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Friday, September 21, 2012


Happy Friday, everyone!!!  Hope all's well in blogland!

Being so caught up in my kitchen-remodel, I'd actually forgotten until last night that it's my turn as DT designer over at Pam's today.  But first let me give you an update on the remodel -- THE WORK BEGINS TODAY!!!   We finally purchased everything needed, cleared out the kitchen, and now the real work starts!!!  YEAH!!!  I've survived so far although it hasn't been easy -- and it ain't over yet!!!  LOL!  Soon now I'll have before and after pictures to post for you to see.

Realizing at the last minute I had to have a project today, I had to come up with something really fast and easy, so I decided on a little ribbon pocket to hold a bar of soap. This one came out so cute I think I'm going to make a bunch of these to have around for unexpected Christmas presents.  Here are pictures of the pocket closed and open:

The ribbon I used for this project was 4 inches wide (to accommodate the soap bar).  I purchased it at Cosco's and it's a wired ribbon.  It is a beige and creme color ribbon with a suede texture, and the back side is like a gold satin -- very pretty.  I embellished it with a satin leaf, creme bow, flowers, accented around the edges of the pocket with bling mesh, and I added a polymer clay cherubs embellie that I molded some time ago and found in my stash to add to the cover-flap.  I painted the cherubs gold, and accented it and the flowers with gold Stickles.  The pretty soap bar comes in a pack of 3 and  I purchased them from a Tuesday Morning store -- they smell marvelous!

This pocket is certainly nothing new, is very simple, and probably doesn't require a tutorial but I'm going to explain and show you how I did it anyway -- just in case!

Without cutting the ribbon, I started by measuring out enough ribbon from the spool to cover the soap forming a pocket , leaving about a 1/4" allowance to fold a hem into the bottom; this will hide the raw edge opening of the pocket when folded over to encase the soap bar.  Pictures below are side and top views of pocket fold:

 Next I measured and cut off enough ribbon from the spool  to form the cover-flap, this time leaving a 1/2" allowance to fold 1/4th inch and double-fold another 1/4th inch to form a hem -- again to hide the raw edge.  Here are pictures of the first and then double fold:

Last, I hot glued down the hem folds and the side-edge folds forming the pockets, and cleaned up the pocket by cutting away any loose glue and/or ribbon strings:
NOTE: I do not remove the wire from this ribbon as it helps to maintain closure of the top flap; however, you can remove the wire and use your own desire closure.
Now how easy is that!!!

I hope my little project inspires you to do quick presents when needed too!  It can be sized to fit and hold any size gift as long as the ribbon is long and/or wide enough.  I'm also going to do several of these to hold hand sanitizers too!  We all need them, right?

Well, gotta run -- still really busy (and watchful!  The workers are still strangers in my home).  But thanks so much for stopping by and, I hope to get around to visiting with you all soon!

Love ya, and I'll be seeing you!


Dr Sonia S V said...

WOW Audrey only you could dress up a soap so glamorously!! YOu should be in the fashion industry!!

Ana Márquez said...

Oh, what a lovely piece, dear! I love it! :-) Thanks for sharing with us, friend. Kisses and hugs!

Monique Barr said...

Wow, I just love this and you

Myrna said...

What a darling little soap pocket. Great tutorial as well.
Glad to hear the reno is under way. You are going to love it when it is done. Hang in there girl!!!

Scrappin Sista said...

This is soooooo pretty!!! Love it!!

lisa808 said...

So pretty. Thanks for sharing the ribbon idea.

Pam said...

Oh this is so so elegant. The shimmering whites. I feel transported to fairyland!. TFS

Rhonda Emery said...

very beautiful my friend

Karons Krafty Korner said...

Beautiful Audrey:-)

Dawn's Craft Place said...

Hello my friend!
I am so glad to see you posting. I love the idea of dressing up gift soaps...what a fun idea.
Your always so creative sweetie.
Hopefully your taking care

Anonymous said...

Very pretty, so elegant,everyone will love them.

Good luck on the remodeling, enjoy your weekend.

Hugs, Lori m

Lisa said...

What a beautiful pocket. Love the feminine look of it and what a lovely way to hold soap. :)

Susie Craft Happy! said...

Another stunning project Audrey! This is such a neat gift idea.


Vals Soaps And More From Home said...

Thanks Audrey! I make my own soap and I am always looking for ways to wrap it when giving them as a gift. This is a wonderful & fast idea! I also sell my soaps so this gives me an idea for packaging as well! Thx again! Valerie

DIANA L. said...

Very pretty.
Have a great weekend my friend

Sandy Ang said...

so charming and elegant

Kate (Small Bits of Paper) said...

WOW!! This is gorgeous, Audrey!! The bag is a gift in and of itself!! I'm blown away!!
Best of luck with the remodel! It'll be a pain while you're going through it - but so worth it in the end!!

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Stunning Audrey. Too pretty to hold soap. Love, love, love it.

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Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Simply gorgeous ......

Nicole said...

Simply Gorgeous!

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Oh i have been thinking of you the last few days, so excited for you that the work is finally going to start... i can't wait to see the pictures. Hang in there my sweet friend, think how beautiful your kitchen is going to be. AND what an adorable gift.. it will certainly bring a smile to someone's face.. AND it does look like it might be a quick gift to make and have when you need that "special" quick little gift. hugs

lovemypaper said...

Wow so very cute!

Beebeebabs said...

Hi Audrey long time no see. Love love love your project - you did a great job as always thanks for sharing!!!

Cricut Couple said...

Just Stunning my friend! I have a stitch file that I purchased the other day that I am going to have to remember to e-mail to you! It's a little purse type of thing that is kind of "Sewn in the Hoop" design. It would be perfect to go with the soaps that you do! This is gorgeous!!!

Debbie said...

Gorgeous Audrey! Love the beautiful ribbon! Good luck with the kitchen redo!

stacey gibbon said...

Love this idea. might have to try this idea for christmas for presents for the parish at church. Thanks for the idea

:) hope all is well friend!

Stephanie said...

This is gorgeous. I think your packaging is a gift in itself.

The Archiving Angel said...

I so love this.
Great job my friend.

- - Sheryl - - said...

Audrey this is beautiful!!!!

Lisa said...

Wow, Audrey, this is so gorgeous and creative!! I love the beautiful design and the ribbon is just stunning!! Amazing as always my friend!! I just returned from vacation and couldn't wait to come see the projects I missed while I was gone!! I hope you are doing well and are having a great weekend!!

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Sandy Ang said...

just lovely !

Anna said...

Hi, first time here at your blog! Wow, lots of great "stuff"! I make soap and was looking for a really nice way to wrap a single bar for Christmas presents this year, and I found it! Yea. I totally think I can make your Soap Pocket. Thanks for posting, this ones a keeper for me!
Anna ( natureshomespa.blogspot.com if you want to stop by, I'll post a pict of your soap pocket when completed.)