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I absolutely cannot make a trip to the Mainland without stocking up at a major craft store! On a Hobby Lobby run last year I picked up a lot of burlap roses (they were on sale, how could I resist?), and today I’m finally putting them to use! This simple embellished zip pouch tutorial features these cute roses, and there’s no sewing involved. Learn how to spruce up a makeup bag, pencil pouch, or purse with a few simple tricks and the right glue!
Over the years I’ve tried several different fabric adhesives and, honestly, none of them can compare to Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue. If you’re not familiar, it’s basically an excellent version of your standard white glue. It’s fairly thick, has a great initial tack, and holds just about everything I’ve ever tried it on. I’ve hard much better results using it with fabric than I have with adhesives marketed as fabric glue!
Materials needed for a simple embellished zip pouch with burlap roses
- Small burlap roses (or fabric flowers of your choice)
- A canvas or cotton zipper pouch, purse, bag, or tote. These zip pouches are slightly different from what I got at Hobby Lobby, but they’re about the same size.
- Original Tacky Glue
- A piece of plastic, plastic wrap, the packaging your flowers came in, or something else you can use as a barrier inside your zip pouch
To make your embellished zippered bag:
First, “dry fit” your flowers on your bag to make sure you know where you want them. It’s better to get spacing and positioning figured out before you start gluing!
Put your piece of paper, plastic wrap, or packaging inside the bag, making sure it goes all the way to the bottom. This will keep the two layers from gluing themselves together.
Add a dollop of glue to the back of a rose (I recommend a pea-sized amount for smaller roses, more for larger ones). Press it firmly in place and hold for a 5-10 count to ensure a solid hold.
Glue remaining roses in place, wait until glue is fully dry (usually a few hours), and enjoy!
You can use this same technique on other canvas blanks, too – tote bags, purses, and even aprons! What type of blank would you like to jazz up?
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Natasha is a former classroom teacher turned WAHM. She also is a registered yoga teacher and certified life coach. She shares her passion for education with craft tutorials and free printables. She also shares her experience moving through grief after losing a parent and passion for positive parenting. Learn more about Natasha and where she’s been featured.