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Are you guilty of gifting money or checks to loved ones for birthdays and other occasions? As my children get older, it is more difficult to buy them what they want. They prefer making their own choices, which I can understand. It’s not difficult to gift something you like. A gift of cash or a check in a card feels to me a bit like a personal cop-out. I can now transfer money directly to their accounts, making it almost an event. Money pouches are a great way to personalize cash. However, the majority of the store-bought versions have the standard ‘for You’ve printed on the front. Do you know what glitter is? It’s always added glitter. We could do so much more together, I thought. Join me today as we create money pouches using the Whitewood or Linen method…

Again, I write the words “cheap treasures in your stash”, zero waste, good for our planet and our souls. These homemade paper money pouches on my craft table are made from such stuff. They are easy to make and can be interpreted in any way you like.

You will need:

  • Beautiful glossy interiors magazine. Wait to see my alternatives.
  • A house paint sample sheet – or pretty tissue box cover, with a complimentary colored card
  • Thin twine or strong embroidery thread
  • A small circle template or a circular punch
  • Brads- Referred to in our home by “you know…those pins that open up hold papers together, and look pretty.”
  • You don’t have to use a sewing machine…
  • Scalpel – or scissors
  • Straight edge or ruler
  • Cutting mat – or other tabletop protection

Instructions to make:

  • First, decide the size of your money pouch. There are no guidelines here. I used a PS20 to guide me. The top half of my page was folded over to create a fastening flap. This ensured that the money pouch would fit comfortably with a handwritten note. The page was cut accordingly. The bottom edge of the page was then folded up a corresponding ten centimeters.
  • To make the homemade money pouch more envelope-like, I cut the flaps a bit on each side. Then, I stitched the sides together with a zigzag stitch. If you don’t own a sewing machine, craft glue or glue sticks can be used here.
  • Next, make the buttons out of paper. To cut the complementary color I had drawn from my chart, I used my circular punch to make the holes. Next, determine the center (ish) of the button. I made a small hole using Mr. M’s thinnest screw. The brad was then pushed through the hole to create a decorative center for my paper button. You will need to repeat this process for two more paper buttons.
  • To secure the buttons, open the brads. Make a mark on the money pouch to mark the location of each button. Next, carefully push the brad through this mark.
  • Wrap a length of twine around one paper button, and tie it with a double knot. Wrap the twine around one of the buttons to attach your gift. Your thread may have dingle dangles as well. You can secure them with a few stitches if you prefer lightweight buttons.
  • You don’t have to use these homemade money pouches only for money. Your journal could have different designs and sizes. You can also keep a few in your craft room to store any ephemera that you may need for your projects, as I will be. Handmade money pouches do not have to be made from glossy pages.
  • It might be appreciated by a friend who is traveling and would appreciate a map-inspired one. I made buttons of different sizes using card stock and a beautiful used tissue box.
  • A housewarming gift can be given in a paper money pouch made from old wallpaper samples.

Imagine the possibilities for children, christenings, marriages, anniversaries, avid readers, gardeners, and gardeners. We could all be here for a while. This idea sounds good to you?

 

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