One of the inevitable consequences of felt flower making is an ever-growing felt scraps stash! Fortunately, I love to delve into my felt scraps pile and find creative ways to use up the remnants that have accumulated throughout the year. I'm always amazed at what can be done with even the smallest offcuts of felt.
This felt planner pouch is a great way to use up larger offcuts of felt and would make a perfect gift for any stationery and planner lovers in your life.
Felt Planner Pouch
TOOLS AND MATERIALS:
- Felt scraps in various colours and sizes. You'll need two larger strips for the base of the pouch, one slightly smaller strip for the pocket and smaller offcuts for any decorative shapes. I used two rectangles measuring 16 x 5.5cm for the base pieces and one rectangle measuring 11.5 x 4.5cm for the pocket.
- Length of elastic or a stretchy band to fit your notebook. If you're using elastic, you'll need to sew this into a loop to fit your notebook. I wanted to avoid sewing and found a simple elastic headband worked perfectly for this project instead!
- Glue gun (or you can opt to sew your pouch if you prefer)
- Tacky glue (this is optional, but I found tacky glue a lot easier for attaching the smaller decorative shapes)
TO MAKE YOUR PEN POUCH:
Start by cutting two rectangles from your larger strips of felt for the base of the pouch. These can be any height/width you like (see above for the size I used), but bear in mind that if you make them too narrow it'll be a tight squeeze for your pen! If you want to round off the corners of the rectangles as I have done, make sure you hold your felt pieces together as you cut them to get a perfect match.
Now cut a pocket piece. This should measure around 3/4 the height of the base piece. I also cut it slightly narrower than the base.
Cut out your decorative shapes for the front of the pocket and use tacky glue to fix these to the pocket. For any intricate shapes, like the leaves on my pouch, make sure you've completely sealed the edges with glue to prevent them lifting up when a pen is put in the pouch. Leave to dry before trimming any overhanging edges.
To assemble the pouch, position your band on your notebook, then slide a piece of paper underneath to protect the front of the notebook while you glue the pieces together. Slide one of the base pieces of felt underneath the band and make sure the band is positioned exactly in the middle across the width.
Use your glue gun to glue over the top half on the right side of the base piece - make sure you have glued right up to the edge but avoid gluing the elastic band in the middle so this can still stretch and move as you need it to. Fix the top base piece in place over the top of the band. Repeat with the bottom half of the right side of the base piece.
Carefully lift up the left-hand side of the pouch and secure this in place with glue too.
Carefully squeeze a line of glue around the edge of the pocket piece - make sure you leave the top unglued - and fix in place on the base. You may find it easier to do this in stages, working from bottom to top.
Leave to dry completely before using.