Monday, March 22, 2010

Gift given...

I shared a photo of a gift wrapped in vintage pattern tissue and a butterfly sticker on it. I was going to mail it in a birthday card and I like to keep mailing items light weight and flat. Well then I found out I was giving it in person so no need to mail it. Hmmm...
I had made this simple Swarovski crystal bracelet as the real gift. Once I realized I would not be mailing it I didn't want to give it in the simple wrapping I had done. So...or I should say, sew...

I went to the sewing room and got out some vintage fabric, some lace, a button and ribbon. I wanted the gift pouch to have some cushion and softness so I got a piece of wool felt and sandwiched it between the decorator fabric. Very simple rectangle and serging of all the edges. I folded it and sewed the sides. A short flap with lace is a perfect fold over. But it wanted to keep popping open so a little ribbon and a button is all it needed to hold it closed and give it the right touch.

I will say that this gift pouch was very well received and well liked. Shhh...I will be making more of these for some more gifts I am giving.
I already have some interesting thoughts on some of my fabrics and colors. I am trying to use what I have and not keep buying more things to store. It is rather fun to actually use combinations from my stash and see what the end results are.
This is like a gift within a gift. I love that. Usually I wrap and package things in several layers just for the fun of watching people open their gifts.
Are you the type of gift giver that likes to see the recipient open their gift? For me it is part of the satisfaction of knowing if they like their gift I have made especially for them.


  1. Hello doll,

    Awww, I think this is such a perfect gift. I love the idea of pouches with hidden treasures inside. This is beautiful with its vintage look. The crystal bracelet almost looks like pure silver in the photos and very elegant indeed.

    Here's sending sparkly fairy dust to you and your muse. May your day and week be full of magical surprises.

    ~Kitty Kellie

  2. How could anything be sweeter than being in an adorable little pouch. The best gift wrap there is!

  3. Love the pouch, very beautiful..Yes, I love seeing people open my gift.I always get butterflies in my tummy..

  4. wow.....the bracelet you made is gorgeous, and this sweet little pocket makes is even more special! how lovely!!!!! ;))

  5. This is a delightful combo. I need to do better with gift wrap! 8^)

  6. what a wonderful way to package that gorgeous bracelet!

  7. Oooooh, how gorgeous the bracelet is...and that pouch! LOVE the fabric and lace and vintage and...oh my! LOVE it!

  8. What a sweet lady you are to make such a lovely gift. I'm sure the recipient was overjoyed when they received it.



  9. They are both Awesome!

    I have been meaning to et out my machine and do some fabric sewing on paper!! ( Or watercolor paintings...) I love the crystals too! I wear 4-5 necklaces at a time and I always wonder if I might pick up a radio station???
    LOL I am probably showing my age... but Because they are the antique lead crystal??? hmmm just kidding!!

    Have a great week!!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!!!
    from WI

  10. I like the gift pouch....definitely something they will use again and that makes gift giving even more fun.

    I do like to see someone open gifts..I always try to give something that is "them" or something they see of mine that they have a fit over. :0)

    Thanks for visiting me today...Come back anytime and I'll be visiting you again.

    And yes, you must visit Smoky Mountain Spinnery when you come to Gatlinburg the next time. :0)

    Stephanie ♥

  11. What a lucky girl to get such a beautiful gift! I loved the sparkly bracelet, and your gift pouch was just a beautiful! Lovely beading and stitching! Have a fun day, Sweetie! xo Paulette

  12. Adorable! Your friends are so lucky to receive gifts that are handmade with love!


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