Sunday, 8 February 2015

Tutorial - Sweet Wrapper Textiles

As I am not here this weekend (I'm up in Manchester for a girlie weekend and a visit to the Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts show) I thought I would share this Sweet Wrapper Textile tutorial that I promised you recently, which I prepared earlier!! (In true Blue Peter style!)

Last week I shared a picture of a needle case and a case for my glasses that I had made from sweet wrappers.  I was asked if I could share how I made these and also was asked by a friend if I could make a needle case for her.

Sweet Wrapper Needle Case Tutorial

To make this you will need ...

a piece of felt/velvet, sweet wrappers, bondaweb, coloured thread 
and a piece of sheer fabric the same size as the felt/velvet

Place the bondaweb, rough side down, paper side up, on top of your felt/velvet

Using a hot iron and protecting your ironing board from the sticky stuff iron over the bondaweb to glue into place

Peel the paper away leaving the glue attached to the felt/velvet

Lay the sweet wrappers on top of the glued fabric in any 
design you like, it doesn't even matter if you leave a few gaps

When you have completely covered the fabric in sweet wrappers
carefully lay the sheer fabric over the top

Place a sheet of baking parchment or other non stick paper over the sheer fabric and iron to secure the sweet wrappers.  The sheer fabric will stick in a few places which will help to keep it in place when you start stitching

Now you can start free machining the sheer fabric, sweet wrapper and felt/velvet layers together

Here you can see how the stitching looks both on
the front and on the reverse

It's at this stage you need to think about what you want on the inside.  My friend asked for a couple of  pockets to keep threads in and a couple of 'pages' for needles. After stitching these in place you are then ready for the fun bit

Using a heat gun carefully melt back the sheer fabric.  It will only burn back as far as the nearest stitching.  You can see this beginning to happen in the top half of the picture above.

Here is the completed piece of sweet wrapper 'fabric'

To finish off the edges I chose to zig zag over two strands of a bright orange cord. Measure around the edge of the fabric allowing for a loop to use as a fastening later  and double the measurement

Zig zag around the edge being sure to go over the cord whilst securing
it to the fabric - et voila!

Add a bright button and you have completed
the Sweet Wrapper Needle Case.

Have fun!

See you over on Handmade Monday


  1. Oh how fabulous thanks for the tutorial. I wish I'd known you were coming to the stitch show I could have met you for coffee. Hope it was a good show. I couldn't be bothered going on my own maybe next time.

  2. What a great tutorial, I'm not sure I'd be brave enough to try but it certainly makes a unique fabric.

  3. This is really clever, it's amazing how unlike sweet wrappers they look when they are part of the fabric :)

  4. This is such a fab technique and perfect for a chocolate lover! Love how you finished off the edges too. Thanks for the tutorial. Xx

  5. Oh I have got to try that. The bit that worries me most is the free machine embroidery, as I have not has much success with that.

  6. This looks amazing, I don't think I'd be brave enough to give it a try........ although I would need to buy lots of sweets :)
    Jan x

  7. I love this, thanks so much for sharing how you have made it - I just need to eat some sweets now!!! Pinned for later:)

  8. I always think it is a shame to throw away the pretty sweet wappers. What a ingenious way to use them, will have to try that some time.

  9. Ooh I'd love to try this - first I'd have to buy the sweets and possibly experiment with different types(!) Only thing I am note sure about is a heat gun -is this a special tool or would any heat do?

  10. Very effective and so colourful, hope you enjoyed your weekend

  11. This is very clever, and a great tutorial thank you for sharing! I hope you enjoyed your weekend it sounds like fun. :) xx

  12. This is such a fun idea and really well explained too, thank you! I hope you had a lovely weekend :) x

  13. This looks wonderful. My daughter would love a sweet wrapper purse. Can I just check. I have a heat gun for removing paint. Is that what you used or is it a craft heat gun? Hope you had a lovely time in Manchester.
    Ali xx

  14. omg i have to try this! thanks for the tutorial :D x


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