Friday 3 August 2007

Phonic Sound Pouches

I have finally finished the pouches. Like everything I ummed and aghhed before deciding which route to take. I decided that I would hand sew them, since getting the machine out is too much hassle and we do have such a love/hate relationship, I thought sewing 26 bags might be pushing it! So, I bought 2m of white felt, a couple packs of variety buttons and the rest of the stuff is out of my crafting supplies. Each envelope is 300mm x190mm, that is about where the continuity ends. Initially I thought I would use a button to repressed each letter apple for a, bee for b etc. but I soon came to my senses and dropped that idea. I sewed each pouch, one at a time and picked the thread/button/decoration depending on my whim at the time. I admit some are a little wonky due to a wee bit too much wine! The letters are iron on felt done in the same Montessori felt as the sandpaper letters.
It took me about 4 weeks to get them all done but I quite enjoyed them, I haven't done any hand sewing for ages.
I have put up a couple of pics on here but you can se the whole lot and what is inside on Flickr here.
I need some inspiration for letters n, i, q, u, v, y and z. If anyone has any ideas please let me know.
I got some of the little objects from swaps set up by Meg on Montessori By Hand or from friends and family plus a box that I bought 2nd hand. Some are crappy plastic things that I would like to replace, if there is anyone else making these bags that is interested in doing a swap, let me know.


  1. Omigod, these are adorable. I LOVE them and am totally inspired to start making some once I'm done with the crazy onslaught of summer birthdays I'm making gifts for every night. I will think about the letters you mentioned and may contact you about a swap later. Lovely work.

  2. I love your work. I'm inspired by their origionality and that they are not plastic. Neat. Thanks for sharing!

  3. These are absolutely AWESOME! Makes me want to go and start making a set today!! What is the size? They look about 4"?


  4. I cut the felt 19cm wide by 33cm long. Folded the bottom up to make the pocket part, so that the pocket is 12cm deep and then the flap I just cut freehand so that they are all a little different.

  5. What a great way to introduce language to toddlers! It looks so attractive and inviting.
    Thanks for sharing!

  6. I know you posted this ages ago, but I just wanted to say that these are awesome.

    Thanks for sharing!


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