Embroidery Felt Pouches can be personalized and used for many different purposes.
I found these zipper pouches at Target for $1. There are so many different things they can be used for but I had a specific purpose in mind. I’ll share my idea with you in the next post but for right now I want to share with you how I personalized them. All you need are the pouches, embroidery floss, and a chalk pencil. I shared this on my instagram (@odeleanne) a few days ago so I’ll share it here too, it’s been at least 25 years since I’ve embroidered. That’s a long time out of practice but for a first project I think it turned out pretty good.
I drew out what I wanted to embroider using a chalk pencil. It showed up well on the felt and wiped off easily. Sometimes a little too easily though since I couldn’t always see the line. I made the letters whimsical mainly because it made it easier on me.
I decided to only work with 2 main stitches after being out of practice for so long. I first learned how to embroider in my 7th grade sewing class. I really liked sewing but was intimidated by the machine. We spent a couple weeks on hand sewing and stitching and I was hooked. My favorite stitch back then was the chain stitch so I thought I’d give it a go again. I like the handmade look of stitching so I don’t worry about it being too perfect. I was surprised how easy and relaxing I found it after all these years.
The Chain Stitch is still one of my favorite stitches. It’s like a series of connected loops. To start the stitch bring the floss up from the back and put the needle back down through the fabric close to where it came up. You will have a little loop, bring the needle up through the fabric inside the loop a short distance from your starting point. Pull the thread to make the first loop.
After the initial loop begin the next stitch inside the loop next to the exit stitch. Bring the needle up through the fabric a short distance then place the thread over the needle from left to right, like shown below. Try to keep your stitches consistent in size but don’t stress over it.
Once you get going this stitch is really quick and easy. Your stitch might look a little different than someone else’s depending on the thread tension, stitch size, and how close your entrance and exit points are. This is the loop before the thread is pulled.
And this is after and ready for the next stitch.
To end the chain stitch simply place the needle down through the fabric at the end of the last loop and tie it off on the back side.
It’s not perfect but I’m liking the process and how it’s turning out. Floss usually comes with 6 strands. I took it apart and only used 3 strands for this stitching.
The next stitch is the Stem Stitch. It reminds me of twisted rope and is a really easy stitch. It’s a lot easier stitch for curved letters or objects. To start this stitch just come up from the back then go back down through the fabric a short distance from where you came up. Place the needle back down through the fabric half way of the first stitch. Make sure the floss stays to the bottom of the stitches as shown below.
I find my stitches are much more consistent if I go down and come up through the fabric in one motion.
Ending the stitch is very easy. Just go down through the fabric and instead of coming back up tie it off on the back. If I were stitching on a fabric that had more of a grain I would simply bring the floss back through some of the stitches on the back side and there would be no need to tie it off.
I used all 6 strands of the floss for this stitch to make it thicker.
These are the pouches in the chain stitch.
And these are the pouches using the stem stitch.
This was a fun project and I’m glad I had the idea of stitching them. I think I’ve caught the bug again and I can’t wait to stitch more. Embroidery really is an affordable craft. You can use about any type of fabric you like and floss is very inexpensive.
You can probably guess what these are going to be used for but I’ll share all the info with you in the next post since this one is already long enough.
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