
Felt: Melon Berry, Autumn Rose, Lavender Moon, Aqua Mist
Rose Coin Purse
Dies: Coin Purse Dies, Floral Fusion #2, Be Happy, Coin Purse Pocket Dies, Valentine Stitches (for triple hole to sew in leaves on pocket)
Felt: Classic Kraft, Limeade Ice, Harvest Gold
Button: Melon Berry
Rose Thank You Card
Stamps: Sweet Life, Embellished Elegance, Thanks All Ways
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White
Ink: Limemade Ice, Simply Chartreuse, Harvest Gold, Melon Berry, Berry Sorbet, Classic Kraft
Dies: Coin Purse Dies, Quick Stitch Sentiments
Star Pencil Case
Dies: Coin Purse Dies, Coffee Cozy Detail Dies, Stitching Line Dies
Felt: Simply Chartreuse, Blueberry Sky
Bird Coin Purse
Dies: Coin Purse Die, Seasonal Stitches: Birds, Coin Purse Pocket Dies (inside)
Felt: Hibiscus Burst, Pure Poppy
Hibiscus Burst Grosgrain Ribbon
Pure Poppy and Hibiscus Burst Button
Pocket Coffee Cozy
Dies: Coffee Cozy, Coin Purse Pocket Dies, Seasonal Stitches: Eggs
Felt: Smokey Shadow and Hibiscus Burst