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Pennie Pockets - Little pennant pockets of happiness

November 29th, 2008

Right after Thanksgiving… and right before I pull out the Christmas dec from the attic, the wheels start to turn in my head about what little pretties I’m going to make as little giftlettes for the holidays. I love containers. I love putting stuff in stuff. And I also needed to craft up something to dress up my shelf above my sewing room window. Light bulb went on - pennants were born. So being that my mind thinks in crafty ways (code for laziness), I decided to give a free pattern as a giftlette instead. Crafting it forward.

Pennie Pockets - Little pennant pockets of happiness

I thought about garland…  I thought about a little pocket for my design wall to hold tools, treasures and candy.

Pennie Pockets - Little pennant pockets of happiness
I thought I’d swag it, but decided to hang it straight.  At least something now could be straight n tidy in my sewing room.  I strung my pockets on ric rac, but I also thought about the garland Jenny was making here.

Pennie Pockets - Little pennant pockets of happiness

Because I’ve never outgrown playing ding-dong-ditch, I thought about little nosegays - a Pennie Pocket with a handle.  Perfect for cookies, notes and mischief.  Or better yet, a little ding-dong-ditch, a nosegay… and my pattern inside for my crafty friends.  Hmmm.

Pennie Pockets - Little pennant pockets of happiness
Pennie Pockets - Little pennant pockets of happiness
The wheels continue to turn in my head.  Little Christmas nosegays for the tree… or 25 Christmas advent nosegays… or 8 blue & white nosegays for Hanukkah.  Modified.  Embellished.  Embroidered.  Pimped.  So many ideas, I can’t even process them from my head to my keyboard - so I started a Pennie Pockets flickr group here.  Wanna join me in the pool?  The water’s warm - but not that kind of warm.  I promise.

See my ModaBakeShop version here.

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106 Responses

  1. The fabulous jenny b harris allegedly said:

    Oh. So. CUTE!!!

  2. The fabulous nanette allegedly said:

    Oh my I love them on the door knob! Monica they are darling. What a super idea. What a fun gift, too.

  3. The fabulous angie.a allegedly said:

    Oh! SO CUTE!! Off to pick out fabs!

  4. The fabulous Carla F. allegedly said:

    Simply adorable!!! Thank you!!

  5. The fabulous Kathleen allegedly said:

    I see myself making some of these for Macy’s upcoming birthday. Like I needed another sewing project ;-)

  6. The fabulous Randi allegedly said:

    So cute! I will making some of these for my youngest daughter’s room!

  7. The fabulous carolbrowne allegedly said:

    I am so IN! Thanks for the pattern. This will be a lovely addition to my Christmas gifts. CUTE!

  8. The fabulous Busy Little Quilter allegedly said:

    Thank you, Monica!!! I love these! It’s so sweet of you to share your pattern. The pattern itself is beautiful, and the directions so clear!

    Thanks, again!


  9. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    Holy cow, I’m just going to print the pdf and tape it up, its so dang cute. You are too freakin clever.

  10. The fabulous elizabeth allegedly said:

    WOW. Cutest thing EVER.
    Can I come stick one on the goat?
    I’ll have time because I quit.
    You have enough cleverness for all of us–I’ll find something else to do.

  11. The fabulous Karen allegedly said:

    OMG! The creativity continues to ooze–no, flow–out of you. Non-stop! Monica, you have more talent than anyone I know–and I know a lot of talented people. I’m happy to walk in your shadow.

  12. The fabulous Marsha allegedly said:

    Can’t wait to try this pattern - thank you! I’m hosting a virtual Christmas Cookie Swap - have you the time to share a favorite recipe?


  13. The fabulous Ricki allegedly said:

    So clever! What a grand-tastic idea!!! Thank you!

  14. The fabulous Mindy (treasureup) allegedly said:

    I love them! Thanks for the group invite and pattern.

  15. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    STOP IT!!! Did you think of these and whip them up all in one day?? I joined the group. I’m now a Zombie Peni Pocket groupie!!! Pretty sure that my tiny craft room needs a garland and, ooooh, wouldn’t candy canes just be darling in these? And how ’bout one draped over a wine bottle, holding a bottle opener??

  16. The fabulous Mary Anne Drury allegedly said:

    CUTE, CUTE, CUTE!!! What a GREAT idea! I love them strung together as a garland (I’m partial to garlands) … but , I also like just one hung on the door ….. OR, I’m thinking of wearing one like a feed bag filled with chocolate …. you know, so I can continue doing whatever I’m doing without having to stop and eat.

  17. The fabulous Sherri allegedly said:

    Wow…they are so cute! I can’t wait to make A LOT of them!!! Thanks so much for this pattern, and right before Christmas, too!

  18. The fabulous Elizabeth allegedly said:

    Your brain streaming sounds soooo familiar to me! Just when I thought I couldn’t add another thing to my tiny craftroom… Fear of sewing machine, here I come! Thank you for your generosity! E

  19. The fabulous kathie allegedly said:

    these are just adorable
    I am going to have to try making these…

  20. The fabulous Christiane allegedly said:

    Monica, big hugs for the invite :D and again for this cute pattern, I searched for some patched hangers for my hazel twig, these are perfect!!

  21. The fabulous mARY lOU wEIDMAN allegedly said:

    Please bring these out again in April, they would make the most darling May baskets! You have a knack for wonderful!
    Mary Lou

  22. The fabulous Caron Mosey allegedly said:

    Way, way WAY too cute!!! A tutorial, please!

  23. The fabulous Jackie allegedly said:

    Love it!! They remind me of PKM’s header on her blog. What wonderful crafty little gifts! Thanks.

  24. The fabulous Connie W allegedly said:

    SO CUTE!

  25. The fabulous MichelleB allegedly said:

    They are adorable! I can hardly wait to make some. Thanks!

  26. The fabulous ~Vicki allegedly said:

    Thanks for the invite to Pennie Pockets–I just joined up! Now I need to make one of these adorable things to add to the pool!! Thanks for the crafty fun–and the free pattern Monica!

  27. The fabulous Betty @ She's Sew Pretty allegedly said:

    Drats! Every time I try to download the pdf my computer freezes. Am I the only one having this problem?
    And…it’s so cute!!

  28. The fabulous Concha allegedly said:

    I love this!! I think it would make a great advent calender!

    Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  29. The fabulous Natasha allegedly said:

    Very very cute!

  30. The fabulous Deb allegedly said:

    Adorable! I made a few in my kitchen colors (cherries, yellow gingham, and red with black polka dots) and now I”m going to make some in Christmas Fabrics to fill with little goodies for my coworkers. How do you come up with such cute, and easy, stuff?

  31. The fabulous celia allegedly said:

    Great great project! Thanks for sharing the idea!

  32. The fabulous lilyhaven allegedly said:

    TOO CUTE!!! Thank you so much for the pattern. I’m going to try making some of these. Thank you, thank you! I love crafty inspiration.

  33. The fabulous Lynn allegedly said:

    What an adorable pattern. Penny pockets. So very very cute. I will have to try these. Thanks for sharing. Lynn

  34. The fabulous hunnybunny allegedly said:

    Those are absolutely fabulous!!! If I wasn’t on a borrowed computer that refuses to accept my printer I would be on it. Maybe for Easter….
    Thank you for sharing pretties.

  35. The fabulous Hanne allegedly said:

    Thanks for the lovely pattern :-)

  36. The fabulous ElisabethB allegedly said:

    Hello, I just discovered you blog and this nice idea Pennie Pocket ! Thank you to share it. I will try to sew one now ;-)
    Elisabeth from France

  37. The fabulous Kim Bates allegedly said:

    How absolutely gorgeous! Just found these thru Creative Breathing! I must make some today! Thanks for the fantastic pattern, too! It’s beautiful!

  38. The fabulous Jen allegedly said:

    Love it! I think I’ll make some for my Punkie Pie’s room!

    Thank you!
    Jen :)

  39. The fabulous Ferne allegedly said:

    It is like you read my mind! Thanks, you did the work for me. I was thinking of ways to make a creative advent calender. I made the one with little pockets from Allsorts a few years ago and my sister and I swap it each year. It is so fun to fine little gifts to fit in the pocket. This will be a fun new idea that I can use in many ways.

    Thanks for sharing! The tutorial is adorable.

  40. The fabulous Angelinaa allegedly said:

    I am definitely going to download this…it’s perfect for making into an advent calendar!!!!

    Which I realize is a little late to be making one… but Max has never had one and I thought it would be cool.

    As always- brilliant work my friend.

  41. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    Holy Cow Woman! You are of the devil. Don’t you know all us procrastinators don’t have time for all that cuteness??? Now there will be even more sleepless crafters. Look what you’ve done.

    Oh how rude of me. I meant to say Thank You Very Much for the pattern. They’re darling!!!

  42. The fabulous jan richards allegedly said:

    The nosegays would also make great mayday pockets for someone’s door. Great ideas.

  43. The fabulous anina allegedly said:

    Thanks Monica! Those are great!

  44. The fabulous Diane allegedly said:

    Monica: I love these! Question: What is the dimension of each when complete? thanks for the idea, I can’t wait to make some! I love your freebies, they always print so nice and pretty and easily!!!

  45. The fabulous Ellen Crimi-Trent allegedly said:

    love it love it!!!! I have become a crafty queen these days myself!! Okay back to work.

  46. The fabulous Sally allegedly said:

    These are unbelievably adorable. You are soooooooooo talented. Of course, it helps that you always choose fabulous fabric. Fantastic!

  47. The fabulous Doe allegedly said:

    I might need one to hide my “girl viagra” you sent me. Hah! I just about died reading your note. Tsk, tsk, silly Monica! Thanks for thinking of me. ALWAYS!

  48. The fabulous Lauri allegedly said:

    OMG. How cute are these! I was planning on getting those paper mache cones from Michael’s or where ever and decorating and filling those for all of the teachers I need to acknowledge for Christmas, but I think I may just have to do these! Love them!

  49. The fabulous Cheryl allegedly said:

    Another great pattern. These could not be any cuter. Thank you so much!!!

  50. The fabulous cindy allegedly said:

    Super cute, as usual you talented chickee! I like it hung straight instead of swaggy. What a beautiful Oregon Day you took that picture on. We got a few inches of snow last night and today, so our ground is a gorgeous blankie of white. :) I won’t be making little pockets, I should be making quilts for the squirrels. :) tee hee

  51. The fabulous Dana allegedly said:

    Thanks so much for this pattern. These are darling and will be my teachers gifts this year for sure!!!

  52. The fabulous Coralie Cederna Johnson allegedly said:

    What a beautifully constructed pattern for this amazingly creative pocket idea! Your sewing room window decor is GREAT! I just love all your ideas and your site. Really inspirational! Thanks so much for sharing! Just wonderful!

  53. The fabulous Bren allegedly said:

    Hi Monica! Your little pockets are such a good idea! I love the idea of using them to hold little tools for my office!. . . So - I just downloaded the pdf. . . & what pretty fabrics on the directions(!). . . :-) xo, Bren

  54. The fabulous Amy from Texas allegedly said:

    This are adorable! I might have to get my sewing machine out for these:-) If not, scrapbook paper might have to do. Thanks for the instructions. Your pdf is designed so cute. Great job!

  55. The fabulous tina allegedly said:

    Cute Cute Cuuuuuuute! Thanks——-

    now…….. if I place the pattern all sweetly printed out with a stack of my fave fabric on the cutting table with a cookie, think Santa will have them all made up for me in the blink of an eye????

  56. The fabulous Belém allegedly said:

    The little pockets are so cute! I love how it looks hanging on the door knob. Thank you Monica for sharing this great pattern. It is a wonderful Christmas gift from you :)

  57. The fabulous Emilie allegedly said:

    oh thank you sooo much for that pattern ! you rock !! i think i will use them as gift containers for little things.
    oh and i love the view from your sewing room !!

  58. The fabulous Sherri allegedly said:

    So…I made a pennie pocket (I posted it on my blog today)! It was really so much fun…thanks again!

  59. The fabulous Jennifer from NY allegedly said:

    Oooo, so pretty! Monica, you are talented beyond belief! The pdf is a work of art itself. Can’t wait to try these. Thanks!!

  60. The fabulous AnyoneCanQuilt allegedly said:

    My eyeballs just popped out of my head, and rolled around on the floor. Which is always my reaction when I see your amazing creations! These are so great! And I can’t believe you not only made a pretty pattern, but also made millions of these things already! Thank you so much for sharing your pattern with your loyal subjects, I can’t wait to make some of these! x

  61. The fabulous Kristin J allegedly said:

    When my family has to have an intervention because I won’t stop making these, I am going to give you up in a heartbeat. I’m jus’ sayin’
    too dang cute!

  62. The fabulous yellowgirl allegedly said:

    Monica,Monica,Monica…..what will we do with you and all your wonderful ideas….make them of course. Ryleigh and I are whipping some up this week for her to give to her friends…and me to my wenchy co-workers…maybe their fun and friendly look will rub off on them….I will let you know if it works….Thank you thank you…miss you, miss you….hugs to you and T and D!!! Merry everything! L

  63. The fabulous sharon allegedly said:

    How freaking cute are they??? Well they are VERY freaking cute!!!!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful pattern Monica!!! I can’t wait to make some of these.

  64. The fabulous Laurie Miller allegedly said:

    Wow! These are great and a pattern too!!! I can’t wait to make some of these little beauties…

  65. The fabulous Diane allegedly said:

    Monica: I made two! come see if you’d like…I want to make more varieties! Thanks again. You’ve been talked about….

  66. The fabulous shirlene harrington allegedly said:

    These were fast and fun. They looked great on the plate for my craft group friends for our luncheon today. Thank you. Your patterns are always so well planned and thought out. Even though you don’t want to be an Oregonian at heart we still love you!

  67. The fabulous Lissa allegedly said:


    How cute is that! Keep it Simple! You are brilliant!
    Happy Holidays and you are already way ahead on the projects!


  68. The fabulous Nanna J allegedly said:

    Okay - just when I thought you couldn’t get any more wonderful, you go and totally redeem yourself!!!! (Sorry, I had to say it!) I heart these Pockets-o-Happiness, and you are just so @#$%! talented (I mean that in the most loving way) and generous. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I heart you muchly! xoxo, nj

  69. The fabulous Carla F. allegedly said:

    Well, I feel pretty silly! I made one up tonight and couldn’t figure out the prairie point. I folded in half like the pattern said, then again, like the pattern said and I got a square! LOL I thought hmmmm, I put it on anyway and thought wow that’s small and what to do with the rest of it hanging over? Then I thought folding diagonally? Hey!! Much better. Now, tomorrow I need to make one the right way. LOL

    Carla… please don’t feel silly. You must have downloaded my original pre-typo-fixed pdf… where silly me forgot to add that little gem of word “diagonally” on making the prairie point. Glad you got it all worked out! - M

  70. The fabulous Diane Nagle allegedly said:

    Thankyou so much for sharing this pattern, these are so adorable! I can hardly wait to make them!
    The fabrics are really cute too, and guess what, my sewing room is the same color!!

  71. The fabulous Jennifer Paganelli allegedly said:

    This is way too cool for words…Thanks for always seeing the fun in fabrics…xoxox Jennifer

  72. The fabulous Kristi allegedly said:

    I want to do this for our advent calendar….use up all my scrips and scraps…oh great. Now I don’t want to finish any of the other stuff I have to get done for THIS year.

  73. The fabulous Julie allegedly said:

    What a super cute idea! I like them straight across in your sewing room too.

  74. The fabulous amy (sew~amy) allegedly said:

    oh these are very cute.

  75. The fabulous wendy Purdy allegedly said:

    I love your blog, your photo’s are just wonderful. Thanks for the cranberry tour! x

  76. The fabulous Jona allegedly said:

    So DANG CUTE!! Thank you for sharing this (you really are brilliant)!

  77. The fabulous Jodi allegedly said:

    yep, yep, very, very, cute! ooxx`jod

  78. The fabulous carol eldridge allegedly said:

    well you have been busy…how cute..what will you put in them…I would do them as an advent calendar and hang them over the fireplace, put numbers on the front so each day you could open one and it would have some goodies in it. How fun would that be. I am making holiday penguins and will be posting some next week along with some very cute give a ways for the holidays.

    so stop by.


  79. The fabulous Frankie allegedly said:

    We have the same Scooby tin! You copied me, I’m telling mom!

  80. The fabulous heleen allegedly said:

    whauw love your blog!! You sure have a creative mind.

  81. The fabulous Karen allegedly said:

    LUCKY ME! The Pennie Pocket Fairy visited me yesterday and left a simply adorable pennie pocket hanging from the door of my studio. And it was filled with Christmas goodies. Oh, that Pennie Pocket Fairy is a sweet one!

  82. The fabulous Arlette allegedly said:

    Thank you for sharing this cute idea. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Monica!

  83. The fabulous Jan Sapp allegedly said:

    I love the pennie pocket and appreciate your willingness to share. I wonder, tho, how to download the pattern? Jan

  84. The fabulous helen stubbings allegedly said:

    thanks Monica, have whipped up 12 and filled with home made christmas sweets for teacher presents.
    Happy Christmas

  85. The fabulous Annette allegedly said:

    I had so much fun making some of my own and handing them out to friends. You helped us spread a lot of cheer. Thank you for sharing. (P.S. Mine are posted on my blog)

  86. The fabulous Rose allegedly said:

    What a cute idea, I’m going to use this to make an advent calendar for next year! Thanks for sharing the pattern!

  87. The fabulous Edie allegedly said:

    Way too cute! Just made some for Christmas! Can’t wait for my sister, Julie to see them.

    Thanks so much for the pattern!
    P.S. It was 80 degrees here yesterday! No snow in sight. LOL

  88. The fabulous Sandra :) allegedly said:

    I just made my first one today and posted it to my blog. Such a sweet project - thanks for the pattern!

  89. The fabulous Kim P. allegedly said:

    Darling, Ms. Monica! I’m making some Valentine-themed ones. I’ve posted the first three on my blog. Three down, fifteen to go! Thanks for another wonderful pattern!

  90. The fabulous Margot allegedly said:

    Thanks for the lovely pattern


  91. The fabulous Lindsey Z. allegedly said:

    Gorgeous!! What is that white backed, floral, polka-dotted fabric in the photo in the second row from the top??? All of the fabrics are beautiful, but I LOVE that one!!!

  92. The fabulous Marie @ Make and Takes allegedly said:

    Oh, this banner is darling. I love that it has pockets. I’ve been wanting to make one! Thanks.

  93. The fabulous Chris allegedly said:

    These are wonderful I don’t think I have ever seen anything so pretty and although I am only a beginner patch worker I am going to have a go as they would look so pretty in our conservatory.

    Thank you for the pattern.. we are visiting Australia for 4 weeks next month and looking for craft shops and patchwork shops is on my list.. UK isn’t that good for them.

    Chris x

  94. The fabulous Susan (Lilliwaup) Olson allegedly said:

    Hi there. Love your blog. Just visited Karen’s too. Wish you guys were here with me on Kona. Weather is finally great and Jerry is finally going fishing…quilt shops here I come!! Bye for now, S

  95. The fabulous Julie Isa allegedly said:

    I am in love! Everything you do is amazing! Really, AMAZING!!! I’m only sad that I didn’t know about your blog until now. I would love to just curl up in a comfy chair and look at it all day. You have such a talent and I am SO thrilled that you share it with all of us. I was so excited that I shared it with my readers. They too will be thrilled! Love your home, Love the snow (we don’t get snow where I live) and I love your blog!

  96. The fabulous Melissa McCoy allegedly said:

    ADORABLE! So very cute! I will have to make these!

  97. The fabulous Elizabeth allegedly said:

    The Pennie Pocket is an absolutely adorable project for a give away. Thanks so much for the pattern.

  98. The fabulous claire allegedly said:

    merci pour le modèle , c’est vraiment très joli , et gentil de partager avec nous , j’aime tous tes tissus , ils sont gais !
    amitié de France

  99. The fabulous Helen Salazar allegedly said:


  100. The fabulous Velina allegedly said:

    This pattern is great. I’m going to try to make some and use them for decorating. I have some Christmas fabric that would look great using this pattern and hanging them from door knobs and giving some as gifts.

  101. The fabulous Cynthia allegedly said:

    I just love the penny pockets. I found my way here through a link on another website. I am going to make tons of them.

  102. The fabulous Donna allegedly said:

    Thanks for sharing the pennie pockets. They are so cute. Plan to get started on them as Christmas goodies at my open house this Christmas.
    I am always looking for good ideas.

  103. The fabulous Joyce allegedly said:

    I love the pennie pockets but cannot get the pdf to download from your blog..I have tried many, many times. The grandkids would love these filled with goodies for any holiday. Can you please send me the pattern directly. I would certainly love it. The pockets would be good for gift cards also. Thank you. Joyce, Grandma in WV

  104. The fabulous Michelle allegedly said:

    These would make a great advent calendar!

  105. The fabulous Alaine allegedly said:

    FAB article in Oct 2011 APQ!! Fell in love with your sewing room…This is what I had in mind, yet have not finished (too many projects)…I painted four walls three very bright vibrant colors, shelfs were on the horizon, and those pennie pockets…those are absolutely the cutest things! I can’t wait to start making some! THANK YOU! I love your creativity! Everything is SO colorful HAPPY!

  106. The fabulous NORMA GIBSON allegedly said:

    I just found your web site (luckey me) and I just love it, you do a wonderful job.

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