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I have a little confession to make about buttonholes and any other sewing projects that need something to secure them closed - I always avoid these type of projects because the thought of doing a button hole on my sewing machine scares me a little. Actually a lot! I know it's quite simple, but the whole idea of having to use a different foot on my machine puts me off to begin with, then there's the worry of making sure you cut the button hole in the right spot. I've actually been wanting to make some fun stationery pockets for my niece for quite a while now, but, you guessed it, that would involve button holes - so I put the idea on hold.
Then, the lovely team at Velcro sent me out some of their new Velcro Sticky Back for Fabrics to try and I knew right away that I had to sew up some of those stationery pockets that I'd been thinking about. I don't know about you, but I've always been hesitant with buying anything that promised to stay in place without the need for sewing, but this product really does hold well - you just peel and stick for a permanent bond - no sewing, ironing or gluing required and once applied, it can last up to 110 cold/warm washes.
I put together a quick tutorial for you, incase you'd like to make some simple stationery pockets too. They're fast and simple to make and great for holding all those knick-knacks that you have in your creative space.
- A4 pieces of felt - this makes a good sized pocket for pens.
- Fabric scraps
- Scissors + pinking shears to trim the fabric
- Sewing machine
- Velcro Sticky Backs for Fabric - available nationally from Bunnings, Spotlight and independent haberdashery stores.
Step 1: Use scissors to create a curve (see photograph above) on one end of the felt.
Step 2: Use the pinking shears to trim fabric scraps for embellishing the pockets with - I created a selection of different sized pieces and also cut out the word 'pens' from felt (freehand), plus a couple of tiny circles from felt and fabric.
Step 3: Machine stitch the fabric strips, letters and circles onto the pieces of felt.
Step 4: Create the 'pocket' by folding the felt so that it forms an envelope (see above photo) and machine stitch the sides together.
Step 5: Complete the pocket by adhering velcro (Velcro Sticky Back for Fabrics) into position and set aside for 24 hours, to create a permanent bond with the felt/fabric.
Fill the pockets with a selection of stationery products - pens, tags, paper clips, washi tape, sticky notes, etc... Or even make up a couple to hold/send pen pal letters in. My little niece is heavily into all things stationery at the moment, so I can't wait to pop these in the post for her, I think they'll be cute to keep in her desk and fill with supplies. The Velcro Sticky Backs for Fabric will be great for tiny hands too, no tricky clasps for her to have to do up!