Step 8: Add the velcro

Velcro on the outside pockets makes them secure enough to hold your tech.

Cut four velcro strips (two pieces of hook side and two pieces of loop side) about 1.5 inches by 1/3 inches. I used this long skinny size because it closed off more of the pocket opening, and because it fit perfectly behind the top pocket seam, meaning I didn't have to show any of my stitches through onto the front of the pocket where the velcro attaches - I can put all my stitches on the backside of that seam (picture two).

Thread a handsewing needle with some thread (preferably matching the velcro or the denim) and attach the velcro however you wish. Put lots of stitches in to make sure the velcro can hold on through the stress of hundreds of rippings apart. I took my first stitch through the denim to anchor the knot, then used small whipstitches.

After you attach one velcro strip, do your best to line up it's mate, pin it in place and sew it on. Do the same with the other pocket and...
<p>i can not downlond it let me know right now</p>
<p>I made mine out of an old uniform, on the other side is another pocket and my name tape and i used the zipper from the uniform trousers, some might see it as destroying a uniform but it was my old one and it's a nice way to use the fabric of uniforms I won't wear again without feel like I'm just throwing them away and I love the idea that I can functionally use the pockets!</p>
Made one a few weeks ago. Great 'ible, though I opted for a thicker strap. Gave it to a very happy 11 year old girl who has declared she will store snacks in it. Thanks!
I used a razer blade and (very) carefully cut out the zipper. Seemed to go a lot faster, and I didn't have to strain my seam ripper!!! :D
Plus, I also used my rotary cutter and straight edge which made things go a little faster and easier.
i like it.
Great tutorial- I don't know what is wrong though, when it prints the instructions go all wonky. I'm going to try and alert admin to check on this.<br />
I love this! I've already made one as a gift, and have more planned. Thank you!
hahaa scanning it in, thats awesome !!
The only problem it looks very girly.
Check mine out <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/EXF9AQ0FYAJL5RN">http://www.instructables.com/id/EXF9AQ0FYAJL5RN</a><br/>
Thanks for the idea/instruction. I made mine similarly to Cluckie. I used a side cargo pocket and a back zippered pocket from some cute Cargo pants. I used the waistband as a shoulder strap. It's the perfect size for taking on a hike. water bottle, granola bar, & lip gloss in the middle and the side pockets are good for my cell phone & GPS and the other holds cash and my ID card. I can stick a pen through the beltloop on the 'waistband-shoulder strap'. I still need to make a drawstring closure though.
Instead of using back pockets, I used the side leg pockets from a pair of my son's trashed denim cargo shorts. Since both of them had velcro flaps, I ended up with 3 large secured pockets (including the center zippered section). It's square too...instead of having the "v" shape at the bottom. By using the different pockets, it's too big for my tech stuff, but it's a fantastic makeup case or smallish purse. Thank you for the inspiration and the perfect instructions!
Wow, this is an awesome project. I would love for you to put up more jean projects. rock on!
made this today - thanks so much for the great instructions!
My girlfriend and I learned a lot about sewing from this! Lined the zippered pouch with some crushed velvet to keep a PDA screen from getting scratched. Thanks a lot for posting. It looks really good.
Thanks for your Step 1 instructions. I have broken 7 needles trying to make a shopping bag and purse. Now I know what to do.
I cut a pocket out of an old pair of pants and then I tell people they dropped their pocket.
you say no plastic cases yet your ipod is in one
hmmm.. having that zipper so close to my phone's touch screen makes me nervous. Gotten any scratches?
This is awesome, I'm going to make one tomorrow! I may try it with a non-denim pair of pants - has anyone tried that yet? Kim
I actually did this about 4 years ago for my friend as a CD case. It was actually pretty neat. I embroidered onto it the CD title and the band.
is there a way to make one side the front pocket and the other side the back pocket? because i got a hole in my fave. pair of pants on one side, but i would still like to use the other side to make something like this. or, just to get two of these out of one pair of pants. but this is a great idea.
(slightly unrelated) but. when i used a iSkin, dirt+dust got between the skin and the ipod and then, when the skin would move a little bit, the dirt would be ground into the ipod, making it worse to use a skin then not. has anyone else had this problem?
I like it...another use for my recycled denim.
umm.. i will just use my ipod silicon skin :-| its good enouf than carrying an external pocket.
maybe line it with something waterproof.... or spray the entire thing every six months with that spray-on, silicone-based, fabric sealant. with the open top edges, you could still get it wet, but not as easily.
is it for gurls only?
No, you can make it with or without the strap, regardless of your gender! Just depends on how you want to use it.

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