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Did you buy a NIKE + iPod, but do not want to dole out the cash for the special shoes that go with it (the shoes have a special spot to hold the little gadget that tracks your speed)? Have no fear! This little pouch works just as well (loop it around the laces on top of your shoes), and is an ultra-quick sew, too!
(To see larger versions of all these pictures, just click on them and it will bring you to the corresponding images on Flickr)
1. Pin the felt shapes together. Sew across the top of the “foot” of the L shape, using a 1/4” margin, and continue across to the other side.
If you are using velcro, sew one side of it to the side you will be using as the outside color. It will go on the heel space of your L shape. If you will be using a button, you may either sew it on now or wait until the end to complete this step (it’s a little awkward to sew it on at the end, but I prefer to wait as it’s easier for me to match it up with the buttonhole)
2. Trim off felt as close to the stitches as you are able (only the stitches on top of the foot – not the leg!) Be careful not to cut into the stitches.
3. Now fold the “foot” over and pin it in place. You should now have a regular rectangular shape (like a lowercase L).
Sew all the way around this shape, using 1/4” margins. Trim of the extra fabric all the way around, cutting as close to the stitches as possible without cutting into the stitches.
4. Sew the decorative patch onto the end furthest from the pouch you have just made, sewing as close to the edge of the fabric as you can, so as to match it up with the rest of the seams you have sewn so far.
5. Make your buttonhole or sew the other side of the velcro onto the side furthest from the pouch you have just made.
6. To strengthen the felt and make it easier to fold, sew lines 1/8” and 1/4” from the stitching on the pouch, and again at the 2 1/4”,
2 1/2”, and 2 3/4” marks. Sew 2 lines perpendicular to these, on either side of the buttonhole all the way down the piece (but stop before going over the pocket).
7. If you did not sew the button on earlier, fold the pouch up (fold the flap over the pocket twice), and mark the under the buttonhole where you plan to sew the button on. Sew the button on over that mark (it will be on the side directly behind the pocket side).
My test subject (my DH) has told me his pouch is just a smidge too wide, and advises taking off a bit – at least an inch. If you would like yours more snug, too, you can go as small as 1 1/4” x 5 1/4” for the finished product; that would make the “leg” 1 1/4” wide, and the “foot” 2 1/2” wide. All the other measurements can remain the same (although if you are really wanting to minimize, you can – make the “foot” 1 1/2” tall and the long side of the “leg” 5 1/4” long ). Disclaimer: I think this would be a _very tight fit, and I haven’t actually tried yet to make one with the new improved measurements. So there is that. You have been forewarned! Also, I never posted any pictures showing how this is meant to fold to attach to your shoe, and since I’m still too lazy to do it, I’m going to mooch off of Annie Get Your Glue Gun, who made a pouch AND took the pictures I’m missing. Huzzah!_
And you’re done! Please let me know if you like this tutorial, and please please let me know if you have any questions or found any flaws in the instructions. Enjoy, and happy exercising with your new stylish pouch!
It probably goes without saying, but these instructions aren’t intended for commercial use. Thanks, and happy crafting!
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