Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Pocket Pouch ...pictorial tutorial

I had posted about these last week. in Ornaments.

When our older daughter was engaged, at a wedding shower in 2008 along with some other gifts, we had given her a decorative box of all her old ornaments from each year growing up.

And then at our younger daughter's wedding shower last year also with some other gifts, we had given her a decorative box filled with all her ornaments from each year growing up.

...we also found all of our son's ornaments (after our move from Georgia, this February, I was so thankful that all our Christmas ornaments and decor are all in red or green rubbermaids! It sure made it easier to find amongst all the other rubbermaids and boxes that we still need to go through).

...we had bought a cute box to put all the ornaments in, that looks like a "suitcase" with adventure-type words printed all over it. ( Found this one at Michael's)

But, I thought of sewing little pouches to put each ornament in and dated...(Now, I want to do these for our girls too, since I had just wrapped theirs in tissue wrap....maybe, when they move back to Kentucky, we can have a sewing day together and work on them).

Well...I did get them sewn with some muslin fabric that I already had. ...I did this the day before the shower, while my hubby was at work.


Here is the tutorial with photos:

1. Cut fabric to allow plenty of room for seams. On some I made them bigger than necessary, but better to have more room, than trying to squeeze your ornament in after all the sewing is done.
 (I used muslin, I had, but you can use other fabric).

This crocheted ornament was one of many my mom made for us...She passed away in 2004, so this one is like one of the ones I gave to each of our children for them to keep.

2. Iron (helps, but not necessary) the top edge and bottom edge over twice. Then stitch top and bottom edges.

3. Fold bottom edge up a little more than one third up (Looks like a sleeping bag).

4. Fold top edge down to over lap the bottom edge a little. Sew down one side about 1/8th inch seam.

 5. Sew down opposite side, also 1/8th inch seam. (Just the sides, do not sew the flap).

6.Turn the pocket inside out. Now sew the sides again, using a 1/4 inch seam. 
This is a french seam, so that there are no frayed seams. If you use felt material, you do not need to sew a french seam, since it will not fray.

7. Turn pocket right side out. Now ready for writing the date, if you would like. 

8. I used a sharpie to write the date on the flap.

9. I decided to draw a quick little sketch on the pocket pouch too, since some of the ornaments do not have the dates on them.  However, you could take a photo of the ornament and keep it in the pouch.

I would actually like to give each of our grandchildren (we currently have one grandbaby :o) an ornament  from us each year and then make a pocket pouch. I would take a photo of them holding their ornament. Then they can put that photo into the pouch with the ornament, for them to remember when they are grown :o)

Here are some of our son's ornaments. There are more, but for some reason, I cannot find some of the photos. Like the ones that my mom made for us, that I was able to give to each of our children:

The second one on top left, has a photo of him wearing his "tuxedo" sleeper on Christmas day.
The one of him on the bottom right, was made in his kindergarten class, with his kindergarten photo.


The green beaded cross from 1996, was actually made by his Granny when my hubby and I were first married...this was the year that she went to be with the Lord. We sure miss her.

The paper heart, he had made and had written his name in cursive.


The noodle angel I had made years ago, but couldn't find his 2002 ornament.
2007 was one when our son represented Georgia as Children's Miracle Network Ambassador child.

Here is one of their engagement Photos, taken by a talented and sweet photographer. 

a Perfect Portrait!
And here are more...Portraits.

This one was for a couple's wedding gift. It was drawn from a photo of them taken at their recent wedding.  (The one who ordered this, had heard of the art that I do from another that lives in another city, but actually has a dental practice near where we now live!  ...and we have not lived here that long.  ...but  when I saw the photo, I realized that the groom was the homecoming king when our younger daughter was homecoming queen! What a small, small world!)

And this one was also ordered a week later, by the same individual, for some family friends. 


I am joining in with Jenny's Alphabe-thursday's "P".!

And joining in with Kim's Made U Look Linky # 83!

And joining in with Amy's Work It Wednesday Linky party! :o) 

And joining in with Jann's Share Your Cup Thursday! :o)

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Amy said...

Oh my! How awesome you kept all your kids ornaments from each year. :) they are precious and what a thoughtful gifts for their weddings. These handmade pouches are wonderful in keeping each of them in place. You are truly talented.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely idea for storing all the memories.

LV said...

I have known a lot of people over my years, but none with a head full of ideas and talent like you. You come up with some of the neatest ways to preserve lifetime memories.

Anonymous said...

You are so creative and talented and such treasures for your son and his wife ~ beautiful post for 'P' ~ carol, xo

Esther Joy said...

Sweet! You are so creative!

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

A very lovely idea that is beautiful and perfect to protect those cherished keepsakes. Very nice!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This is a great way to store ornaments.

Grandmabeckyl.blogspot said...

I like the idea of little wrappings for each ornament. Our son has his. Our daughter's is in a box, waiting for her to move out one of these days. We still have the plastic mouse my mom sent us when we were stationed in England, our first Christmas in 1977. Almost tossed it out....too much sentimental value! I don't know why mom liked mice. I'd get birthday cards with them on there as well. Guess she thought they were cute. Oh well. I've been getting our grandchildren ornaments as well each year. Fun! Hope you are enjoying your new home in a different state. Hugs!

Eden House News and views said...

I give each of my children a christmas decoration each year.
Last year we worked on a gingerbread wooden advent calendar.This year I have purchased a candle chime decoration I just love what you have done . Think this year I will put my grandsons ones in a little bag

Little Wandering Wren said...

Wow! You get the prize of the week, how long did it take? That is a truly special gift for them and a truly special gift that you are able to do this.
Impressed From Australia

Pondside said...

What a sweet idea, Maria. This makes the whole idea of the Christmas ornaments as heirlooms even more meaningful.

SarahBeth said...

There are those cute little bags again! Thanks for posting the tutorial :)
I recognize some of those Hallmark ornaments, and during my ceramic years I made soccer ball guys just like your ornament! And macaroni angels -- a must on every tree!!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

What an awesome idea - I'll bet your kids treasure those ornaments forever...

Lmkazmierczak said...

Overwhelmed by the size and scope of your project♫ Great job! My P:

SarahGeorge said...

Oh, how lovely ! Cute pouches and a creative way to protect the beautiful ornaments. Thanks for the tutorial. And thanks for taking time to visit me and for leaving a very sweet comment.
Hugs :-)

Anonymous said...

Lovely gift for your children. I have not talent crafts at all so it's extra impressive to me that you can do all this.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Maria, we too gave our children a new ornament each year for Christmas. When they married I just gave them all to them. Nothing so special as your sewn bags. What a wonderful idea! All I did was write the date on each ornament box. It is so fun to go to their homes and see them hanging on their trees. Love all of the sketches! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Jenny said...

This is the perfect way to preserve such precious memories...

It looks like something I could do too!

Pretty cool post for the letter "P"!

Thanks for linking.


Laura said...

What a great idea! I give my boys an ornament each year and this is a perfect way to keep them straight!

Thanks for visiting my blog! SO nice to meet another pilot's wife and a KY person :) I can't wait to get back there someday!

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