A Miniature Carrier/Pouch (DIY instructions)

If you're a reader, you know I'm a baby carrying junkie.  I believe my baby belongs as close to mama's heart as possible, as often as possible.  They're only little once...might as well get the most out of that snuggle time.  As promised though, this will be about a project instead of me talking about being a mama. :)

Now, my little guy believes the same...about his kangaroos, aka "roos", as well as his Teddy.  Or maybe it's just that he likes to wear his pals like his mama wears his sister.  He likes to have his "roos" as close to him as possible.  Unfortunately, every outfit doesn't have a "roo pocket" like overalls do.  So, I constructed him his own pocket/carrier, so he could keep his "roos" and teddies close to his heart. 
Of course, there has to be a bit of upcycling going on.  This is from a baby outfit that got too stained to pass on.  I salvaged a perfectly good applique to add to the carrier. Directions on how to make this carrier are at the bottom of this post.

The great thing about this carrier is important things (like little roos) can be in the pocket...

 Or you can just use the carrier to carry bigger Roos. 
Or still even bigger teddies.  That's the great part...it's adjustable.

 (Front view above, side view below). 
It holds up for dancing time too.  Which is important.
He's so fatherly.  He learns from an awesome daddy, that's for sure.

Needless to say, my little guy is a fan.
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Directions to DIY:
Dimensions of fleece pocket:  Rectangle measuring 17 in. x 8in.
Top straps:  two strips measuring 3 in. x 22 in.
Bottom straps:  3 1/2 in. x 22 in.

1) Fold short ends of rectangle in by 1/2 inch.  Stitch in place. 
2) Add applique to front of pocket, if desired.
3) Make straps. You'll have 2 thinner straps and 2 thicker straps. Fold straps in half, the long way, right sides together. Use 1/4 inch seam to stitch one short and the long edge.  Turn right side out.  Press.  Top stitch.  Repeat so you have 4 straps.
4) Pin right sides of pocket together.  With selvage edges together, pin the thinner straps in place at the top of the pocket and the thicker straps in place at the bottom of the pocket.  (You'll have to gather the bulk of the strap in the pocket while you stitch).  Stitch each edge of the pocket, 1/2 inch seam.  Turn inside out, press and top stitch. 

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