These small hand-sewn pockets can hold tissues, photos, or any other miniature items your loved one may have.
This is a simple craft with very few materials needed. This craft can be made by an older adult who enjoys crafts with a small amount of hand-sewing.
- felt (many colorful felt pieces can be purchased at craft stores)
- embroidery floss (a color that will compliment the color of your felt)
- embellishments (optional)
- pinking shears
- large-eyed needle
- Measure your felt out, any size you wish your pocket to be. The sock monkey pocket above measured: front piece 3″x 4″ and the back piece 4″ x 4″. The pink and white pocket measured: front piece 3″ x 5″ and the back 4″ x 5″.
- Using pinking shears for a decorative edge, cut out the pieces of the pocket.
- Place wrong sides together with the larger one being in the back (like an envelope). Using 6 strands of embroidery floss, sew the sides and bottom together, leaving an opening at the top.
- Sew on any embellishments you wish to add.
- If you wish to close your pocket fold down the flap and sew on a button to the front of the pocket and cutting an opening (buttonhole) for the button on the flap.
- Add tissues, small-sized pictures, stamps, kids pencil erasers, or any other small objects you can find to fit in your pocket.
Tips for older persons:
- Your older family member or friend can make one for herself or make some as gifts. This might be a great gift for a child to keep small items in. For a sick child, tuck tissues in a pocket, and give as a get well gift.
- There are several great felt pieces for children such as dinosaurs, owls, or monkeys that might appeal to kids.
- If your loved one has trouble with measuring or cutting, you may wish to help with the preparation materials.
- Tuck wallet-sized school pictures of grandchildren into a pocket for your loved one. Write on the back the name, year, and age. Especially great for a family member who lives in long term care.