I shared these cute back to school gift pockets a few years ago and they are still one of my favorite projects. They are super simple to make and they can be adapted for any special occasion. In this case I made this set to hang on my children’s doors for a first day of school gift. They were a huge hit!
The base of these is made from a toilet paper tube -yup that’s right! I wrapped patterned paper around a toilet paper tube, then squished the bottom together and stitched it on my sewing machine. A few embellishments and some cute ruler ribbon and I had an easy pocket to tuck back to school treats inside of.
I filled mine with chocolate coins so they’ll be nice and sugared up for their teacher.
I’m a little obsessed with these right now. I’ve made several more versions. I’ve never been so excited to change the toilet paper roll! Prepare yourself for the massive hoarding of toilet paper roll tubes that will occur after you make your first gift pocket. Here’s a quick little tutorial so you can move on to making these cute little things.
1. Start with an empty toilet paper tube and a piece of patterned paper 4 1/4′ x 6′. Wrap the paper around the tube and glue it together where the ends meet.
2. Smash one end together until it lies flat and stitch the end together through all layers.
3. Embellish the top with a doily folded in half, pom-poms, lace, ribbon, or layers of all of them. Punch holes on the sides and thread ribbon or twill through the sides. Finish off with a knot on each side to create a hanging handle.
(Originally published on 8/12/12 on simplyprice)