achievement unlocked: fitbit pouch

first sewing project of 2015: done.


it’s just a little pouch for my fitbit. i bought a fitbit zip in october. i chose it because it can clip into a pocket & will count your steps even when your arms aren’t moving. people generally seem to be a lot more stoked about the fitbit flex, which you can wear as a bracelet, but it tends to malfunction when your arms aren’t moving, like when you’re pushing a stroller. & most of my walking takes place while i’m pushing a stroller.

the problem with the clip that comes with the zip is that it breaks really easily. like, really easily. it has a little plastic bit on the back that is supposed to hold everything in place, but when that little piece inevitably snaps off (mine lasted about six weeks), the case gets all warped & the fitbit falls out all the time & it’s a giant pain in the ass. the fitbit works fine if you just keep it in your pocket, but what about when you don’t have any pockets?

i spend A LOT of time just hanging around the house in my pajamas. i have been known to put on a nice outfit for taking ramona to playgroup or the library or whatever, & then changing back into my jammies the second i get home. & none of my pajama pants have pockets. one of my pajama shirts has a pocket, but i can’t just wear that shirt all the time. so i made this little pouch to snap into my pajama pants.


i made the pouch out of scraps. i cut two pieces of fabric left over from the honeybun pouf i made last winter to be three inches by two inches. i like things to be lined, so i cut some newsprint fabric left over from the quilt i made for david & alana last christmas the same size. i set the snap in place before sewing because i knew it would be impossible to do it once it was sewn together, since it’s so tiny & narrow. then i made a basic lined pouch, set the corresponding snaps into all of my pajama pants in the area of where a pocket might be, on the inside so ramona doesn’t grab at it.

done & done! the pouch is so tiny & unobtrusive (it finishes at 1.5″ by 2.5″) that i can leave it snapped in place even while i’m sleeping. it’s narrow enough that the fitbit fits perfectly without extra space to slide around. & it’s deep enough that it’s not going to pop out while i move around.

thrilling, huh? yeah, this is hardly a hand-beaded couture party dress. but you know. i had a problem, i sewed a solution.

speaking of having problems & sewing solutions, jared made a new year’s resolution to try to mend all the random clothes he has that are falling apart. first on deck is a pair of jeans from H&M that somehow still has the whole thigh/crotch area intact (that’s always the first to go for me), but the pockets are destroyed. not only have the pocket bags essentially disintegrated, but the front of the pockets have started to detach from the rest of the pants. he consulted with me about how to tackle the mending & i gave him some denim scraps left over from the suspender skirt i made over the summer.

he decided to hand-sew because he doesn’t really know how to use a sewing machine (& sorry, but i wasn’t going to volunteer–i have my own stuff i want to sew), & he suggested we watch an episode of “parks & recreation” while he worked on it. (he’s on season 4.) FOUR EPISODES LATER, he had sewed maybe five or six inches. i felt kind of bad for him. i probably could have had the pocket patched up in less than half an hour. it’s taking him HOURS. what he’s finished looks pretty nice, but damn. i forgot how labor-intensive & time-consuming sewing is when you don’t really know what you’re doing. he confirmed that he hadn’t hand-sewed anything since he was 20 years old, sewing patches on to his punk hoodie.

Published by Ciara

Ciara Xyerra wrote zines for the better part of two decades. She has a brilliant & adorable preschooler named Ramona & sews as much as she possibly can. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her boyfriend. She enjoys catching up on "The New Yorker", meatball subs, keeping it cranky, intersectional post-third wave feminism, dinosaurs, & monsters. If you have nothing nice to say, she recommends that you come sit here by her, so you can say not-nice things together.

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