I keep several of these types of pouches in my purse to keep my organized, one holds my tech stuff like my battery pack, charge cord and head phones and another is what I call my refresh kit. It keeps all the little things that can help me ready to go again if I have been out and about. I have used it when I forgot it was picture day for my daughter, when I suddenly have a meeting come up or I am meeting someone for lunch after running errands. It is a small pouch that fits everything I need, I have included what is in my pouch below, add or take away to make it your own.
These pouches are also so fun to make for friends, who doesn’t want a little pouch filled with purse goodies I love filling it with my favorite goodies including Extra Gum, Give Extra, Get Extra.
You will need:
- Pouches (I picked these up at a craft store)
- Gold Glitter Vinyl
- Gold Foil
- a way to cut the vinyl and foil
- transfer tape
- items for the pouches (list below)
. To make these bags, head over to the Explore site and select the great big blue, Create a New Project button. For the images on my bags, I did a image shirt for flower silhouettes and glasses silhouettes. I found ones that I thought would work well. Upload your designs to Cricut Design Space by selecting the upload image button. Your image should be pretty simple so select the simple image button. Make sure only the part of the image you want to use is selected, no white space. I found a Hibiscus for one bag and three different kinds of glasses for the other.
After you cut the foil or glitter vinyl, weed off the excess around the images. I cut the Hibiscus from the gold foil and it was harder to weed than a typical vinyl would be. I would recommend cutting on a heat transfer or other setting instead of vinyl to get cleaner cuts. The glitter vinyl weeded like a dream and I think it is going to become one of my new favorite things to cut!
After you weed out your image, place a piece of transfer tape over the top of it. Using the edge of a scraper or credit card, smooth the transfer tape over the design until it pulls up from the backing. Lay the design down on your bag and then use the credit card to smooth it down again.
You don’t necessarily need transfer tape if you have a simple design, I used it for the hibiscus but for the glasses I just peeled them off the backing and stuck them on the bag.
What I keep in my kit:
- Extra Gum
- A compact hair brush with mirror
- adhesive bandages
- a nail file
- small finger nail clippers
- hair ties
- bobby pins
- safety pins
- a needle and thread
I have used this little trick for years and I LOVE it. Keep a magnet strip in your refresh kit and attached a needle, bobby pins and safety pins to it. It hold everything without them going everywhere and it lays pretty flat so it doesn’t take up space.
You can make your refresh kit as big or as small as you need it to be for just about any size purse. I have two little ones and I am a working mom, so I have found most of these items to be essential. Hand sanitizer, tissues and adhesive bandages for the playground, a brush, Extra® Gum and lip gloss to make myself presentable in a flash if a business opportunity comes up.
I love to carry the new Extra® 35-stick pack in my refresh kit, my kids are always raiding my purse for gum, so I love these packs because they have more gum I don’t have to worry about replacing them every week.
They are easy to find in the Walmart checkout line and they feature durable but recyclable packaging. I personally like the Extra® Gum Spearmint.
What would you include in your pouch besides Extra® Gum?