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

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0 comments to Valentine Pennie Pockets

  1. Jackie says:

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

  2. Jackie says:

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

  3. Carla says:

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

  4. Vickie E says:

    Super Monica! I love your stuff..

  5. MichelleB says:

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

  6. CJ says:

    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!

  7. Ann Ferguson says:

    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.

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

  9. Judy says:

    I love the pockets, and thanks for the turorial.

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

  11. PunkiePie says:

    Now you did it. I NEED to make MORE!

  12. You’re killin me. I need Sweet something fierce.

  13. Cara says:

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

  14. Carrie P. says:

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

  15. LeAnne says:

    So cute! I am making some tonight!

  16. Amanda says:

    I love the Sweet, too! I’ve been wanting to make some of these for Valentine’s Day.

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

  18. Ginny says:

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

  19. Monica YOU ROCK!!!!! Love it.

  20. Lori says:

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

  21. TeresaM says:

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

  22. angie says:

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

  23. redplaid3 says:

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

  24. Amy says:

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

  25. 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.

  26. Rita R says:

    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