remake it: sewn pyramid paper pouch

A new series of posts using recycled and/or recyclable materials.

1. A gift pouch.

Inspired by a 1970’s fav! Not sure if these were/are peculiar to the UK?

So evocative of long, sunny, carefree days!

Lovely Jubbly!

I used  paper that was free in ‘Craft Seller’ (issue 13/August 212). This project would also be a great reuse of wrapping paper (although not really thin stuff!), and also old magazine pages;  something with some weight because of the sewing and to hold the final shape

I wanted to make a little sweet bag to give to one of the girls leaving sewing group this week; I enjoy machine sewing paper and  knew that this would be a quick project!

Fold a piece of A5 double sided paper in half, but without making a crease:

Next up sewing! I used a zig-zag stitch as when I used a running stitch the paper perforated too easily.

You should now have an open top pouch:

The pouches are now ready to be filled! I chose smarties!

The pouches could hold all sorts of things, including small gifts. I will be making some more for my boys to give out at school as thank-yous to the staff.

If putting in something like biscuits, then popping the biscuits inside a small glassine bag or wrapping them in greaseproof paper first will prevent staining the pretty paper!

The final stage is to sew up the pouches. This could be done by sewing straight across the top.

However, I like the ‘pyramid’ effect created by taking the side with the seam and ‘pushing’ it across to meet the opposite side of the pouch. The photo below will do a better job than me with this explanation!

Instead of sewing the sides of the pouch they could be closed with the use of washi tape for a pretty edging, or plain sticky tape.

I also think these would make lovely invitations; the invite itself could be printed onto the paper and thus hidden inside, or a slip of paper could be popped inside with all the party details.

I am sure that there are many more uses for pretty pyramid pouches!

Thank-you for reading

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if you don’t have a dream…


The remakery is my own little business venture!

This image of  moomah cafe in New York City ( http://www.moomah.com)  was one of my first pins on this board:

http://pinterest.com/theremakery/if-you-don-t-have-a-dream/

Kid cafes - moomah

The philosophy and environment that is moomah is my ultimate aspiration. The remakery is a (tiny) step towards this.

I have  been preparing for the launch of the remakery  in one form or another for many years!

Folders, books, notebooks, pinterest pinning, and  an ever-expanding google reader stash are testament to my quiet obsession!

I have dreamt about running sewing and craft classes for children and have also longed to organise eco-friendly parties.

I have planned thoroughly for both and today saw the first remakery sewing class; I was joined by three of the sweetest girls and we had a ball!

I plan to organise some  remakery crafty tea parties over the Summer, ready to take bookings from September.

I hope that they will be a little bit of this:

http://www.marthastewart.com/

and a little bit of that:

vintage tea party

http://inspiremebaby.com/category/inspire/toddler/

Thank-you for reading.