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!

I’ve linked this post with: Sew Can She, Sew Can Do, Stocking Stuffer Ideas, Women with Intention, Raising Homemakers

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Giveaways

I’m Giving Away Some Free Patterns!

Update: thank you all for entering the giveaway! The comments are now closed. Congratulations to Margaret and Kayleigh!

I love Sew Mama Sew giveaway days! It’s so much fun to see comments roll in all day. Plus, I love giving away free sewing patterns!

Since the last giveaway I have released a pattern for the Coastal Tote. It’s a big tote with wrapped rope handles that’s great for family outings. It has options for interior and exterior zipper pockets, as well as a full-width interior slip pocket.

Coastal Tote | Fabric by Holli_Zollinger on Spoonflower |Radiant Home Studio

If you have never visited before, take a look at my tutorials and things I’ve made pages to see what I like to do. I also posted a few highlights from my first year of business if you’d like to know what I’ve been up to…

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So now for the fun!

I’m giving away sewing patterns to 2 winners. Each winner will be allowed to choose which pattern they would like from my shop.

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To Enter the Giveaway:

• leave a comment for 1 free entry (please include your e-mail address so that I can contact you if you win)

• each person may submit two entries (one comment answering the question, and another comment telling me that you follow on instagramfacebooktwitter, or bloglovin)

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Also:

• this giveaway is open to international entries (but please keep in mind that you are responsible for following contest laws in your country)

• giveaway starts Dec. 8th at 9am EST and ends Dec. 12th, 8pm EST

• winners will be chosen from comment numbers using a random.org

• PDF pattern will be e-mailed to the winners within 2 days

• chances of winning vary depending on the number of entries, but is estimated at 1/200

Winners have been chosen based on these random numbers.

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Holidays, Tutorials

Embroidered Autumn Leaves Garland

The temperatures are finally dropping here, and we’re enjoying the beginning of fall. Normally, it’s November before I dig out the autumn crafts. This year, I’m a whole month ahead!

Felt Embroidered Autumn Leaves Tutorial and Free Pattern Template | Radiant Home Studio

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My mother-in-law encouraged me to do some seasonal crafts with the kids on Thanksgiving day a few years ago. While the adults are busy catching up with family (or watching football, if that’s your tradition…), the kids have something to occupy them. We started these embroidered autumn leaves 3 years ago. I intended to make them into a garland. Last year, we finally had enough…just in time to put up the Christmas decorations.

My children have been able to make these leaves as early as age 5. Just make sure you teach them to use the needle correctly and stay nearby until you are confident that they can use it safely.

Felt Embroidered Autumn Leaves Tutorial and Free Pattern Template | Radiant Home Studio

I’ve created an autumn leaves template that you can download and use to make your own leaves! There are 5 different leaf shapes, each with 2 sizes. You can use them for this embroidered autumn leaves project, paper crafts, or anything else you can think of! You are welcome to share the link and sell items you make using the pattern, but please direct people back to my site for the download.

Embroidered Autumn Leaves | Free Pattern | Radiant Home Studio

Embroidered Autumn Leaves Garland Tutorial:

Materials:

Wool felt in several autumn colors (usually found on a bolt, not in the kids’ craft section of the store)

Embroidery floss in 3 or more colors

Embroidery needles

1/8″ ribbon (or string)

Printable leaf template

Instructions:

1) First, print the leaf template pages and cut them out. You can print 2 copies of each page, or cut the larger sizes first and then trim down the pattern pieces to the smaller size.

2) Lay out your leaves with contrasting colors of felt and thread. They look best if you mix up the colors and highlight the stitching with high contrast thread colors.

Felt Embroidered Autumn Leaves Tutorial and Free Pattern Template | Radiant Home Studio

3) Starting with the knot at the back, stitch the layers of felt together using a simple running stitch. Stitch around the edge, with a line up the middle. Or be creative and stitch the veins from the center to the points. You can stitch quickly, or take the time to focus on the details.

Felt Embroidered Autumn Leaves Tutorial and Free Pattern Template | Radiant Home Studio

We have a wide variety of stitching styles among our leaves, but the colors tie them all together in the end.

Felt Embroidered Autumn Leaves Tutorial and Free Pattern Template | Radiant Home Studio

You can use loose leaves to decorate the mantle or table.

Felt Embroidered Autumn Leaves Tutorial and Free Pattern Template | Radiant Home Studio

4) When you have collected enough leaves, make the garland. I used a 1/8″ satin ribbon, threaded through the embroidery needle. I made one stitch through each stem allowing them to slide back and forth. You can adjust the spacing after you hang the ends.

Felt Embroidered Autumn Leaves Tutorial and Free Pattern Template | Radiant Home Studio

You can find more fall inspired projects at The Hankful House link -up.

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Win A Sewing Pattern! It’s Giveaway Day!

Thanks for stopping by! I’ve released a new pattern since the last Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day, so this week I’m giving away my new Retro Rucksack pattern to 3 winners! And even if you don’t win a sewing pattern…ALL of you will receive a coupon code for the Retro Rucksack after the giveaway closes!

Retro Rucksack Pattern | Radiant Home Studio

To Enter the Giveaway:

• leave a comment (please include your e-mail address so that I can contact you if you win or with your coupon code)

• each person may submit two entries (one comment answering the question, and another comment telling me that you follow on facebook, twitter, or bloglovin)

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Also:

• this giveaway is open to international entries

• giveaway starts May 12th at 8am EST and ends May 16th, 8pm EST

• winners will be chosen using a random number generator

• PDF pattern will be e-mailed to the winners

• ALL entries will receive an exclusive coupon code for the Retro Rucksack pattern

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Check out the other giveaways at Sew Mama Sew!

I’ve got a couple more patterns in development and I’m always looking for great pattern testers. I’d love to add you to my team! Just sign-up to receive pattern tester e-mail requests and you’ll be the first to hear about upcoming projects and pattern development.

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Update: The giveaway is now closed. I have chosen the winners using random.org. 

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The winners are Julia F., Rose D., and Susan M. I will be sending an e-mail to the winners and a coupon code to everyone else! Thanks for participating!

Inspiration

Be Strong and Courageous Embroidery

A few months ago I stumbled upon Mollie Johanson’s blog, Wild Olive. It is full of fun little crafts and pretty embroidery patterns.

I saved my favorite project—an embroidery pattern for a Bible verse from Joshua. “Be strong and courageous…for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Be Strong and Courageous Embroidery | Pattern by WildOlive | Radiant Home Studio

I set it aside waiting for an opportunity to work on it, thinking that it would take too long. The Joshua pattern is free (thank you Mollie!) and you can also find ideas for transferring the pattern to your fabric.

Be Strong and Courageous Embroidery | Pattern by WildOlive | Radiant Home Studio

I decided to get my fabric and pattern out and start working on it yesterday. It turns out there are plenty of minutes during the day which can be filled with stitching! I finished it the same day.

I am not as practiced at embroidery as I am at machine sewing, so I stuck with simple backstitching. And I prefer a chunkier stitch, so I used all 6 threads instead of separating them.

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I’d like to do another one with the end of the verse— “for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go”— and send it to a friend that needs encouragement!

What gifts do you make for friends that need encouragement?