Embroidered Patch Pouch

July 10, 2014

07.10.14_IA_Pouch-MERGEDP.S.- I made this… is proud to announce our partnership with the innovative organization Indego Africa, an amazing social enterprise that empowers and employs women artisans in Rwanda. The first in our series of DIY projects using the colorful iron-on patches designed by Erica and produced by the talented women of the IBABA cooperative, this Embroidered Patch Pouch applies an African-inspired design and ribbon to a bright leather pouch to create a stylish, personalized piece with a purpose.

Sold in sets of two, P.S.-I made this… with Indego Africa limited edition patches are available on indegoafrica.org. The profits of your purchase go directly back to the cooperatives. Join in on our “Colorful Mission for Good” and learn more by watching the video and checking out our behind the scenes coverage!

To create: Cut two pieces of grosgrain ribbon long enough to wrap around both sides of the leather pouch. P.S. – we used a 1/4″ light pink and a 5/8″ magenta. Use a foam brush to apply an even coat of leather glue to the ribbons. For a more precise look, mark the center of the pouch with a ruler and chalk. Carefully place the ribbons one at a time on the center of the pouch and press down gently to secure. Trim any excess ribbon off with scissorsIron on your self-adhesive heat set P.S. x Indego Africa patch at the center on the highest cotton setting. To prevent burning, place a cloth or fabric swatch between the iron and surface of the patch.

*Watercolor illustrations by Martha Napier of Marnani Design Studio www.marnani.com
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