Sewing, Tutorials

How to Make a Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch

It’s time to start thinking about holiday gifts. It always feels too early to start before Thanksgiving, but when you plan to make several handmade gifts, it’s best not to wait until the last minute. I know some of you stay up half the night trying to finish Christmas pajamas at the last minute, right?!

This is a quick and easy project—waxed canvas gift pouches. They are just the right size to wrap gift cards or jewelry. I recommend making 2 or 3 at a time. If you already have everything out, you’ll save a lot of time making them in batches. You can make them in even bigger batches for holiday craft fairs.

How to Make A Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

How to Make A Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

I used waxed canvas on the flap as an accent fabric, but you could also use faux leather, denim, or another layer of quilting cotton in a contrasting color. The fabric requirements are flexible on this project, so use what you have in your scrap bin.

How to Make a Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch

How to Make A Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch | Radiant Home Studio
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Materials:

2-3 fat quarters of quilting cotton (this will be enough for 6-10 pouches)
1/4 yd. canvas (or faux leather, denim, etc.)
Medium-weight interfacing or fusible fleece (I used Pellon 987F. You could also use 808/809, 931, SF101…this a good way to use up scraps.)
Size 16 metal snaps – 1 set per pouch (I used Snap Source snaps. You could also use KAM Snaps or small pieces of hook-and-loop tape.)
Otter Wax
Coordinating thread

Printable pattern (make sure you set it to print at 100%)

Sewing Instructions:

1. Print and cut out the pattern pieces. For each pouch, cut 2 pouch pieces, 1 flap piece, and 1 interfacing piece.

How to Make A Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

2. Fold the straight edge of the flap 1/4″ toward the back, with wrong sides together. Press. Align the flap piece on the exterior pouch piece so that the rounded edges match, both with right sides up. With the 1/4″ section folded under, topstitch along the straight edge of the flap piece through both layers.

How to Make A Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

3. Align the fusible interfacing with the stitched line on the wrong side of the exterior pouch piece. Fuse the interfacing using the manufacturers’ instructions.

4. Align the exterior and interior pouch pieces, right sides together. Stitch around the entire pouch using a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving a 2″ opening on one side. Trim the seam allowances and corners to 1/8″.

How to Make A Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

How to Make A Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

5. Turn the pouch right side out, push out the corners, and press. Make sure to tuck the raw edges in at the opening.

How to Make A Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

6. Take the straight edge of the pouch and fold it up toward the flap, about 1/4″ below the straight edge of the flap piece. Press. (If you plan to use hook-and-loop tape, add it now.)

How to Make A Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

7. Place the folded pouch, with the flap facing up on the sewing machine. Begin sewing, with a 1/8″ seam allowance, at one folded edge and continue around until you get the folded edge again. Backstitch at each end.

How to Make A Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

How to Make A Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

8. If you would like to apply wax to your canvas flap, do that now. The short version of the instructions—rub on some Otter Wax and then rub it in with your fingers. You can use it on denim too, but avoid using it on light colors because it will turn the fabric yellow. If you need more specific instructions, see my directions for making your own waxed canvas.

How to Make A Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

9. Add a snap. I like the Snap Source snap setter for metal snaps. You can use the instructions on the package, or look at Anna’s helpful tutorial if you need a visual aid. I’ve also used plastic KAM Snaps with great success.  You could even add a button hole and button. Totally up to you.

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How to Make A Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

That’s it. Make a lot, load them with gifts,  and give them to your friends…

How to Make A Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

Happy sewing!

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Pattern Review, Sewing

Felt Tutti Fruity Penny Pincher

Last week, my daughter and I worked on making these cute felt change purses using the Tutti Fruity Penny Pincher Pattern from Betz White . I made the strawberry and then we worked on the lime together. (And full disclosure, I received the pattern as a gift…)

Tutti Fruity Penny Pincher | Pattern by Betx Wjite | Radiant Home Studio|

Tutti Fruity Penny Pincher | Pattern by Betx Wjite | Radiant Home Studio|

The strawberry went together quickly and easily, but we did have a little more trouble with the lime. I think this is mostly due to the fact that our felt was a little thicker and we used up more of the seam allowance. We trimmed down the half circle section of the lime, and then had to trim the smaller pieces too. Not a big deal, but something to consider if you are working with thicker felt.

Tutti Fruity Penny Pincher | Pattern by Betx Wjite | Radiant Home Studio|

I originally thought this would be a fun project for my daughter to do on her own (she’s 9), but it turned out better to work on it together. Sometimes getting precise cuts on felt can be difficult for kids, so I did the cutting. I also did the gluing, so there wouldn’t be any stray glue marks on the front of the felt. She did some of the sewing and most of the embroidery. I did the sewing around the top and inserted the flex frame. It was a fun collaborative project and she has been hoping to make some more for her friends.

Tutti Fruity Penny Pincher | Pattern by Betx Wjite | Radiant Home Studio|

This was my first time working with a flex frame. It’s not something you can find easily in craft stores (but Betz has some in her shop and I found some at Fabric.com), so you probably need to order them for this pattern. It was very easy to install and the kids have had fun trying to figure out how it works.

Tutti Fruity Penny Pincher | Pattern by Betx Wjite | Radiant Home Studio|

We ordered our a bundle of autumn colored felt from Amazon (affiliate link). Cheap craft felt would work for these too, but I loved the heathered texture of this higher quality felt. And I have a lot of pretty autumn colors left over for other projects (maybe more of these leaves?).

The pattern also comes with a pineapple design, which we haven’t tried, but there are a lot of cute options with this pattern. You can definitely be creative with the stitching and even change the colors on the lime to make an orange or lemon purse—which my daughter already has planned for her next one. It’s always a good sign when she’s ready to make more!

And if you like making felt projects with your kids, you might want to check out my post about the felt dolls we made!

Patterns

Free Leaf Embroidery Pattern

Today I have a free Leaf Embroidery Pattern for you!

Free Leaf Embroidery Pattern | Radiant Home Studio

I designed this leafy branch embroidery pattern for another project that I’ll be sharing later this week over at the Oliver + S blog. It’s a simple design that would look nice as hoop art, as an embellishment on a bag, or as a hand-stitched detail on a skirt or blouse.

Free Leaf Embroidery Pattern | Radiant Home Studio

The pattern includes the design mirror images. You can transfer by tracing if your fabric is somewhat sheer. If your fabric is opaque or needs stabilizing, try using something like Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy (affiliate link). You’ll need an 8″ hoop if you use the design at full size, or you can scale it down when printing for a smaller size.

To stitch the design as I have, fill in the leaf shapes with horizontal running stitches. You can make several stitches at once by weaving your needle in and out of the fabric before pulling it all the way through. I used 3 strands of embroidery floss on white linen for this sample.

Free Leaf Embroidery Pattern | Radiant Home Studio

For a different look, you can experiment with other stitches or stitch around the outlines.  My philosophy on embroidery is that the imperfections are what make the design unique. Don’t worry too much about getting all of the stitches straight or perfectly spaced. Just enjoy the process and add some love to your handmade projects!

Free Leaf Embroidery Pattern | Radiant Home Studio

Download the pattern here!

For more help with Sashiko style running stitches, look at this round-up of Sashiko tutorials.

If you like this embroidery project, you might want to browse through more of my embroidery projects & tutorials!

(I’ve also linked this post to the Homemaking Link-up, DIY Crush, Sew Can She & Craftastic Monday.)

Patterns, Sewing

Chalk & Paint Notebook Covers

A couple of weeks ago, Caroline sent me some of her new Chalk & Paint fabrics to sew with. I knew exactly what I wanted to make with them!

Chalk and Paint Notebook Cover | Radiant Home Studio

My girls are drawn to Caroline’s fun fabric designs. The Happy Home fabrics I chose for the zipper pouches we made with my daughter’s friends were a big hit, so I knew they would love these too. And I’ve been working on this new pattern, a notebook cover, for a couple of months. One of my test versions was claimed by my paper and pencil loving boy, so the girls have been patiently waiting for their own.

I think the Chalk & Paint fabrics are the perfect match for this creative project. They have really sweet, Spring-y colors and a fun handmade look. My personal favorite is the large scale floral print. The handwritten words are also fun for a project like this, plus the messages echo and encourage the creative thinking I like to use to inspire my children.

Chalk and Paint Notebook Cover | Radiant Home Studio

Chalk and Paint Notebook Cover | Radiant Home Studio

The notebook cover pattern will be available in 2 sizes. The larger size fits a composition notebook and the smaller size fits a moleskin notebook or sketchbook. I added lots of pockets on the inside for all of their little things, and added a strap with a stylish snap closure. I’ll be sending it out for testing next week, so hopefully it will be finished and my shop soon!

Chalk and Paint Notebook Cover | Radiant Home Studio

Chalk and Paint Notebook Cover | Radiant Home Studio

Chalk and Paint Notebook Cover | Radiant Home Studio

Chalk and Paint Notebook Cover | Radiant Home Studio

You can find more information about the fabric at Art Gallery Fabrics, you should also check out Caroline’s blog tour featuring these fabric designs for more inspiration!

I’m also linked up at Sew Can She!

Chalk and Paint Notebook Cover | Radiant Home Studio
Inspiration, Sewing

18 Beautiful Scalloped Craft Projects

After looking through some of my recent projects, I discovered that I’m drawn to pretty scalloped details. I’ve used a scalloped design on several projects recently. I love how scallops add a soft and feminine touch to craft projects and sewing patterns. The shape is easy to create on your own and can be used in a variety of projects, from paper crafts, to crochet and sewing.

Here are 18 beautiful scalloped craft projects I’ve gathered to share with you, including a few from my own project archives. Some of the projects are free tutorials and others are paid patterns. I’ve tried to include a variety of crafts and projects for different skill levels. I hope these inspire you to create something beautiful!

18 Beautiful Scalloped Craft Projects | Radiant Home Studio
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1. Have you seen the Memory Lane Tote? The colors and scalloped effect of the fabric on the bag make it look like it came from a high-end boutique. And it looks like the perfect way to use up quilting scraps! If you like the style, you can also find a coordinating pillow pattern in Karen’s craftsy shop.

2. My Mini Highland House, with the scalloped roof detail, is available for free! It’s a small stuffed house that makes a cute decoration or a fun kids toy.

3. I love this handmade Clamshell Zipper Pouch. Look at the hand-stitched detail and lovely fabric mixing! There’s no pattern on the blog, but you can find several other clamshell projects there and the instructions for this pouch in Issue 57 of Mollie Makes. And if you are an experienced quilter, you might be able to design your own pouch inspired by this one.

4. Here’s a tutorial for a Reversible Ladies Skirt with a scalloped edge. Megan also has some styling tips for wearing this skirt during the day vs. going out at night. Her blog has a great step-by-step photo tutorial!

18 Beautiful Scalloped Craft Projects | Radiant Home Studio

5. This Crocheted Infinity Scarf with scalloped edges looks so cozy! I barely crochet, but I might teach myself just so I can try this pattern…

6. Here’s a cute party idea…make a Scalloped Bunting! I love the idea of reusable party decorations. This is a great tutorial for a quick and easy project.

7. Here’s a full tutorial for a Reversible Girls Skirt with a scalloped edge. Great photos with easy to follow instructions!

8. Here’s a Crochet Coaster Tutorial that looks like it would make fun gifts! These gorgeous blue ones were made by Shannon of Very Shannon, who has lots of beautiful projects on her blog as well! It also looks like it would be a good starter project for kids that have learned the basics of crocheting.

18 Beautiful Scalloped Craft Projects | Radiant Home Studio

9. Carving your own stamps is pretty easy! You can make Stamped Tote Bag with a scalloped design by carving a simple half circle stamp using my tutorial.

10. These simple Stamped Treat Bags are easy and versatile. You could make them in holiday colors for stocking stuffers or team colors for school party favors. There are lots of possibilites with this project!

11. This Scalloped Leather Envelope Clutch was designed to hold a couple of diapers and wipes, but it’s so elegant that you could totally get away with carrying it as a clutch.

18 Beautiful Scalloped Craft Projects | Radiant Home Studio

12. Throwing a dinner party? How about a Scalloped Paper Tablecloth to add some style to the table! You could make it with kraft paper for a more rustic look.

13. This Scalloped Layered Tulle Skirt was too gorgeous to leave out. It looks as though the original photo is no longer online, so there are no directions. But I think it would be fairly easy to add layers of scalloped tulle over a simple skirt pattern. Or use the idea as inspiration for a fun tutu or curtain embellishment!

14. Here’s a  Modern Felt Pillow tutorial that is an excerpt from Felt Sew Good by Christine Leech. I reviewed this beautiful book last year after I bought it for my daughter (secretly hoping she would share!). If you love modern felt crafts, I can’t recommend the book enough.

18 Beautiful Scalloped Craft Projects | Radiant Home Studio

15. I love this Scalloped Felt iPad Case. Wool felt is easy to work with and you don’t have to finish the edges. You could make several of these as gifts in an afternoon.

16. My Highland Avenue House pattern has a lovely scalloped roof design. It’s fun enough for the kids room, yet sophisticated enough to use in a cozy corner of the living room!

17. If you love making bags, try the Sweet Scallop Tote. Taylor links to the free pattern in her post, but I linked to her bag as inspiration because she has some great tips and extra details in her post. Plus, the linen fabric she chose is beautiful and classic.

18. How about some scalloped sashiko embroidery? The scalloped detail on this Hide and Seek Dress really makes the dress stand out! If you want more sashiko inspiration, check out this post with 20 more ideas!

P.S. If you use the “pin it” button in your browser, you’ll find a hidden image with all of the lovely scallop inspiration together!

18 Beautiful Scalloped Craft Projects | Radiant Home Studio