How about a super easy wool felt zip pouch to keep your quilting essentials in? I have been working up some little project ideas using wool felt, and I thought I would share one because it came out sooo cute!
First, I cut an 11” wide x 12” long rectangle of wool felt (this stuff is stiff enough to hold its shape, but not hard to sew through). My size was determined by my big pair of scissors and my rotary cutter, since I plan to use this pouch to carry these things to and from classes. I rounded the top and bottom edge slightly to give it a softer look.
To make what will be a box bottom, I folded the whole thing in half and cut a 1.25” square out of both bottom corners. Here you see what that looks like once it’s opened again. You could make this cut any size you wish, mine got me a box bottom of about 2.5” across.
Now for the embellishments. I chose three different colors of wool felt and cut a 1.5” diamond from each. You could do just about anything for embellishment… buttons, flowers, monogramming your initials. Here I lined up my diamonds, having measured for center and then marking my placement.
Stitch each diamond down ⅛” from the edge. Even as thick as it is, this is remarkably easy to do.
Now, I marked the midpoint between each diamond and again on the outside of the two end diamonds for my stitched in argyle plaid lines. I shortedned my stitch length and backstitched at each end. You could use a triple straight stitch or go back over your stitch line more then once to make the plaid bold.
Now for the zipper. Because wool felt has a really nice unfinished edge, you can just line the zipper up under the raw edge and stitch it into place. I turn the tab end under at the start, then gently line the zipper up with the edge as I go.
First side done!
With the zipper mostly closed I line up the other side of the zipper with the oposite side of the pouch. I used wonder clips instead of pins because the layers are pretty thick. Continue opening the zipper and clipping into place as you go.
Stitch this side in the same way as the other.
Now turn the whole pouch inside out, and clip the two side seams together. Keep the zipper open and stitch the two side seams, backstitching across the zipper at the top edge and at the bottom notch. Clip the excess zipper off.
Turn the pouch right side out again, and clip the notch for the box bottom into place.
Stitch ¼” from the edge, backstitching at each end. Clip the edges even for a clean finish.
And enjoy your new zip pouch!
What do you think? Ready to try some wool felt projects?! I hope you found something useful or inspiring here :)
Happy Sunday, everyone!