DIY tiny felt "purse" gift wrap
This tiny felt “purse” is a cute, creative and crafty way to present a gift card or piece of jewelry to a loved one. I previously provided the instructions on my first blog (tintenfleckstudio.com). Two quick side seams, a buttonhole and button (or snaps) are all it takes! Even if you don’t own a sewing machine, stitching this tiny felt purse is quick and easy.
Depending on the size you make, here are some gift ideas to put inside your felt purse:
Small note pad
Hot chocolate packets
Small sewing notions
Book of stamps w/note cards
I’ll provide the measurements for the tiny felt purse I make to hold my initial pendants that I sell in my Etsy shop (here). If you purchase one of my pendants, a free felt purse is included! You can make the purses any size you wish to accommodate the items that will go inside.
This tiny felt purse is constructed with a piece of felt measuring 9 inches long and 4.25 inches wide. Either mark your fabric or cut out a piece of paper to use as a pattern as you see here. Cut your felt piece according to the measurements.
Fold up 3 inches from the bottom edge. Pin side seams and stitch a tiny seam on both sides (or hand sew). You can see how a business card will fit nicely inside. Before I sewed the side seams I marked the the spot for the buttonhole. Fold the flap down 2.5 inches.
If you’re not keen on making buttonholes, then sew on snaps. If you’re not using a button to secure the purse, then add a button on the top flap or other decorative item if you wish.
I always make a sample buttonhole on scrap fabric first to make sure it comes out right as you can see in the photo below. Stitch the buttonhole on the top flap of your felt purse and carefully slit it open. And yes...I'm using my vintage 221 Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine with my buttonhole attachment!
Sew your button on.
To finish it off nicely, I use my pinking shears to trim the flap. As I had 3 more buttons and extra felt fabric, I made three more! For some reason, the photos below came out darker when I placed the purses on fabric.
If you’d like to make larger ones like these that I use for larger pieces of jewelry that I sell in my Etsy shop (here), cut out your felt fabric 9 inches high and 6 inches wide. Felt purses are included in all jewelry purchases.
To make your tiny purse more decorative, think about embroidering designs on the flap or around the edges of the purse.