Those are Burke’s “guys.” They are supercool. They need to go everywhere with us. He is not great at carrying five toys at once. Hence the caddy.
To make one for your little one’s “guys” you’ll need:
-two similar sized pieces of fabric (mine were about 15″x15″)
-another strip of fabric (mine was 7″x18″) to serve as your row of pockets
-felt for the ‘scene’
-ribbon (a couple feet)
-a sewing machine
1. First we’re going to make the favorite things pockets on one piece of fabric (later we’ll sew the two larger pieces of fabric together). To do this, first figure out how many pockets you want to provide (I made a five-pocket caddy). Take your length and divide it by the number of pockets (my length was 18″, so each pocket was allotted about 3.5″). Mark these lengths. Also divide the length of your background fabric by the number of pockets and mark (the length of my background fabric was 15″, so I marked every 3″).
2. Match up the lines, pin the pocket fabric in place and stitch the pocket fabric (with the top edge ironed under and stitched down to make a clean seam) to the background fabric. You should have a row of ‘pockets’ with a little give because your pocket fabric was a bit longer than your background fabric.
3. Sew your two larger pieces of fabric together, right sides in, like you’re making a pillow case. Pin a ribbon in between the two layers, facing inward (this will be your closure later). When you’ve sewn 3 and a half of the sides, turn your fabric right side out. Make sure you stitch over the ribbon. Finish off the opening (I’d ironed the raw edge in and top stitched across the opening).
3. Create your scene with felt. Hot glue in place. Sew down a few pieces (for the stability of the felt and so that the two fabric pieces stay put).
4. Fill your pockets with toys, tie in a bundle, and bring your little one’s “guys” everywhere you go. This is especially handy for road trips, by the way.
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