Today's post is going to be an instructional post, giving step by step instructions for how to make paper pockets! Simple to make, these pockets can be used for many different purposes. At the bottom there are pictures of what we did with our pockets and extra suggestions for how to use these little cuties! Without further ado, let's get started!
Step 1: Gather supplies!
You will need:
- Something Round
- A sewing machine (or a needle and thread)
- Markers or Stickers for decorating!
Step 2: Take your round object and trace a circle onto your paper.
|We used the bottom of a candle stick.|
Step 3: Once you have one circle, cut it out and use it as a stencil. We took out first paper circle and traced as many circles as we could on our scrap piece of craft paper. You can use any paper you like, but remember, in an effort to be eco-friendly always try and maximize the space on one sheet of paper.
|This was our piece of paper, we started tracing...|
|...and ended up with this. There are enough circles|
here to make thirteen paper pockets.
Step 5: Grab your sewing machine and get ready to sew paper. To do this, take two of your circles and lay them on top of each other. Place them how you would normally place a piece of fabric. (Pictured below)
|This is how your paper circles should look before you sew.|
|Hold your paper circles and begin to sew.|
|Sew halfway around the circle and then stop.|
|Grab some candy; this is what we stuffed into our paper pockets.|
|Use your finger to push in each piece of candy. Don't put too|
much inside or you will have a difficult time trying to close it up.
|Your candy should be inside and pushed back as far as possible.|
|This is what the stuffed pocket will look like. Now it is time|
to finish sewing the pocket closed. To do this, pinch the paper
together and continue to sew the perimeter.
|Once you have sewn around the entire circle cut the strings.|
You need to pull all the loose strings to the back of your pocket
and tie a knot. This keeps the stitching from unraveling.
Cut off the extra string and...
|...TADAHH! The completely sewn circle will look like this!|
Step 6: Time to decorate! This is where you can get as creative as you want. You can use markers, stamps, pens, stickers, buttons, tissue paper, or paint! It is up to you!
Below are some of the designs we made using just a few pens.
|We also thought these little pockets would be a really cute something|
to receive in the mail. You could use them as a thank-you card,
a thinking-of-you card, a get well soon card, or just to say hello!
|These pockets could be used to make someone's day..stash a few in|
your desk or purse and when you see someone in need
of a pick-me-up, casually pass them a pocket with an uplifting message!
|We really like the idea of making someone's day so really, get|
creative! You can say any number of things; say something
sweet or just order someone to "HAVE A GREAT DAY!!"
|If ordering someone to have a nice day doesn't float your boat,|
try a gentler method- crack a few jokes!