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Recycled Fleece Project: A Travel Pouch for Beading

Updated on July 15, 2014

Make a "Go Pouch" for Your Compact Beading Projects

I call it my "go pouch" or "go bag." This recycled fleece project doubles as a bead mat while I'm beading. Then when I'm on the go, I just scoop it up, tie it off, and hit the road.

I love beading projects, but I hate putting away my supplies every time I want to move. Sometimes, I want to do beadwork in front of the television. Other times, I want to take in a local outdoor concert at a nearby farmers market or the community park while keeping my hands busy doing something I enjoy.

Wherever I go, I want my project(s) to go with me, so I created my own bead mat and go pouch out of recycled fleece and I'm going to share with you the "Secret of Portable Beading." So, get out there - anywhere - and bead!

All photos and designs on this page are my own.

From Torn Fleece Bag to Go Bag

We had an old fleece sleeping bag that was left out one day and the dog chewed into it. The holes on the end made it unusable for the purposes of sleeping in the great outdoors, but most of the fleecy goodness was still in decent shape. I couldn't bring myself to throw it away.

Around that same time, I had started making large quantities of flat peyote stitch bracelets and rings for my craft business. My projects got interrupted frequently. I didn't want to have put everything completely away and couldn't leave it out for fear the cat would come and make a mess of my work. So I needed an easy way to button it up and still have it easily accessible the next time I had a few minutes to pick it up.

Inspiration... the Go Pouch! Here's what you'll need to make your own:

* Fleece (or felt or felted wool)

* A pizza cardboard (or other large round object like a 5-gallon bucket)

* A permanent marker

* Scissors

* 10 grommets

* Grommet pliers

* Yarn (you don't need much, so a scrap ball of yarn is fine)

* A darning or tapestry needle

* 2 wooden beads (or 2 buttons with large enough holes for yarn to pass through)

Tools for Creating Your Go Pouch - on Amazon

Chibi Straight Darning Tapestry Needles in Case
Chibi Straight Darning Tapestry Needles in Case

I love having a good set of darning/tapestry needles on hand. I use them on a wide variety of projects and having a neat little case like this makes them easy to recognize when I'm searching for them.

 
Fiskars Recycled 8 Inch Straight Scissors
Fiskars Recycled 8 Inch Straight Scissors

Fiskars is my go-to brand for scissors. They're reliably sharp, tough, and ready for any project.

 

Quick and Easy Go Pouch Instructions

Photo instructions are also available below.

  1. Trace your round object on a piece of fleece. I used a 12-inch pizza cardboard, but look around your house for the diameter you want for your project - pan lids, buckets, pots, etc. Use the fabric pencil to trace a line around the object. Then cut out your circle. (Note: If you don't have a fabric pencil, use a permanent marker and cut on the inside of your drawn line.)
  2. Do a simple blanket stitch around the outer edge. Cut a length of yarn about 3 times the distance around your fleece circle and thread it through your needle. If you don't know how to do a blanket stitch, watch the short video below or click here to see it.
  3. Set your grommets. Use a fabric pencil to mark where you will set your grommets. Make a ring of dots about 1 inch from the edge of your Go Pouch and about 2 inches apart, making sure you have an even number of dots (this will be important when you add your drawstring later). Cut tiny slits in the fabric at each dot and fit your grommets through the slits, setting them with your grommeting pliers as you go. There is another short video of how to use a grommeting pliers below. If you do not choose to use grommets, you may consider just cutting the slits. In that case, I suggest a buttonhole stitch, which is basically a tighter version of the blanket stitch, for reinforcement.
  4. String your yarn through the grommets to create a drawstring for the Go Pouch. Run your yarn up through one grommet and down through the next all the way around the circle, making sure that both ends come out on the outside of the pouch. String both ends through the first wooden bead. Then knot the ends together through the second bead, which serves a a stopper so the first one stays on and helps secure the end when you are wrapping up a project. (Note: These same instructions apply if you want to use 2-hole buttons instead of wooden beads).
  5. Your Go Pouch is complete. To close it up, simply wrap your project inside, pull the drawstring tight and push the first wooden bead close to the fabric. Then wrap the end around until you can tuck the second wooden bead into the previous wrappings.

Photo Instructions for Making the Go Pouch

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Blanket stitch around the outer edge of the felt. Add grommets and lace yarn through the holes.String both beads onto the yarn strands. Knot the outer bead in place.When you want to take your project on the go, draw the yarn tight, sliding the bead down to the felt. Wrap the yarn around the neck of the go pouch and tuck the stop bead into the previously wrapped yarn. When you're ready to work on your project, ju
Blanket stitch around the outer edge of the felt. Add grommets and lace yarn through the holes.
Blanket stitch around the outer edge of the felt. Add grommets and lace yarn through the holes.
String both beads onto the yarn strands. Knot the outer bead in place.
String both beads onto the yarn strands. Knot the outer bead in place.
When you want to take your project on the go, draw the yarn tight, sliding the bead down to the felt. Wrap the yarn around the neck of the go pouch and tuck the stop bead into the previously wrapped yarn. When you're ready to work on your project, ju
When you want to take your project on the go, draw the yarn tight, sliding the bead down to the felt. Wrap the yarn around the neck of the go pouch and tuck the stop bead into the previously wrapped yarn. When you're ready to work on your project, ju

How to Do a Blanket Stitch

The tutorial shows how to use a blanket stitch to sew two pieces of fabric together. However, the stitch is the same as you would use to add a finished edge to the single layer of your Go Pouch.

Portable Bead Mats on Amazon - In case you don't feel like making your own...

Beadalon; Bead Cover and Board
Beadalon; Bead Cover and Board

This bead board with cover is highly rated on Amazon. Reviewers commented that the cover is strong and made of durable materials and that the straps and storage built into the product are handy. I like it because you have extra room for beads, tools, and more in addition to keeping your design intact until you want to look at it again. This isn't quite as portable as my go pouch, but for my portable design needs, this is the board I would get!

 
Bead Buddy Design Save and Go Portable Beading Kit - Beading Project Organizer - Dimensions 16 Inches by 12 Inches by 1 Inch
Bead Buddy Design Save and Go Portable Beading Kit - Beading Project Organizer - Dimensions 16 Inches by 12 Inches by 1 Inch

The Bead Buddy Design Save 'N Go Case has a design tray with room for your tools and more beads. It also has a cover that you can put down over your project for taking it on the go. This is a good pre-made project travel case!

 

How to Use a Grommet Pliers

For fabric, I recommend cutting a small slit and fitting the grommet through the slit first, rather than trying to use the pliers and grommet to cut the hole as it does in this video. Then, use the pliers to set the grommet.

Variations on the Go Pouch

  • If you like to sew, this is an easy project for leftover flannel, cotton, or other fabric that needs hemming.
  • Use a different type of cord (rather than yarn) for a sturdier or a decorative drawstring. Mine has held up for years, but I'll probably have to restring it soon.
  • Use buttons instead of wooden beads. Same instructions apply. You'll just have two holes instead of one.
  • Vary the size of your go bag for different sizes of projects.

More Craft Projects for Reusing Your Fleece

We've all seen no-sew fleece projects like blankets, pillows, scarves and hats. The internet is loaded with them, because we love them so much. Here are a few no-sew projects that were different enough to catch my eye. I'll be adding to the list as I see more and more. Enjoy!

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Beading On the Go?

Whether you're beading at home or on the go, your Go Pouch will be handy, inexpensive to make, and oh so easy to use. I hope you enjoy it and experiment with the right material for you. While I found the fleece to occasionally catch on the end of my needle, I was able to get used to it and hardly had any trouble with it after that.

As you can see, my Go Pouch is well used and continues to be whenever I choose to take my projects on the road with me. I love the freedom and flexibility it gives me and I hope you do too.

Link Party Connections

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Monograms, fun colors, specialty beads or buttons? How would you make it your own?

Where do you like to work on your beading or other craft projects? - Please share your feedback about this page.

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    • Magda2012 profile image

      Magda2012 

      5 years ago

      The pouch is great. Smart idea.

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      JoshK47 

      6 years ago

      What a wonderful project idea - thanks for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      laniparis 

      6 years ago

      A great idea. Great lens too :)

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      Michelle 

      6 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

      Very nicely done Rocket Squid lens. Great job!

    • ItayaLightbourne profile image

      Itaya Lightbourne 

      6 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Very unique and great idea! I too hate to have to scramble to gather up my craft tools when working on small projects and this would take care of that. If you haven't already, an article on making designs out of the peyote stitch would be great! Blessings. :)

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      Nicole Pellegrini 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      Fabulous idea and great lens! As a beader myself I understand your pain about being able to pack up and go with your projects. I too like to bead while watching tv so it's something to keep my hands busy.

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      intermarks 

      6 years ago

      Work on beading need a lot of patience

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      intermarks 

      6 years ago

      Work on beading need a lot of patience

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      While I am watching TV.

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