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felt, pouch, mirror purse, Christmas gift!
This is a cute little project using up felt and creating pretty little extras for my girlfrinds for Christmas. I have called it a mirror pouch, but as you can see I have also filled one with a lip-gloss! I bought a few small mirrors for 99p each from ebay and a do-nut lip-gloss from Peacocks for £2.00 - ooh splashing out there for my neice !

Posted by Ria S. from Hinckley, England, United Kingdom • Published See Ria S.'s 10 projects »
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  • How to make a button pouch. Felt Handbag/Purse Mirror Pouch - Step 1
    Step 1

    You will need 2 contrasting colours of felt, a small vanity mirror or lip-gloss, ribbon, charm, needle and embroidery thread (floss) in matching colours, button or embelishment, pop-button (snap fastener), fabric glue (I used Copydex) scissors, pencil and a ruler. I show a butterfly embelishment here, but I changed my mind half way through - contrary creature that I am!)

  • How to make a button pouch. Felt Handbag/Purse Mirror Pouch - Step 2
    Step 2

    Begin by measuring and cutting a strip of felt about 2 and a half times the length and about a cm wider than your mirror/lip-gloss.

  • How to make a button pouch. Felt Handbag/Purse Mirror Pouch - Step 3
    Step 3

    Fold and crease the felt so you can see how the shape will be an 'envelope' to fit the item.

  • How to make a button pouch. Felt Handbag/Purse Mirror Pouch - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut 3 pieces of contrasting felt that fit inside the 3 shapes of your folds making sure you make them about 0.5cm narrower and 0.5cm shorter than the shape. (see pic!) Stick these equally onto the strip with fabric glue - don't use too much as it soaks through the felt. This helps to stiffen and strengthen the shape.

  • How to make a button pouch. Felt Handbag/Purse Mirror Pouch - Step 5
    Step 5

    Before sewing up the sides of the envelope, sew on your pop-button to the upper an lower flap using contrasting embroidery thread as this is stronger (I split my thread into 3 strands to make it easier to thread onto a smaller needle) Use neat, chunky stitches to hold the buttong securely and don't worry about stitching showing through the upper flap as these will be covered by an embelishment on the outside!

  • How to make a button pouch. Felt Handbag/Purse Mirror Pouch - Step 6
    Step 6

    Before sewing up your sides, attach your charm to some fine ribbon and pin inside the seam you will sew up. I used some cute handbag charms that I rescued from a broken bracelet (I throw nothing away - you never know what its incarnation in its next craft-life might be!)

  • How to make a button pouch. Felt Handbag/Purse Mirror Pouch - Step 7
    Step 7

    Now sew neatly up each side of the bottom sections of the envelope to create the pouch - you can use matching or contrasting embroidery thread and plain or blanket stitch look well! I always start at the bottom fold and work upwards so that I can over stitch at the top of the opening join, as this makes it stronger when your mirror is taken in and out of the pouch. As you can see, the stiching for the pop-button is visible on the outside flap, so covering this up is the next step...

  • How to make a button pouch. Felt Handbag/Purse Mirror Pouch - Step 8
    Step 8

    Now cut some flower shapes (or hearts, crcles etc!)to embelish your pouch. To cover the stiching from the pop-button on the outside flap, I cut a flower shape from the same colour felt as the inside of my pouch and sewed on a little yellow button as the centre before sticking it neatly over the pop-button stiches. Cut some more flower shapes (full, half or corner shapes work well) to glue on the front and don't forget the back of the pouch too!

  • How to make a button pouch. Felt Handbag/Purse Mirror Pouch - Step 9
    Step 9

    Once your glue is dry, you can add your mirror...

  • How to make a button pouch. Felt Handbag/Purse Mirror Pouch - Step 10
    Step 10

    ...and then you will need to make another because you will want to keep it for yourself!

  • How to make a button pouch. Felt Handbag/Purse Mirror Pouch - Step 11
    Step 11

    This one I gave a scalloped edge and a flower button. I sewed the scalloped edge in the same stiching to give it continuity ...

  • How to make a button pouch. Felt Handbag/Purse Mirror Pouch - Step 12
    Step 12

    3 finished pouches. The red and black one is my favourite so that might be my gift to me!!

  • How to make a button pouch. Felt Handbag/Purse Mirror Pouch - Step 13
    Step 13

    Contents of the open pouches!

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PJ
PJ · Avondale, Arizona, US · 96 projects
These are very cute.Sorry I have not sent you a card or something.I feel so bad.I have been very sick off n on, most of the time I cant do any thing at all.Every now n then I am able to do a little something.I love unseeing felt.I buy a lot of it..smile.
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bOinG-BoInG!!!
bOinG-BoInG!!!
relly cute and easy i will definatly make one
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Zie Madini
Zie Madini · Kuching, Sarawak, MY · 11 projects
Its really cute, dear. nice work. DEFINITELY will try making it Happy TQ
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Ria S.
Ria S. · Hinckley, England, GB · 10 projects
Thank you for your lovely comments!
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Brenda D.
Brenda D. · Netherlands Antilles, NL · 14 projects
Those are very cute, simple to make, and also suitable for people without a sewing machine ( I have one). love it!
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melissa35 m.
melissa35 m.
how fun is it making these puoches
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Carley Mouse
Carley Mouse · San Diego, California, US · 26 projects
LOVE these! Happy
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