Antique Pocket Mirror
Dimensions: 7cm (2 3/4″)diameter
Materials And Tools:
to make 1
1. Compact Pocket Mirror Case with plastic plate, 1
2. Needlepoint craft or fabric of your choice
3. Batting or thick soft felt
4. Sewing Needles, preferably long needle
5. Strong thread
6. Selleys Epoxy Adhesive or equivalent
7. White PVA Glue or Mod Podge
8. Rubber bands
9. Glue applicator, I used toothpicks
10. Round template, 2 1/2″ internal circle, 3 1/3″ external circle
Heat Transfer Felt Decal Option
12. Heat Transfer Felt Decal of your choice (the pattern should be smaller or equal to 1 1/2″ diameter)
14. Stash fabric (for ironing)
Needlepoint Craftwork Option
12. Needlepoint Craftwork of your choice (the pattern should be smaller or equal to 1 1/2″ diameter)
13. Lightweight fusible interfacing
15. Stash fabric (for ironing)
Gather all the materials and tools needed for this craft.
This tutorial is demo with heat transfer felt decal, you may skip the first part if you are not using decal.
If you are using needlepoint craftwork on Aida fabric or lower thread count (looser weave) fabric, attach a layer of fusible interfacing on the wrong side of the craftwork to strengthen the fabric.
Place the Heat Transfer Felt Decal on the fabric, with right side facing down.
Heat up your iron to medium heat (dry and no steam) or as stated in the iron-on material instruction.
Cover the decal with stash fabric.
Press with medium pressure the iron to adhere the decal for 20 seconds. Make sure to press the iron on the entire decal.
Leave the decal as it is until it is cool to touch, peel off the decal backing.
Cover the decal with stash fabric and press with iron again to further enhance the adhesion.
Trace the round template on batting and the main fabric; small circle on batting, bigger circle on fabric.
Cut them out.
Apply craft glue on the plastic plate and glue the batting on it.
Sew running stitch along the edge of the round fabric, pull the thread to curl up the fabric.
Place the plastic plate into it, pull the thread further and gather the fabric onto the plate snugly.
Turn to the front and adjust the position if needed. Knot the thread.
Sew another round of running stitch next to the first round, pull the thread tight to further tighten the fabric to the plate.
Knot the thread securely.
The beautifully decorated plastic plate is now ready to be glued on the pocket mirror case.
Mix the 2-part epoxy glue as instructed in the instruction section of the package.
Since the glue is a quick-dry type, mix a small portion that is enough for 1 mirror.
Apply the glue on the edge of the plate.
Apply the glue on the edge of the pocket mirror.
Place the plate to the mirror, position it nicely, hold it for at least 30 second or until it is secured.
Tight the mirror with rubber bands and set aside for overnight.
A beautiful Antique Pocket Mirror is done and you may use it anytime when you need to touch up your make-up.
For a more intricate design, you may cross stitch a small pattern for the pocket mirror. If your favorite cross stitch pattern is too big for the pocket mirror, use higher thread count of Aida fabric to scale down the size so that they fit into 2 1/2″ diameter. My sister cross-stitch them for me and I really like them a lot.