Sunday, December 16, 2012

Quick & Easy Appliqued Pencil Case

I've mentioned it before, and I'll mention it again -- I {heart} felt. It's soft, it's durable, and it never frays. In a world of fabric and fiber, it reigns supreme in my book. As a last minute stocking-stuffer for one of my favorite little girls, I added a fun woodland shape to a fabric pouch I got from the Target dollar section. Number nineteen of The 25 Projects of Christmas is quite the multipurpose gift!  

This little bag is perfect as a pencil case, makeup bag, coupon pouch, etc.  Read on for how to make the easiest no-sew applique ever!

Start with any plain fabric pencil case you have on hand (or make one from scratch if you're so inclined). As I mentioned, I got a simple burlap one from the dollar section at Target.  Next, you'll need a piece of felt in a contrasting color and a set of cookie cutters with shapes you like. I got this woodland creatures set from Ikea for like $2.95 if I'm not mistaken. 
That little hedgehog and moose won over my heart and I just needed to get them. 

Step 2 - Trace your favorite shape onto the reverse side of the felt. I wasn't sure which I would like more so I did two just to check them out.

Step 3 - Carefully cut the shapes out with sharp scissors. Flip them over so any ink lines are on the back.

Step 4 - Use some tacky glue to affix the shape to the pouch. I personalized mine a bit with a linen tape banner stamped with her name. And voila, you're finished :)

I like the idea of simple gifts as stocking stuffers and nothing beats a dressed up $1 find. As kids, our stockings were always full of dollar store treats - seashell sets, bouncy balls, candy, bubble bath, crayons, word search books, puzzles, etc. Do you stuff stockings with small and elaborate presents or is it simply a treasure trove of little things?
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  1. Hey, hey, IKEA! Love the idea of using cookie cutter for something else besides cutting cookies! =)

  2. So lovely!!!Brilliant idea!I have these cookie cutters :) Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial! I'd love for you to visit my blog.
    Have a great Year!

    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  3. Such a lovely little project. Simple but very effective, love it!

    Irene (EshipGlobal)


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