Valentine Pennie Pockets


Four little nosegay Pennie Pockets of Valentine happiness. Fill with treats and love... hang on a front door handle... ring the doorbell... and RUN!


  • 6 slices of a Moda Layer Cake (6 - 10" x 10" squares). Sweet by Urban chicks featured.
  • 2 strips (2 - 1½" strips) from a roll of Sweet Honey Buns.
  • Optional: Clover "Large" (orange) Yo-Yo maker.




  • Pearl beads in assorted sizes.




1. Select 4 slices of Layer Cake (4 - 10"x10" pieces) and cut each piece diagonally once for your outer pocket and liner pocket pieces.


2. Arrange your outer pocket and liner triangles into four units.


3. Select 2 slices of Layer Cake (2- 10"x10" pieces) and cut in half horizontally and then in half vertically to yield eight 5" squares for prairie points and yo-yo's. Arrange 2 groups - four pieces for prairie points, and 4 pieces for yo-yo's. Make four yo-yo's according to the directions from your Clover yo-yo maker (or use your favorite yo-yo making method if no Clover tool is used).


4. Make 4 prairie points total by diagonally folding the wrong sides together of each 5" square. Press. Fold over again diagonally. Press.


5. Cut four 1½" x 16" pieces from two Honey Bun strips. (two from each strip)


6. Fold and press handle strip in half lengthwise with wrong side inside. Open and press long edges to center. Refold in half and press. Repeat for all handle strips. Top-stitch on outer edges to finish handles.




7. Pin a prairie point on center on it's raw edge to the edge of the outer pocket piece. Pin raw edges of handle on each side of the prairie point.


8. Tuck the handle ends half way under the prairie point.


9. Pin liner pocket piece to outer pocket piece. Sew a 1/4" seam to join pieces. Back-stitch beginning and end of seam.


10. Press unit towards the liner piece. Flip one pressed side about an inch in the opposite pressing direction and press (see photo in step 13). This will help your unit nest nicely in the step 12.


11. Tuck handle under prairie point. This will help keep your handle from migrating into the seam in the next step.


12. Fold over diagonally, right sides together. Stitch a ¼" seam around edge, stopping about an inch past the turn (right blue pin). Leave about a 3" opening for turning, and continue stitching the edge (after left blue pin). Back-stitch all beginning and ending stitches.


13. Trim all corner points about ⅛" from seam to reduce bulk after turning.


14. Turn unit inside out. A chop-stick makes for a great turning/pointy poking tool, especially if it's cute like my little strawberry one. Pin turn-opening closed, and top-stitch or whip-stitch edges closed.


15. Sew a pearl bead to a yo-yo center. Secure with knot. Sew yo-yo to the bottom point of the prairie point. Secure with a knot and hide thread tail between prairie point layers.


16. To attache dangle beads, take your chop-stick or turning tool and make sure liner point is as far down into the pocket as possible. With needle and thread, exit needle at the pennie's point. Thread 3 beads, from large to medium to small. Make a "u-turn" and thread back into medium and then large bead. Pull taught (but not too taught). Enter the needle back into the pennie's point and knot-off and hide thread tail in between layers of fabric.


17. Fill with candy, fabric, love coupons, sewing tools/notions, flowers, Cheeze-It's, etc.




One package each of Layer Cakes and Honey Buns will yield 24 Pennie Pockets.

Ding-dong-ditchin' good clean fun!
Monica/Happy Zombie

37 comments:

Jackie said...

You know I just love your stuff! What a great idea for Valentine's day.

Jackie said...

I forgot love the butterfly pins. Where did you get those?

Carla said...

These are so sweet. Too bad it won't let me print. I'd love to make some.

Vickie E said...

Super Monica! I love your stuff..

MichelleB said...

Monica, they are lovely. And more Sweet. Love them.

CJ said...

YUMMMY!!! I want to make some of these! I have guests coming for Valentine's weekend...PERFECT surprise for the morning. I will have to use fabric on hand since that one is not available yet. THANKS!

Ann Ferguson said...

What a fantastic idea. I would like to make a link to your site from my blog. I suppose I could just add it to my Blogs list. Is there a better way? I've just been writing out my own pattern for the braid, but now it's been done for me. Thank you, Ann.

Simone de Klerk said...

Thank you for the great tutorial. it is even more fun through the fabrics you used!

Judy said...

I love the pockets, and thanks for the turorial.

Simply This and That said...

I didn't think these could get any cuter! I think i just added another project to my to do list this week. LOL.

PunkiePie said...

Now you did it. I NEED to make MORE!

PamKittyMorning said...

You're killin me. I need Sweet something fierce.

Cara said...

I just love these penny pockets! What a great treat bag and gift Idea!

Carrie P. said...

Such fun stuff you have at the bake shop. I want to make them all.

LeAnne said...

So cute! I am making some tonight!

Amanda said...

I love the Sweet, too!

I've been wanting to make some of these for Valentine's Day.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

These are fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing! I'll be linking to this post.

Ginny said...

These are awesome! I whipped them up so fast, and they turned out so cute! Thanks!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Monica YOU ROCK!!!!! Love it.

Lori said...

This is so fun, I made one last night and it turned out so cute. Thanks for sharing.

TeresaM said...

I love these!!! I'm a fool for pockets!!!

angie said...

This is awesome!
Cant wait to try it!
thanks so much~
hugs
angie

redplaid3 said...

These are adorable and like the way you made it like a recipe.

Amy said...

I love the pennie pockets.. I guess I will make some for easter. thanks for sharing,Amy

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Hi Monica: I love these. I'm doing a Valentine Pennie Pockets swap. Is there anyplace where I can print out these instructions to take to my sewing room? Thanks. --Susan C.

Rita R said...

Hi.
Thanks a lot for the pattern. I have made christmas pockets of it.
If you want a lokk it´s here.http://ritashandarbeid.blogspot.com/2009/11/jul-jul-jul.html

Hanswife said...

wonderful just completed them with my daughters..they will be great for little gifts for our staff. thanks for such a great tut.

Ilenia said...

It's a nice idea...Thanks for sharing this wonderful pattern

Anonymous said...

Well, it is way past Valentine Day, but I think it would be sweet to make them in yellow for May to give to teachers as a thank you from their students. Thanks you for a wonderful project. Sherry

Kathy said...

I'm just a little confused about step 1. The top two squares are not cut diagonally from corner to corner points like the bottom two.

happy zombie said...

Hi Kathy,
The nice folks at Moda forwarded me you comment, but your comment is unable to receive a reply - so I hope you'll see my reply here!

I'm afraid I lack good photography skills, and many of my photos in this post are not in frame - as in the case with the photo in step 1. In spite of what my crappy looks-like-one-of-the-3stooges-shot-it photo looks like, please do cut corner to corner on the diagonal. - Monica

Aneta Hayne said...

That looks absolutely awesome, fantastic and sweet idea for Valentin's Day :)Thank you for sharing

Regina said...

Love this!

heathert34 said...

Heart this! Just whipped up 2 and planning on 4 more tomorrow.

Waseem said...

I like the idea and the tutorial.

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Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Does it get any cuter that this? Thank you!

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