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My daughter has been working on getting her recorder belt level up in school and she is now aiming for her purple belt. Last year, I made a felt pouch for her recorder and it is now looking so ratty that she asked me to make new one for her.
I thought of using a woven placemat that I bought from the dollar store to make a new pouch. I even embroidered a treble clef on it and it turned out great.
Both my daughters are very musical and I must say, they both have a natural talent for it. No, I did not pass that onto them. I wish I could claim the glory but they got it from my husband. Oh hang on, you know what they also got that from my side of the family. My mom is very musical and sings very well, my brother is a musician and musical arranger and my grandfather was an opera singer.
I know I should stop all this who-got-the-best-genes analysis and get on to sharing with you the latest tutorial.
Get all these materials :
Let’s make a pouch.
Get some woven placemats or even fabric types will work.
For this tutorial, I’ll be using the purple placemat and I will cut the size to fit a recorder. You may pattern the size of your pouch to an existing pouch or size it to how big or small you would like it to be for your need. I know it might necessarily be for a recorder case but the process will be the same for any kind of pouch you like to make.
Fold the placemat in half and cut a piece away for the flap. Make sure that the length of the flap can be folded in half equally.
Sketch the image or pattern you would like to embroider on the front side using a crayon. This is the side where you have the extended size for your flap. If your placemat is fabric, you can use a fabric chalk or pencil for the outline.
Now, you can start to embroider over your outline. Use any color you like. It would be best to use a contrasting color so it gives the pouch a pop of color and more of that handmade look.
Time to do some embroidery
I know it takes a bit of time to embroider but it will look so rad, trust me.
You can now stitch the ends to close. Do a blanket stitch all the way around and stop where the flap begins.
Cut up a piece of velcro and sew the other piece onto the pouch.
Now, fold the flap in half and sew the other piece of Velcro.
You can then stitch up the edges of the flap doing a blanket stitch again.
Diy pouch from a placemat is rad!
Wasn’t that a more productive use of time instead of wasting away time on Netflix! On second thought, we all need some no brainer Netflix binge from time to time.
Look at this pouch. How did yours turn out? I’m pretty sure it looks great. If you like another idea on how you can repurpose a placemat, check out this table runner diy tutorial.
You can totally rock this!