Craft with Racaire – Project #2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial

Craft with Racaire - Project 2 - fast and easy pouch tutorial

The final result of my second project for
Craft with Racaire” – Fast and easy pouch tutorial

Welcome to my fast and easy pouch tutorial. This detailed step by step tutorial shows how I make my hand sewn fast and easy pouch by using several medieval techniques.

The fast and easy pouch tutorial includes special practical information concerning hand sewing techniques as well as a step by step photo tutorial for tassels.

Following you will find a short list of all detailed step by step photo tutorials and in-depth postings for this hand sewn fast and easy pouch tutorial available for the Premium users of my blog. Enjoy! 😀

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“Craft with Racaire” – Project #2 – Fast and easy pouch:

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Craft with Racaire – Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial – Step 4.1 – Pouch drawstring & how to attach a tassel to the drawstring :D

Craft with Racaire – Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial – Tassels & pouch drawstringI am very excited! After all the detailed photo tutorials for this project, we finally reached the very last step of the fast and easy pouch tutorial.

…and yes, also this posting is again about tassels. They are (and will always be) one of my favorite medieval embellishments – especially when it comes to embroidered pouches. 😀

How I made the tassels for the bottom of the pouch was already the topic of the last posting. In the following photo tutorial you can read about the handling of the drawstrings for this pouch. In addition you will also see how I attached the tassel securely to the drawstring.

Todays motto is:
“Pouch drawstring & how to attach a tassel to the drawstring”

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Craft with Racaire – Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial – Step 4 – Tassels, Tassels, Tassels! :D

Tassels, tassels, tassels!

Craft with Racaire – Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial – TasselsYes, I know, that looks like I really like tassels.
But well, no, that’s not true.
I don’t like them – I love them! 😉

Finally, after finishing the last hand sewing stitches for the fast and easy pouch, we reached the endspurt phase of this tutorial! Today we can at long last start with what I consider the fun part – with the embellishments!

Thinking of my projects of the last years, it really seems like I am suffering from a natural weakness when it comes to fancy adornments.
I just can’t resist to produce more and more of this embroidered buttons, tassels, fringes and all this other cute and fancy adornments. But it doesn’t stop with making them, I also tend to add this adornments wherever it is possible… *lol*

 Craft with Racaire – fast and easy pouch tutorial – finished hand made tassel

Though this weakness might be difficult to endure for my family, I have to say that I can live very well with it. Just my sweetheart is suffering a little bit from it. He definitely forbid me to lay my hands on his tent.

Well, I really think that I can easily resist to paint his tent. But I am looking forward to decorate it with as many wall hangings, pillows, bead spreads,… as I am able to produce… *lol* Yes, this is a promise and a threat at the same time. 😉

Ok, enough funny personal anecdotes for today, let’s continue with the fun part of the fast and easy pouch tutorial:

Todays motto is:
“Tassels, Tassels, Tassels!”

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Craft with Racaire – Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial – Step 3.6 – Last seam finishing for the pouch :)

Craft with Racaire – Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial – Step 2.3 – Chain Stitch and how to use it for hand sewingIt took several steps but finally we are getting close to finishing the hand sewing part of the fast and easy pouch. There are just some last hand sewing stitches left and then we can start with the next part and have some fun with the “embellishments”. 😀

Just some last hand sewing stitches… *lol*
I tell you, I can already see the light at the horizon, it is already shining at the red, green and blue tassels of the pouch… 😉

Todays motto is:
“Last seam finishing for the pouch”

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Craft with Racaire – Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial – Step 3.5 – Chain Stitch & how to start a new thread

Craft with Racaire – Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial – Step 2.3 – Chain Stitch and how to use it for hand sewingWe are already very close to finish the hand sewing of the fast and easy pouch. It took several steps and detailed photo tutorials but I have great news for you: there are just two small steps concerning the hand sewing part left. 😀

The last posting was about the practical application of chain stitch as a decorative hand sewing for the top of this pouch project. But well, no sewing or embroidery thread is endless therefore:

Todays motto is:
“Chain Stitch & how to start a new thread”

Todays detailed photo tutorial is especially devoted to the readers of my blog who are new to hand sewing or hand embroidery (and the chain stitch). The following tutorial will show you how I finish the “old” thread and start the “new” thread. Furthermore it also explains what I do with the “ends” of this “old” and “new” threads and how I hide them . 🙂

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Craft with Racaire – Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial – Step 3.4 – Chain Stitch & how to use it for decorative hand sewing

Craft with Racaire – Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial – Step 2.3 – Chain Stitch and how to use it for hand sewingYesterday I showed you pictures of my finished 12th century embroidery “Saint Michael and the Dragon” and today I have again new pictures for you. Todays photo tutorial brings us one step closer to finishing another project – the fast and easy pouch. 😀

As you might remember, my last posting for the fast and easy pouch tutorial was about the technique details and the possibilities of the very basic hand embroidery technique “Chain Stitch“. The posting about the “Chain Stitch” was a detailed preparation for todays next step – the actual application of this stitch to the fast and easy pouch.

Yes, today I am going to show you how I used this basic embroidery technique – Chain Stitch – for the decorative hand sewing for my fast and easy pouch.

Todays motto is:
“Chain Stitch & how to use it for decorative hand sewing”

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Craft with Racaire – Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial – Step 3.2 – hand sewing – how to start a new thread & hide it .2 :)

Craft with Racaire – Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial – Step 3.1 – hand sewing - pinning the top :)I know, when I am having fun with an embroidery project, I tend to forget everything around me… *lol* But well, I love embroidery and I also love posting new progress pictures for you… 😀

Now, after I made some really nice progress concerning my new 12th century project “Saint Michael and the Dragon“, it is time to go back again to my second “Craft with Racaire” project: the fast and easy pouch tutorial. Wow, I have so many projects at which I am working at the moment and already so many ideas for new projects that I really should finish this one as soon as possible… 😀

In the last posting I showed you how I am pinning the top to prepare the pouch for the next step – the hand sewing. Today I show you how I start a new thread and how I hide it.

Todays motto is:
“Hand sewing – how to start a new thread & how to hide it”

Maybe you remember my first posting “step 2.2 – hand sewing – how to start a new thread and hide it“. The title of this previous posting might look similar, if not even the same at the first look, but… 

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Craft with Racaire – Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial – Step 3.1 – hand sewing – pinning the top :)

Craft with Racaire – Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial – Step 3.1 – hand sewing - pinning the top :)…and after all the recent progress photos of my new 12th century project “Saint Michael and the Dragon” lets get back again to my second “Craft with Racaire” project – the fast and easy pouch tutorial.

There is still some hand sewing to do until the pouch is finished. …and I took many step-by-step pictures for this project which I would like to share with you… 🙂

In my tutorials concerning step 1 of this project I told you about the materials you need and how I work with “rapports“. I also gave detail information about the used basic hand sewing techniques Running Stitch and Back Stitch and their use in medieval embroidery. In my last postings and tutorials for step 2 I showed you how I work the sides of the pouch. Today we proceed with step 3 and are again getting closer to finish the whole pouch and. After all the work at the side seams and the corners we start working at the top of the pouch today.

If you are looking for a specific information or tutorial step, you can find a detailed link list of my postings till now at the end of this posting.

Todays motto is:
“Hand sewing – Pinning the top!”

…and now lets start with the next step for the the fast and easy pouch tutorial – enjoy! 😀

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Craft with Racaire – Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial – Step 2.1 – hand sewing the corners

Craft with Racaire – Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial – Step 2.1 – hand sewing the cornersI know, when it comes to hand sewing, there are some parts that can be rather tricky to sew. Like the pouch corners at the bottom of your pouch. But there is really no need for despair. I have some hand sewing tricks concerning this section for you.

Todays motto is: “Hand sewing the corners” 🙂

I will show you how you can master the corners of your pouch rather easily.

…and how you can make nice pointy pouch corners for your own pouch, like shown on the picture underneath:

Craft with Racaire – Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial – Step 2.1 – hand sewing the corners

And now to the first hint concerning the second step of our second “Craft with Racaire” project: “hand sewing the corners” of our fast and easy pouch. 😀

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Craft with Racaire – Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial – Step 2 – hand sewing the sides

Craft with Racaire - Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial - Step 2 - hand sewingI know, after my recent posting about the “forgotten 14th century queen from France“, you are impatiently waiting for my other finds from my Mission “Medieval Berlin”. Well, I have indeed many beautiful things to share with you. I have new photos of lovely medieval embroidery, “bling bling”, new 14th century museum catalogues and many more other lovely medieval things I found…

…but we also have a “Craft with Racaire” project to finish. I admit it, I neglected this project a little but there was so much I wanted to post about instead. Now I am definitely determined to finish this project as soon as possible.

Especially because I already have so many new ideas for medieval inspired and medieval embroidered projects on my mind. As well as a rather long list of “projects I definitely want to do”. Like an embroidered 14th century floral head band or a new embroidered 12th century fillet or… So many museum photos, so many ideas, so many projects and just so little time… *lol*

Therefore lets start today with the next step towards the finishing, the actual hand sewing for the:

Fast and easy pouch tutorial

Craft with Racaire - Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial - Step 2 - hand sewingAs you already might have noticed, I try to provide a lot of extra information and knowledge with my tutorials. They do not only contain a basic tutorial for the actual project, they also contain a lot of extra in-depth information as well as personal thoughts about the described projects and techniques.

The first steps for this project had the purpose to help you to get started. Furthermore they provided a lot of in-depth information about the basic hand sewing stitches “Running Stitch” and “Back Stitch”. While putting together this “basic” information, I was especially thinking about which information could help if you are a newbie to hand sewing. I also tried my best to provide some interesting information for the experienced hand sewers among you.

My personal goal was that whatever level you are when it comes to hand sewing,  that you should be able to work at your hand sewing with a certain ease of knowledge after reading my in-depth postings about the “Running Stitch” and “Back Stitch”. If you would like to reread the postings before you start with the next step – the actual hand sewing – underneath you find a short list of all postings for this tutorial till now:

Step 1) Fast and easy pouch tutorial & how to work with “rapports”
This posting explains how to calculate the needed fabric for the easy pouch tutorial. I also added some extra information: “how to work with rapports” (repeating patterns).
Step 1.1) Hand sewing stitches: Running Stitch…
This posting is an in-depth description of the first and most basic hand-sewing stitch you will need for this tutorial – the Running Stitch.
Step 1.2) Hand sewing stitches: Back Stitch (and Stem Stitch)…
Another in-depth description of another basic and helpful hand-sewing stitch you will need for this technique – the Running Stitch.

…and now you should be definitely prepared to start with the hand sewing.
It is time for some “hand sewing fun”! Let’s put the “fast & easy pouch” together:

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