When Word Nerd Teen and Teen Geek were little they always wanted to be in charge of their own library cards. I would usually wait until the last possible minute and then let them take their cards, fearful that otherwise the cards would disappear before the circulation desk.
This little wrist wrap would have made us all happy! It will adjust to fit a tiny wrist, or even around the upper arm. You can make adjustments to the wrist size and pocket size to fit your needs. First, the supplies…
You will need felt, scissors, velcro, a felting tool and mat. You may also need glue and basic sewing supplies. My method is virtually no-sew, but you can sew the felt together, rather than using the felting tool. Using embroidery floss would give you a sturdy finished piece and add a little ‘pop’.
Attach your velcro pieces to the ends. You will need one piece on the front and one on the back. I sewed on my velcro for two reasons- the sew-on velcro is softer than the stick-on velcro and it needs to be able to withstand little fingers tugging it.
Center the back pocket piece on the wrist strap and attach it by your preferred method. You can see I’ve got it on the felting mat. You can also center the wrist strap on the pocket piece, and then your wrist strap will enclosed in the finished pocket.
This is the felting tool. I have pulled the protective covering back so that you can see the needles. You just pounce the tool on the piece of felt (on the mat). The needles pierce both pieces and intertwine the little hairs in the felt. It is difficult to describe
accurately, but trust me, it is one neat little tool. Here I am about to felt the decorative element to the front pocket piece.
Add the top piece to the pocket and felt the edges together. I put my library card in the pocket, so that I could use it as a guide for how far in I should felt.
See? You’ve made a little pocket.
Felt is so inexpensive and comes in so many colors and patterns…. the possibilities are endless.
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