Sunday, February 8, 2009

Valentine Pocket from an Old Sweater

Make some lovely valentine pockets to fill with goodies for Valentine's Day. They are very easy and quick to make.

F (7yo), made this one in less than an hour!

I love making things from old wool sweaters bought from the thrift store. I bring home the sweater and give it a nice hot bath in the washer, a hot dry in the dryer and you end up with a great piece of thick felt to sew with.

To make the valentine pocket, pick your sweater color and the trim for the handle and embellishments.

Cut two hearts of the same size for your pocket, I cut my hearts from the sweater sleeve.

Grab your scissors, floss, needle and any embellishments to pretty it up.

Stitch on the little heart (you can save this step for last, but I find it easier to do this first).

Stitch on the handle to the back piece of the pocket.

Thread your needle with 4 pieces of floss, then whip stitch the front and back together.

Or you may prefer a blanket stitch....F (7yo) loves the blanket stitch!

I continued the whip stitch about 3cm past the handle ends, to make sure they were sewn into the pocket good and tight. Then knot off and fill your new pocket with goodies for your valentine! Happy Valentine's Day!


Tom Arbour said...

Hi Lisa- Thanks for following The Ohio Nature Blog. You are very creative...I need to show your ideas to my wife Megan, she works with fabric every now and then.


Tammy said...

Very cute and creative! A nice way to recycle...always a nice thing. :)

Felt-o-rama said...

Thanks for letting me know about your sweet new tutorial! The pocket would be so cute filled with Conversation Hearts! I've included it a link to your tutorial under 'Felt for Valentine's Day' on my blog to share with others.

therese said...

oh, i love recycled wool like that! every now and then, i come across great stuff made of old sweaters, and think to myself 'i should make that', but then forget about it. do you have any other ideas as to what could be made of it?
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Anonymous said...

I'm such a newbie when it comes to sewing, but I've been wanting to do something with a sweater I washed by accident (and then washed several more times to really felt it up). I was thinking of doing something for Valentine's Day with it. I think I'll try your idea Lisa. I don't know how to do a whip stitch ... I just barely know how to thread a needle (Ha!) but I'm sure there's a video on youtube or somewhere.

Thanks for the inspiration! LOVE your posts.

tracey (aka rainbowmummy) said...

thank you so much for stopping by! I think I am in love with your butterfly web, and I adore the bird feeder too, I have a certain little boy at home who would love to get his hands into the mix :0)

Bella said...

Wow - that's such a cute idea ! My little girl is quite keen to have a go so we'll have to dig out some material from our scrap box :-) You & your girls are so creative !

Stacy Orndorff said...

Adorable! Thanks for the kind note on my blog. Stacy.

Leanne said...

These are so sweet! and yes...great re-purposing.