Bushfires have been ravaging Australia for the past several months, and even as the flames finally seem to be under control, the country is still in dire need of some help. While we may not all be able to donate, us sewists can still do something!
Animal Rescue Craft Guild put out a call for wallaby and kangaroo joey pouches, wraps for bats, crocheted nests for displaced birds, and much more in an effort to rescue surviving wildlife and nurse them back to health.
Mood U at our NYC store is hosting a sew-a-thon to make some simple joey pouches this Saturday, January 11, from 11a-4p! They’ll be making the basic curved bottom kangaroo pouches following these guidelines here.
For those who can’t make it though, we’ve put together another tutorial for how to make hanging joey pouches so we can tackle this need from several fronts! Mood will even take pouch donations and ship them throughout the next few weeks! Find the shipping details at the bottom of this post.
While this project is great for stash busting, be sure to check the fabric content. Kangaroos and wallabies alike need 100% natural fibers for their pouches. This means no polyester or other synthetics, and nothing with any coatings.
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How to Draft a Hanging Pouch
There are two types of hanging joey pouches: one with an opening in the front for joeys to see out during the day, as well as an even simpler one with no opening for sleeping hours. We’ll be drafting a open-faced daytime pouch, but the steps are the same if you’d like to make a night pouch – just omit the opening!
Additionally, if drafting isn’t your forte, Piccolo Studio has a free downloadable pattern in two different sizes – one for kangaroos and one for wallabies!
- First, make a 20″ straight line across the top of your pattern paper or fabric.
- One inch inward on either side, mark a dot 12″ down.
- Two inches inward, measure 14″ down.
- Five inches inward, measure 17.5″ down.
- Measure 19″ down at the center.
- Connect your dots using a curved ruler.
- Add 1/2″ seam allowance around the entire shape.
This is your back pattern piece, completed. (If you’re making a night pouch, this is also your front piece and you can move on.)
- Mark and measure your curve for the front opening of your pouch like you see above.
- Connect the dots, add seam allowance, and your pattern is drafted!
How to Sew a Hanging Pouch
Cut 1 back piece and 1 front piece from both your lining and shell fabrics, as well as an 8″x36″ strip of shell fabric for your pouch strap.
Faces together, lay your front pieces atop their respective back pieces and sew along the bottom curve of your pouch.
Fold your strap piece in half along the length so it measures 4″ wide and sew along the long edge. Turn right side out and press.
Pin the strap ends to either side of the front opening face, like you see below and then place the lining inside the shell. The right sides of your fabric should be together.
Sew along the top edge of your pouch and front opening, simultaneously sewing your straps down and connecting your lining and shell. Be sure to leave a 4″-5″ opening towards the back of your pouch to turn it right side out.
Clip your seam allowances at the corners and curves, turn right side out, and press.
Lastly, edge-stitch around the top and opening curve of your pouch, closing the back portion as you do.
You pouch is now ready to be donated!
Where to Ship Your Joey Pouches
Ship your pouches to the address below and Mood will forward them to be donated!
- Courtney Norris
- 39 Robinson Road
- Lodi, NJ 07644