Hand-Sewn Pocket Craft


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.

hand-sewn pocket with photos and handkerchief

Materials Needed:

  • 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)
  • ruler
  • pinking shears
  • pins
  • large-eyed needle


  1. 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″.
  2. Using pinking shears for a decorative edge, cut out the pieces of the pocket.
  3. 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.
  4. Sew on any embellishments you wish to add.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

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