I learned it from my grandma: save everything! When we outgrew clothing, it was passed down to the next person, but when clothes got ruined they were treated differently. First, all the buttons were removed and saved for future projects. Zippers, appliques, bows, ribbons, pockets and other items were kept for making new clothes. The remaining fabric was often cut into “rags” for cleaning.
If you’re one of those people who saves everything you might be finding yourself with a few too many pockets. Want a project that will use up some of them? A craft that helps you make a new toy for your baby? Then I’ve got just the project for you! It’s simple to make, will keep your baby entertained for hours, and will help you use up a couple of those salvaged pockets.
The pockets you use don’t have to match. Use two of the same or two different ones. Use ones that come to a point at the bottom or pockets that are straight across the bottom. Use pockets made of thin fabric or thick. The only requirement for the pockets is that they both be the same size.
Set one pocket on a flat surface so that the wrong side is facing upwards. Lay a handful of small jingle bells on the pocket. If you don’t have any you’ll find them, year-round, at a craft store online. During the holiday seasons most any local craft store will also carry the small bells.
Position the second pocket on top of the first one to trap the bells between the two pockets. This pocket should be placed so that the right side of the fabric is facing up. Start at any corner and sew around the entire pocket. Try to stay within the stitches or stitch line already on the pocket for a neat look.
Just hand the new toy to your baby and watch him or her have a good time. If the baby is really young you can sew a piece of elastic onto one of the pockets so the toy can be slid onto the wrist. Sew the elastic piece onto the outside of the first pocket before adding the bells and the other pocket.
If you don’t have any pockets you can make the baby toy by cutting pocket shapes – or squares, circles, ovals – from fabric or felt. Although the toy is very simplistic it will thrill any small baby.