By Rob, Designs by Rhonda
Rhonda begins her instructions for this delightfully original new set as follows, “How many times did you wish you had a little pocket on something?
You can use printed material or stitch a design on fabric and make a pocket out of it.
Cute to add it kids clothes and adults too.”
I thought this was a brilliant project when she first told me she was thinking about it!
When I was getting the set prepared to put them on the DesignsBySiCK website, I was sitting in the Great Room with some family members.
I was trying to think of uses for the pockets and the first things that came to my mind were to stitch one on a sleeper for a pacifier or maybe on a small pillow so the Tooth Fairy knew where to find the teeth and leave the coins!¬† Maybe one with an initial or name on it – but I had no idea how I could use it.
But, still, I thought they were pretty creative!¬† So, I decided to pose the question to my family.
I explained the project and showed pictures of Rhonda’s stitchouts and then asked if they could think of any unique way to use these pockets.
I barely got the words out of my mouth when my¬† Big Biker Dude (those of you who know me, know this is what I call my husband of many, many years and father of our three grown children) says, “They would be perfect on a tablecloth.”
“Um, a tablecloth?¬† Like a place to hide your green beans?” I replied with a bit of snarkiness in my voice.¬† (Oh yes, snarkiness is one of my finest attributes)
But, he was not swayed, instead, he continued, “Not a whole tablecloth, just one which would fit under your sewing machine with it hanging over the edge, on either side of the machine, but not where you sit. “And¬† you could sew pockets onto the tablecloth on either side of where you would sit!”
“OH!!¬† I see what you mean!” I said a bit more excited than I thought I should be!
Before I could give him a hard time about it, he continued.
“One of them could be for those tiny little scissors I can’t get my fingers in, but you refuse to allow any of us to touch. You know, the GOLDEN ones,” he said with exaggeration.
“Oh yes, my stork scissors…¬† oooo….good idea,” I mumbled.
“And BOBBINS! You could have a pocket for bobbins and when you get ready to do a project, you could fill the bobbins with the different colors and have them right there, in your handy little bobbin pocket!”
As I began to imagine this, he went on, “Can you just imagine, having your different color bobbins all ready to just pick out of the pocket and use?¬† Not like when you sew now, how you can’t ever find more than one bobbin and how you have to pull all of the thread off of it and fill it before you can even begin to sew..and then how you have to pull off the thread again when you change the thread color?”
Hey, now, this was getting a bit personal – true – but personal.
He was relentless! “OH what is that thing you ALWAYS have in your hands¬† and grumbling when you are making something.¬† It’s tiny and pointy and sharp!¬† It used to have a cap.”
“My seam ripper,” I said dryly.
“Yeah!¬† That’s it, your seam ripper!¬† Boy, I’ll bet yours gets more miles than anyone else’s…don’t they ever get dull?¬† Wouldn’t it be handy to be right there in its own little seam ripper pocket?”
“I get it,”¬† I said.
I guess he sees and hears more than I realize when my niece comes to the house every Saturday to sew and quilt with me!
So… despite the fact that he knows me better than he should, he had me thinking immediately!
He came up with some pretty good uses for pockets!
What could you use a pocket for?
SO – Here is your CHALLENGE:
Tell us how your idea on how to use a pocket.
Everyone who sends in an original idea (if there are identical ones, the first one to submit the idea) will win a set of their choice!
How else could you use the pockets for fun, to be useful, whatever!¬† Let me know!
You have until April 30th to submit your entries.
We want to give you enough time to purchase a design or the set, or download if you have a membership, and actually create your idea for us to see!
Those who submit a photo of their project will receive an extra set of their choosing!
Please send all entries to:
SUBJECT LINE:¬† POCKET CHALLENGE!
You can see the set online by clicking here.
You can see all sets by Rhonda by clicking here.
Empty Pockets Instructions:
General Instructions for Applique
stitch on main fabric
Remove hoop from machine, glue or tape a piece of your applique material over¬†¬† Outline Stitch.
1st Tack Down Stitch:
This will secure the applique material to the main fabric.
Remove hoop from machine and carefully cut around the outside of the applique.
ZigZag Tack Down Stitch:
This stitch will secure the edges of the applique
Satin Outline Stitch and Top Stitch:
This stitch is a nice satin finishing stitch around the applique and had a top stitch to give it a more professional look.
All designs in this set are stitched out the same.
Please follow the general instructions with the exceptions below.
The first 4 colors can be stitched out in the same color. Color changes are for the machines that do not have stop commands.
Color 1: Outline Stitch
the top line is done in a basting stitch so that it can be easily removed.
Take a piece of fabric that is either folded in half or hemmed.
Place the folded or hemmed end and place on the top line.
Make sure that the entire outline stitch is covered.
Secure with tape or glue stick.
Color 2: 1st tack down stitch.
Remove hoop from machine and cut the 3 sides of fabric as you would for Applique.
Color 3: Zig Zag Tack down Stitch
Color 4: Satin Outline stitch and Top stitching
Color 5: this is a little decoration to cover the ends of the satin stitch and is like a little brad or snap look. This will also keep the pocket ends more secure.