In August I have a couple of friend's birthdays quite close together, and while I was searching for some inspiration for things to make them, Mollie at Wild Olive posted about these awesome zipped embroidered pouches. I thought they were really cool because they are lined, have a zip, and you can embroider anything you want on them.
The first one I made was for my friend Griz, who really likes cats, so I decided to use this lovely free pattern from The Pink Samurai I had stashed for my embroidered duvet, but have yet to use. Though there's still another three cute cats, so they might make it on to the duvet.
I used the stitch over tracing paper technique, which I don't like as I can't seem to stop it stretching my stitches when I pull it away, no matter how careful I am, but I couldn't find another way to get the pattern on to the felt successfully enough.
Here's so details of the zip and the blue heart-print lining I used.
Then I stuffed it with some sweets!
For the second pouch, which was for my other friend Tiny, I wanted to do something Disney (as she's Disney mad), and after finding out her favourite movie was Pocahontas, I used this lineart image I found on DeviantArt as my embroidery pattern.
I think she turned out really good, and I'm glad I used the lineart version as sometimes faces can go a bit odd when you embroider them.
Again I stuffed it with some goodies before I gave it to her.
I really love these pouches, and I like how easy they were to pop a zip in even though you were stitching by hand.