DIY Pockets for Walkers as Service Project

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Creating DIY pockets for walkers is a great service project for Girl Scouts to make and drop off at a local retirement community.

DIY Walker Pockets Service Project Kindness Craft

Our Girl Scout troop has a neighborhood retirement community with a memory center.  The residents are delightful and LOVE when kiddos come to visit.  Many of them have walkers with seats but no pockets to carry items around.  These diy pockets as a service project idea are a great way to make a difference.  The pockets are easy to create and a great first sewing project too.  You can use scrap fabrics and pockets from old jeans if you want to incorporate the element of re-purposing items.  This post was sponsored by VELCRO™ Brand but the ideas and opinions are my own.

To make the pockets, you will need the following materials and supplies:

  • VELCRO™ Brand Sew On
  • Kunin Group eco-fi Plus felt
  • Fabric, Sizzix Machine and Laura Kelly Dies
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Cutting Mat

Too busy to make this right away?! Pin it for later!  Pin this project to your favorite craft board on Pinterest and it’ll be waiting for you when you’re ready.

How to make DIY Walker Pockets:

Start by cutting the front pocket pieces from felt and decorating them with sewn on die-cuts, ribbons, etc.  The pocket fronts should measure 8 inches tall by 11 inches across.

Sew the pockets to the bottom of a larger piece of felt that measures 12 inches across by 15 inches tall.

Sew in the VELCRO™ Brand Sew On Fastener across the back top of the larger piece of felt, leaving four inches in between the two coordinating pieces.  Note that some walkers have foam cushions around the bar.  These will need more space between the strips.

Attach the pockets to the walkers with the Velcro strip.

I love the way the denim pocket from an old pair of jeans makes a great additional pocket for glasses, remotes and smaller items.

I bet there is a home near you that would LOVE to receive a bunch of these walker pockets.

More tips for Girl Scout projects:

  • The simple ideas can be taught by older girls to younger girls.
  • Group projects are great for building friendship and connection.
  • Try to incorporate Girl Scout cookies in fun new ways!
  • Service projects are more fun with a personalized craft or two.

I bought the VELCRO™ Brand Sew On Fasteners at my local JoAnn Fabrics store.  Did you know they have a program now for Girl Scouts?  Check it out and learn how to save 15%!

 

Cheers to Girl Scouts Making a Difference,

Laura

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21 thoughts on “DIY Pockets for Walkers as Service Project”

  1. What a great partnership. A few years ago the local Joann store worked patiently with the scouts as they each picked just the right fabric for her unique renaissance faire costume for playing with the past badge.

  2. Love this idea 🙂 we have 3 assisted living facilities in our area! I will be working on these with our girls

  3. I love the idea of the Girls Scouts interacting with their community and making a difference. I was a Girl Scout and know that it was a postive program.

  4. What a great idea! Wish we had a Girl Scout troop close to us. I grew up in the girl scouts and would love for my girls to do so as well.

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