Friday, January 17, 2014

free treasure pocket pattern and tutorial

The Treasure Pocket is a great place for little ones to keep all their tiny treasures!  The finished pocket measures 3 1/2" high and 3" wide (the perfect size for a tube of lip balm!) and is designed with a single back loop so it can be attached to a belt or ribbon.  It's a fun project for those left over scraps we all seem to accumulate :)  To get your free pattern, click here.

*** After you click on the link for the Treasure Pocket pattern, make sure to open it with Acrobat Reader before printing.  For some reason the pattern does not print correctly directly from Dropbox in certain browsers *** 


Materials:
  • 9 1/2" x 4" scrap for lining
  • Three 4 1/2" x 4" scraps for main pieces
  • One 2 1/2" x 4" scrap for flap
  • One snap
Notes:
  • All seam allowances are 1/2" 
  • If you use a light weight fabric, you may want to use interfacing on the lining piece
  • In the final topstitching step the bobbin thread will show on the front of the pocket so choose the color accordingly
Cut the pieces to the following dimensions:
  • Lining (cut using pattern)
  • Front, Back, Back Loop - 4 1/2" (height) x 4" (width)
  • Flap - 2 1/2" (height) x 4" (width); use lining pattern to create top curve


1. Place the 4 1/2" long sides of the back loop right sides together and sew seam.  Be sure to backstitch at both ends.


2. Turn the back loop right side out, position the seam on the bottom and iron flat.


3. Center the back loop on top of the back piece with the right sides of both pieces facing up.  Place the flap piece right side down matching straight edges and sew.


3. Press the flap up.


4. Place the front piece right side down on top of the back piece (with the back loop sandwiched in between) and sew.


5.  Press the back piece down.  You should now have a main piece and lining piece that are the same size.


6.  Place the lining piece on top of the main piece right sides together.  Sew around the edges leaving approximately a 2" opening along one side for turning.


7.  Clip corners and trim curve close to the seam.


8.  Turn right sides out and press edges.


9.  Flip over so the lining is facing up. Fold the bottom up along the seam and press.


10.  Flip over again so the loop is facing up.  Stitch from one bottom corner around to the other making sure to close the opening along the side.  Backstitch at either end so the seams don't tear.


11.  Add the stud half of a snap approximately 1/2" from the top of the flap and the socket half approximately 1" down from the top.  The measurements are approximate to account for variations in sewing.


12.  You're done!  Now you can let your little one enjoy it or you can do what we did at our house and turn Buppy the kitty into a carrier kitty :)

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