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what's purple and cute and more fun than netflix?

Ok!  Well, now ... the last thing I thought I'd be doing last nite is making a little last-minute gift card holder for my daughter's friend's birthday present, that's for sure.  It was Friday nite.  It had been a very busy week - including a trip to the mall to buy the gift card - and I was done.  Or so I thought.

Apparently we don't have any nice gift bags/wrapping in the closet. 

Now, you know me.  I'd really rather not leave the house, especially on a dark Friday nite when I've already got my fuzzy socks on.  So instead of running out to the store, I decided it was "easier" to make a little gift pouch instead.  It's what I do, make birthday gifts for little girls.  It's my thing.

I ALWAYS used to make super cute things for birthday gifts when my daughters were invited to parties.  But teenagers don't want sweet little purses with ruffles and bows, or tooth-fairy pillows ... and I'm sure I've made all their friends at least a few pencil cases over the years.  But this year my daughter reeeally wanted to give a gift certificate to a clothing store. 

Sigh.  Ok.  But it didn't occur to me until she couldn't find a nice gift box or bag or even wrapping paper that I had the perfect opportunity to still do "my thing" and make a gift card pouch!

It measures about 3.5" x 5".  The stripe is Old/New 30's and check is Petit Fleur, both about four years old, both by Lecien.  I did a little happy dance when I found a purple zipper in the bottom of my zipper bin (yes, I have a zipper bin ... don't judge ... it has saved me many a trip to the fabric store, case in point!).  Lace was a scrap.  I almost used white lace, but I didn't want this pouch to look TOO similar to the one I did last week with the same stripe fabric but in orange.

I love it when I'm "forced" to spend an hour on a Friday nite making something cute and useful.  It's so much more rewarding than surfing Netflix for an hour, no? ;) xo k

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Reader Comments (8)

Only you, my sweet friend, can make such a cute last-minute gift:-) It's perfect!
October 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHildy
Something about the preponderence of pink we usually see makes the photo look like it's tinted! Love the color and the gift- and I am giggling to myself (here at work on a Saturday) regarding how all too true it is that it seems easier to sew something from scratch than change and run out to the store!!! :-)
October 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCelia Quilter
Wow - this is awesome. Love this beautiful pouch!!
October 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSigi G
It's truly lovely. Any teenage girl would love one - with or without the voucher.
Who doesn't have a zipper bin??
At garage/yard sales, boot sales, trash & treasure markets and op-shops, I'm always pouncing on the bag of a dozen or so zippers for $1. Given that they average $5 each in the shops, one can never have too many in the zipper bin. I probably have at least one of every size in every colour, and I've even been lucky enough to get ones with metal teeth, yay! Plus, if a garment has had its day and is even beyond donating to an op-shop, I will strip it of buttons, zips and all other fasteners before it goes in the rag bag in the shed.
My twin nieces would like Pandora vouchers for Christmas, so I think I'd better go make them each a zippered voucher pouch.
Thank you for the inspiration
October 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKrankywitch
Gosh ,great to see you sewing! Such a darling little pouch! I agree,I would rather sew something anytime, I am sure this sweet little gift will be much appreciated :) i would guess your girls friends look forward to the things you sew. Nothing is more personal. Impromptu sewing is the best!
October 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie N
My daughter has also entered the gift card gift years and I make little wallets that close with a snap to put them in. We can usually make these with leftover fabric and find something that matches her friend's personality. The biggest challenge was finding large clear snaps. I have now resorted to the pearly looking snaps that you crimp on with the little tool but I do not like it as well.
October 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDebbi
This is so cute! Just lovely! Would you mind posting a little how-to tutorial ? Thanks a lot for being such an incredible source of inspiration! :-)
October 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlexia
lovely idea, so much nicer that the standard gift card wrapping
October 18, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterkiri

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