This is a project I did with some kids who visit a local Nursing Home. They get the benefit of enjoying 'adopted' Grandparents while learning to respect adults and develop loving relationships and how to give of themselves unselfishly. The Seniors get the benefit of having visitors where most of them get none and have the pleasure of sharing stories and wisdom with the kids.

The children involved in this project ranged from ages 8 - 12 and while the instructable may contain information that many of us who sew already know it is there for the benefit of children who may want to try this project for their folks and grandparents or just a lonely friend in need of a visit.

This makes a great Birthday, Christmas or 'I just wanted to say I love you' gift that is both functional and handy for anyone and is only limited by the imagination.

While this instructable contains a lot of steps it has no complicated steps. It teaches how to follow a line on the machine plate, how to follow a creased line with the needle, how to make your own bias tape, turning a good corner, how to use an iron, how to use interfacing and working with various types and thicknesses of fabric

Step 1: Materials and Equipment

You will need:
1 piece of fabric cut 10 X 13 inches
1 piece of alternate pattern or plain fabric cut 6 X 13 inches
1 piece of Felt cut 24 X 13 inches
Coordinating Thread to match all three fabrics
Straight pins

Sewing Machine
Iron and Ironing Board

Optional Equipment:
Rotary Mat and cutter

Optional Materials depending on your level of skill and how sturdy or decorative you want your project to be:

*70 inches of patterned Fabric above cut into 2 inch strips (you may need to cut several pieces) to add a decorative border and help keep the projects shape.
*2 pieces of felt to line pockets for protecting things like eyeglasses from getting scratched)
*2 pieces of light weight, iron on fusible interfacing cut to match Felt pocket linings, to prevent bunching between fabric and felt..
*2 pieces of Stitch Witchery cut 13 inches long to make upper edges of the pockets more sturdy.
  • Decorative buttons ribbons and trims, etc.
Cute, love the bows. And you iron is really awesome... haha
Exactly, its like.... portable!!!
I need one of these!!!! Neat idea!
This is a perfect solution for me and losing things!! Great idea Deb!
I need this cuz of being in the l.r. on my laptop all the time!
I could use one of these out in my garage, but not in pink. Do you think it would be ok, to make one from a pair of my old blue jeans?
Sure thing, any sturdy fabric will work
Pretty nifty idea thanks.
Thanks Donald
Looks like this would be a lot of fun to make and very useful as well.
We had a good time doing these, they are very easy.
You sure like pink, I would like one in blue.
Get with me after the cotest JohnMac and we will see what we can do
What a nice gift for adoptive grandparents in care facilities. I can use one just to keep all my stuff together, too.
They sure are handy Beth. The little Grannies like keeping thier knitting, crochet and embroidery in them because they can csrry it anywhere they go and keep it all together.
Beautiful Deb, you are a pro! Cman
Awww thanks CMan that means a lot coming from you
Great idea. Practical and pretty, and super project for kids
Thanks Lynn, I appreciate you
Another great one Deb! Five in a row, have you been saving up?
Oh yeah Depot I was ready for this contest, keep your fingers crossed for me.

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