Intro: Pocket Friends
Ever annoyed by the amount of empty pockets? Feeling a little lonely? Well I have the answers to your problems. Pocket Friends! Through a super cute and easy tutorial and adorable template, you can make yourself a pocket friend to fill the void and your empty pockets!
Step 1: Project Supplies
You are going to need the following things to make your
- A pencil and a white ink pen, or a light pen that won’t show through your fabric.
- Paper for creating your adorable template.
- Scissors for cutting fabric.
- Basic sewing supplies so thread and needles and some ball pins. You will need white and black thread for the eyes, but you can use any color that looks nice for the body.
- Felt or misc fabric depending on the kind of friend you want.
Step 2: Step 1
First you have to decide what kind of friend you want to have hanging with you! Are looking for who likes to move around or one who likes to stick around in one pocket?
I’m going to make two friends, because I want as many friends as possible. I’m going to make one friend who likes to travel from pocket to pocket out of felt and one who likes to stay in one place out of cotton or a fabric that can survive a washing machine; we don’t want to accidentally kill our new friend.
Step 3: Step 2
Now we have to make a template. Once you’ve picked your friends, we can draw them on some paper and cut them out. If drawing isn’t your thing you can copy my little fox/cat or cactus template. When making your template we have to make sure your friend will fit in your pocket, so measure your pocket and make sure there is enough room. Depending on your pocket try to leave room for a centimeter on both sides of your template. Cut out your template and put into your pocket to make sure your friend will fit.
Step 4: Step 3
Now pick your fabric and trace with your white pen around the template and cut two sides for your friend. Now you have a body. Decide where you want your eyes and nose and put pins in them for now. Take your black fabric and cut out your eyes as circles and a nose in a little heart shape (optional you can do your nose in any color you want). For my little fox I’m also cutting a heart shape white panel for the face section but this optional depending on your friend.
Step 5: Step 4
Stitch your face pieces on to the front panel of the body. Use black or a color
thread of your choice for your eyes and nose and use white thread for a light reflection/sparkle in your friend’s eyes. All friends are different and can have different embellishments of your choosing like whiskers, hearts, blushing, flowers, Etc.
Once you front body piece is done, we can start sewing your friend together.
Step 6: Step 5
If you want a permanent friend, you can sew them right into your pockets or anywhere you want them. Place them inside your pocket of choosing and hand stitch them in without stuffing them and you’ll have a forever friend. This friend maybe a little prickly, but he'll never leave you.
Step 7: Step 6
If you want a portable friend we can put a little stuffing in
them. Feed them a little cotton candy, just not after midnight; nothing good happen after midnight. Seriously don’t sew after midnight you’ll end up sewing your friend to your sleeve by accident. Also don’t take short cuts using a sewing machine, lets hand sew these little boos; show them some love. Now that your friend is stuffed, lets finish sewing them up.
Step 8: Fin
Now you have a new pocket friend to fill the empty void and your empty pockets.