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Handmade Holiday – The Savings Pouch

Handmade Holiday – The Savings Pouch

September 6, 2010

When last Wednesday dawned September 1st, I realized that it was time that I get seriously busy about the long list of handmade gifts that need to be made. I emailed Tonya straight away and asked to join her and the amazing community of crafters she has gathered together in her Handmade Holidays 2010, both for inspiration and for encouragement.

We have recently begun an allowance with our children, and we have been working with them to save money, purchase a few of their own special snacks per week at the store, and have one or two quarters in their pockets for something of enjoyment.

After a great deal of discussion, and a lot of work on their part to try and balance their “budget”, I decided that it might be fun for them to have something special to carry their hard earned money in when we visit the markets. A few months back, Linda from Natural Suburbia held a giveaway for a few of her magical items. For the first time ever, I actually won a giveaway, and was treated to an amazing package. One of the treasures that I have kept on my work table ever since was a gorgeous piece of handmade felt felt that Linda had made (she is sweet enough to have a tutorial for doing the same on her blog). I have been thinking of what I wanted to do with it, and I knew that it had to feel right before I could use it.

The idea for this first holiday gift came when I folded the piece in half last week, and I realized that it could make a great wallet. The felt is super sturdy, and the project took all of about 30 minutes, start to finish to put together. What is it about completing the first handmade gift, even a tiny stocking stuffer, that just makes me feel so giddy? I love the holidays, and it is so meaningful to be able to give a gift, even a small one like this, that is handmade.

Personalized Felted Wallet

Cut your felt to what ever size feels right for you or your child. I chose to use Velcro as my closure (the sticky kind), and I matched them up and sewed them on for extra security.

Fold in half to the size you desire and pin in place.

Using a blanket stitch, sew the sides shut.

Using a scrap piece of linen or cotton, stamp or embroider your words of choice, and using a zig zag stitch sew in place (on front flap) to cover your velcro stitching.

Fill with what ever coins or dollars your child has saved, and enjoy!

This weekend we took the long trek (at 4 am) down to Colorado Springs for the Colorado Balloon Classic, and as always it was such a treat. There is something spectacular about huge colorful balloons filling the sky as the sun rises. When Jacob was about 18 months, he and I use to wake almost every morning at 6 am and head out to try and “chase” balloons. Ballooning is rather big in our area, and most sunny days you can find at least one in the sky. Jake and I would sit up on the hood of my car and he would just shriek in excitement. It is great to see that both boys still have that joy at seeing them fill up the sky.

At the end of the morning, we came across one of those high flying bungee things that kids can “fly” on. We went from balloons in the air to kids in the air in a matter of minutes. Oh the freedom of a trampoline and a bungee cord. I wish I could bottle those looks forever.

The weekend ended with true happiness, at least for me. We were the last of the visitors to the farmer’s market, and I scored a box of over ripened peaches, and another of pears for 1/3 the cost of what they would have been earlier in the day. Guess who is spending her Memorial Day Monday in the kitchen jamming?

Have a happy and safe holiday my friends

Savings Pouch PDF

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Home Baked September 6, 2010 at 11:06 am

Fantastic pictures – definitely ones for the photo album!

Your stocking filler gifts are a lovely idea. I have started crafting for the holidays too.

Happy jamming :o)


Michele September 6, 2010 at 11:57 am

My children start school on Friday, always a bittersweet moment for me but this year and am a tad bit excited. Since all three are in school I will have at least 6 hours of crating time! I love the money pouches, great stocking stuffer for sure! Also, our neighboring town hosts a huge Balloon Festival in July and we LOVE waking up at 6am to "chase" balloons.We never tire watching those awesome balloons, it is truly a sight to see. Have a lovely day!


GinnySheller September 6, 2010 at 12:18 pm

I love the wallet!
Our renovations are in high gear now as we approach cold weather and need to meet some deadlines and I am afraid I am not going to get to can any peach jam! I did make a ton of strawberry though so I am hoping we have enough to last until next May!


Angela September 6, 2010 at 12:37 pm

What a wonderful pouch! We are thinking about the allowance thing over here too. Isn't Tonya amazing? She completely got my rear in gear. I actually finished my first present-a gaiter.
I am loving the balloon photos! Thanks for sharing! Peace, Angela


heirloomseasons September 6, 2010 at 12:50 pm

We have always had handmade holidays in our home, but I am extra happy to be part of Tonya's inspiring group this year. Now that we are getting back into our school year/lesson time I guess I better move on to the holiday creating thoughts!

I love the little pouch, perhaps a good family handwork project for us. Sometimes I try to save everything for gift ideas, and then try to make everything mysel. Of course everything does not get made…

How beautiful that felt it! I remember when Linda first posted her tutorial. See, another thing on the list to make…

Now if only we lived just 4 hours apart instead of 10.


elizablessed September 6, 2010 at 2:24 pm

great score on the fruit…colorado springs is the one place in colorado that I have spent some time. I have an aunt there and we did a training camp for the tour of hope there. your post brought me back to a lot of memories and inspiration to hopefully plan a trip back out there to see her…that bungee jumping looks like fun!


brooke September 6, 2010 at 2:27 pm

i have already started too! I am not entirely handmade, but working on it! Beautiful wallet and felt!
Have fun jamming!


Tonya September 6, 2010 at 3:02 pm



Tonya September 6, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Those pictures of your boys in the bungee is amazing! What great shots you captured to be forever remembered.
The rainbow felt you made the pouches out of is sooo beautiful! I love the idea of adding the name and hope it is ok to include a picture with link to this post in next Monday's Handmade Holiday post .

Thank you so much for joining it. It has truly been wonderful to see everyone's projects and to keep on task to make the holiday season that much more peaceful.

Warm wishes.


Sunshine Mama September 6, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Love the felt wallet! The colors of it are amazing, as it the pictures of your boys bungee jumping! If that's not a perfect kodak moment, I don't know what is 🙂

Have fun jamming at that sweet, sweet fruit!


molly September 6, 2010 at 10:49 pm

This is AWESOME!!! The wallet, the peaches, and the looks, hands down!!! What fun…


Lacey September 7, 2010 at 1:42 am

oh my. i wish i'd scored some fruit like that! I'm afraid the season passed and we didn't stock up like we should have. And those saving wallets are amazing!


Kelly September 7, 2010 at 1:16 pm

what a great wallet – I love it. those pictures of the kids jumping are priceless.


briar September 8, 2010 at 8:47 am

love jamming – can't wait for summer here to get cracking! great pics of your lovely boys x


Ag ambroult September 8, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Those pouches are a great idea. i have so many kids on my list, that would be easy to make multiples of. Love that felt, by the way! Those picture made me laugh out loud! What fun!


Anna September 9, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Love the wallet you made and that you are so ahead of the game on your holiday crafting. Wow! And those pictures of your boys in the bungees are incredible!


Valarie September 9, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Look at your boys on the bungees. Those are great shots. I love those wallets. Who wouldn't want to save their money in a such a beautiful place? I, too, have started making gifts. I have many things on the knitting needles and stacks of fabric that are screaming at me to pick them up and get busy. I love this time of year.


Linda September 10, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Dear Heather,
What a beautiful blog post! The wallet you made is wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing your tutorial on Creative Friday:) I have just used the last of that rainbow felt to make Caiden's birthday crown. Your weekend was amazing, I love hot air balloons, my hubby and I got engaged in one and they have always been very special to me:) Oooh how lovely to get your peaches and pears at a discounted price, looking forward to seeing the results of your jam making.

Thank you so much for linking to my Etsy shop and tutorial, you are most kind Heather:)

I wish you a wonderful weekend my sweet friend,


heather September 11, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Thanks for the wallet tutorial. We just began giving our children an allowance for doing chores also. This wallet would be great for them. A few dollars have already been lost.


karen September 15, 2010 at 3:27 am

I love your savings pouch what a great idea! It looks so gorgeous and colourful:)


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