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Holiday Blizzard: Thanksgiving Pouch

Thanksgiving Pouch

By: Nola J. Burkhard, Artistic Guide

This is a very easy little project that needs very little instruction and basically requires only a square piece of paper.  You can make it any size you want--I like the larger ones as they hold more, but even a cute little one could hold some coins, buttons or anything else that is small.  It's a great little pouch to put something in.  My sample shows candy, but that's just my preference!

Trendy Trees and Day of Gratitude (Stampin' Up!)
All - (Stampin' Up!)
---Paisley Petals Printed paper
---Marina Mist Solid Cardstock
All - (Stampin' Up!)
---Not Quite Navy
---Soft Suede
---More Mustard
---Always Artichoke
---Cajun Craze
Sizzix 3 Oval Die (Sizzix)
Big Shot machine (Sizzix)
Ribbon (stash)
Hole Punch
Scalloped Oval Die (EK Success)
Leaf brad (stash)


  1.  Take a square sheet of paper. I chose 200mm x 200 mm. From here it's just folding.
  2. Now fold 2 opposing corners in half so it forms a triangle.
  3. I never measure these folds--just go with the flow!  Bring the right bottom corner across so that the point is about half way across the left side.
  4. Then make the fold with the other side so that it looks like this when you have them both done.
  5. Now after these folds have been made, use a bone folder to make your creases strong.  If you want you can also add some strong glue or sticky tape under that last fold. From here you only have 1 more folds to make.  Take the top point piece that is in front and fold it down .
  6. I chose to secure the top flap with a leaf brad, but you could just glue it down if you wanted to.  It is kind of hard to punch the hole for a brad.  If you choose to do this, a Crop-a-dial really helps make the punching that hole a whole lot easier.
  7. And, now you're ready to decorate your pouch.  If this pouch looks familar, it just might--it's one fold short of a drinking cup!  Anyway, to decorate yours like I did you take your choice of plain or pattern paper (make sure it has a really fine pattern to it as you don't want it to take away from your stamped images) and your stamp-ama-jig.  I'm going to abreviate it to: SMJ from here on,  You do need one if you really want your trees to line up right.  I use if for all kinds of "2 step" projects.  Here are some photos to show you how to place the SMJ & stamps for the tree area of my project:
  8.  Make sure you put the stamp you want to use right up against the SJM--get it inked up and then press down on the stamp, just like you do when you are stamping, so that your imaged is stamped on  the imaging sheet. After you stamp on it, it should look like this.
  9. Now take the paper you want to stamp the tree on and place the image sheet with the SMJ right where you want it, remove the sheet away and put the stamp up against the SMJ just like you did before and you should get this...
  10. Now repeat all that with the top of the tree being very careful to make sure your stamp is right up against the SMJ.  If you do it right--it will look like this--Whala a perfect tree!
  11. Continue to do this as much as you want to make your "forest."  When you have it the way you want, punch it out with a scallop oval or just a plain oval punch. Mount it with glue and then you are ready for the bottom label and your words--very easy!  Here is the Sizzex die I used--it has 3 different Ovals on one die--I LOVE that!
  12. I used the middle size for my word label. Stamped my phrase it with Not Quite Navy ink. Then on the Acorn stamp I stamped with Soft Suede and applied a cute little leaf brad--punching the hole through all the layers of paper was hard-but that way I really did not use any glue or ahesive!  Punch a hole at the top corner area and thread through your ribbon of choice and tie a know.  Now you're done.  Here again, is a photo of the finished project.

I hope you like my little candy pouch--again you can make it larger by using a bigger square.  It's really simple and I hope you'll try it--let us know so we can take a look too!

Stamp, Create, Play . . . Everyday

Hugs, Nola



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2 Responses »

  1. Great idea Nola! These would make nice little souvenirs for family gatherings too!

  2. These are so quick and so cool! I love the ribbon attached to the top. These would look great hanging on a Christmas tree just waiting to be picked up!