My neighbor gave me fabric samples. Being the thrifty person that I am I threw it in the material pile. As the fabric started falling, I started getting annoyed. I decided to use one to make a pouch like one from Ballard Designs. I have been thinking about doing this project for a while anyway. It is an easy sewing project to make in a day. If you don’t sew you can use the fusible tape and grommets.
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It is the perfect craft for our Monthly Crafty Destash Challenge. We are allowed to spend $10.00 or less for supplies to complete the project. Last month I updated Dollar Store coasters. I had everything I needed for this month’s challenge. My inspiration is fabric pouches I bought from Ballard Designs a long time ago. They are a great catch all. Two of the pouches are hanging on a bulletin board. That is another inspiration project in the future as well.
The grommets are already in place because it is a fabric sample. The edges are already finished. It won’t add extra time to do those steps if you need to. When selecting a piece of material make sure it looks as good on the wrong side as the right side.
Prior to starting the project I had already washed and ironed the samples. I have another project in mind that I am going to use them for. Back to our project. I folded about an inch of material down to create a smaller pouch. Plus it straightened out the crooked edge. That is optional. I don’t have a Serger so I used a zig zag stitch to sew the edge of the hem.
I folded the material just below the grommets. Press it and sew the sides using the stitching as a guide.
That is it. Now if you are using material other than a sample just use a zig zag stitch around the edges. For you non-sewers, you can use the fusible tape and fray check. Did you know you can probably get last year’s samples at any furniture store? Just go in and ask if they have any. The samples are tossed out when they get new samples so it is worth a try.
I decide to use the flocked letters I used in the license plate project. I wanted to see how they are when applied the correct way. There were enough letters to spell out “Junk”. It just gives it a little bit of whimsy.
Now I didn’t have all of the materials or the time to make a bulletin board. I had to come up with an idea on how to hang it. Remember I can’t spend over $10.00. I got creative and found a scrap piece of pallet wood to use as a hanger.
It got a good sanding, painted with some leftover paint from another project and waxed. A saw tooth hanger was attached to the back for hanging. Measure the distance of the grommets and make a mark on the bottom of the board. Using a small drill bit, drill a pilot hole for each cup hanger. Screw in the cup hangers and you are done with this project.
You can even stencil something on the board or not. That is the beauty of crafting, you can change it however you want to. And when it is an easy sewing project to make in a day it doesn’t get much better than that. For other fabulous crafty destash ideas check out the links below.
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Fabric Sample or a piece of material Grommet Kit if needed
Matching thread Fusible Tape for no sew
Flocked Letters Piece of wood
Saw tooth hangers Small hammer
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