Thursday, July 27, 2017

Pretty Pint-Sized Packages for Trinkets and Treasures!

In other words, a Tutorial on How to Make a Tiny Fabric Purse!

Now.....I know that when you see the photos you'll be saying- "yes, I know how to make that. It's so easy. I don't need any directions or tutorials for something this simple! Why are you showing us such a simple craft?"

And I say, "I know you know!"  But the point in providing such tutorial is to dig into that creative corner from the nooks and crannies of your brain where this is hiding, because, if you're like me, until you see something created by someone else - no matter how easy it is - you don't think about making it or doing it! Isn't that right? And I say - "how come I didn't think of this earlier?"

And this is the point of this post - get my readers to enjoy something very simple, and provide them with a pretty and cute idea for gift-giving.

I purposely made the size of these petite purses to fit my calling card for when I ship jewelry to my customers. The card also provides a bit of stiffness to the purse. I usually place the pendants inside a cello sleeve along with my card and then wrap it up in pretty tissue paper before packaging it inside a padded bubble mailer. Wrapping a necklace or earrings inside a tiny felt purse is more fun to receive.

These little felt purses can be also be stitched by hand if someone doesn't own a sewing machine. Instead of stitched buttonholes, just making a slit in the felt would probably work okay, but stitching them gives more stability to the opening for the button.

Here's what you'll need:

felt pieces cut into 4 x 7 inch rectangles (or whatever size you want)
scissors and/or rotary cutter and mat
matching thread, sewing needle
buttons of your choice
pinking shears
any other decoration you so desire to add

You can use other fabric but then you have to contend with raw fabric edges that will ravel. Felt won't ravel and is quick and easy to work with and has more body and stiffness. Using a cutting mat makes measuring and cutting easy.

Here are several rectangles cut out with the buttons I chose.
Fold up the bottom edge so it comes up approximately 2.5 inches - enough to cover a business card. Your side seams will be 1/8 inch wide.
 Side seams are pinned.
 Before I stitch the side seams, I fold down the flap and mark the top and bottom of where I want the buttonhole to be sewn.

Open up the flap, sew the side seams, add buttonhole, and sew on button.
Use your pinking shears to add a decorative edge to the flap. If you are overly zealous, add lace and other trimmings to your petite purse! I made mine simple so they'll be quick to make.

Perfect size for my card and initial pendant! I'm sure my future customers will enjoy receiving their jewelry packaged this way, wouldn't you?

 All buttoned up and ready to ship or give to a friend!
 After I use up my multicolored stash of felt, I think I should stick with one or two colors for my Etsy shop - red or black - or maybe both! I wonder if I can find felt with polka dots? That would be cute!

The next time you present your loved one with a gift card, jewelry or other trinket, why not make one of these petite purses? It will add an extra touch of uniqueness to their gift. I'm sure they'll love it!
The past few weeks I've been mulling over a new project for my Etsy shop on the subject of friendship. I won't be saying what I'll be doing with it or what I'll be creating. You'll have to wait and see. I have some of the materials already but am still brewing over the execution of it!

In the meantime, let me remind my subscribers that if you only read my posts inside your email inbox, and not click on the link to take you to my blog, you will miss the little bits of information that I have pinned and will pin to my blog sidebar from time to time. Just so you know!

Until next time......
I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.
Psalm 13:6


  1. I follow your all posts and I love to witness the awesomeness of your designs. There is always too much creativity, delicacy and elegance in the above design. Well done!

  2. Thank you SO much for your comment! It made my day! :-)