January 26, 2010
Make It : Felt Catch-All Valentine Gift
Posted by Kirsten Earl
For once I'm getting started a little early! I was inspired to create this gift by the pile of receipts, business cards, ChapSticks and change that appears on my vanity when my husband gets home every night. He needs a soft place to drop pocket contents (that can be cleaned out now and then? I won't push it), and I need to reclaim my makeup-doing space. Hence the handcrafted catch-all: a valentine gift for both of us!
Maybe you know someone who can use one of these -- low-sew directions in the photo gallery below. Enjoy!
1 Begin by ironing a 9" by 9" piece of Steam-a-Seam onto a slightly larger piece of felt (left). Cut a 9" by 9" piece of felt in another color (right).
2 Trim felt from around the Steam-a-Seam square and remove paper backing. Cut pieces of the following measurements: four 1 3/8” squares, four 1 3/8” by 4” rectangles, one 4” by 4” square.
3 Tip: Cut the shapes as shown to get all pieces from the same square. (Pieces shown adhesive-side up).
4 Carefully align the four small squares to the corners of the 9" by 9" piece, sticky side down, and press in place.
5 Align the rectangles along the edges, and center between the squares, sticky side down. Press in place.
6 Center the large square among the other pieces, sticky side down, and press in place.
7 Squeeze corner, aligning the two edges of the small square as shown. "Tack" the corner together (sew back and forth in one spot), about 1/4" from the edge.
8 You can add beads as you sew for a decorative touch, as I did in this photo. I also sewed some beads to the inside corners.
9 A variety: I call the one on the bottom right the "manly" version, made with industrial felt. The larger one on the left is secured in the corners with snaps, allowing it to flatten for travel.
10 To make a design in the center of your catch-all, simply cut it from the center square with a craft knife before ironing it down.
11 Detail photo of the corner of the manly version. Notice the thick industrial felt used for the base piece. I used faceted hematite beads as decoration.
12 The travel version has snaps hand-sewn into the corners, so that it can be snapped into a catch-all when needed. You can kind of see that I sewed a crystal bead opposite the snap on the outside.
Sources: Steam-a-Seam is a great iron-on double-sided adhesive that can be used for a multitude of crafts; I firmly believe every crafter should have plenty on hand at all times (available in rolls and sheets at craft, fabric, and sewing-supply stores). Magic Cabin is a great source for 100% wool felt; FilzFelt has the thick industrial kind in gorgeous colors. Crystal beads from Swarovski Crystallized Elements.
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