Cold and flu season is in full swing!Â And while being sick is no fun any time, it is even worse when you are away from home.Â Last year one of the things my daughter, Grace, and her friends found worst about being away at college was being sick, because there was no one to take care of them and worry about them.Â So this year my children and I decided to make a â€œFeel Betterâ€ gift basket for her friends, so they can be ready when the inevitable illness hits.
A few years ago Grace made fabric Kleenex pocket packs for all her friends and relatives, so this seemed like a good time to resurrect that craft and make pocket packs for all her college friends too.Â These are perfect for carrying in a backpack, and keeping your Kleenex neat.
I went shopping at Walmart to find all the components necessary for a gift basket, and fabric for our craft.Â You can see my entire shopping trip in my #ShareTheSoft Google Plus album. The 4 packs of Kleenex at Walmart had a coupon on them for $4 on Vudu.Â We have been using Vudu for a few months, and love it, so this was a great deal for us.Â What I like about Vudu is that you can rent or buy movies from the comfort of your own home, and it couldnâ€™t be easier.Â To redeem our credit I simply entered our voucher code, and the $4 credit was applied to our account.
Many movie rentals at Vudu are $3.99, so we were able to rent a movie for free with the code!Â There were lots of new releases available, and we settled on Total Recall for a family movie.
This promotion is a great deal, and the credit is good for a year, so you can even save it for the next time everyone is sick and wants to lay around and do nothing but watch TV!
When Grace made the Kleenex pocket packs a few years ago I was not involved in the process at all.Â My mom taught her how to make them, and Grace did all the work.Â So this was the perfect chance for Grace to teach her sister and I how to make them.Â It turns out they are very, very simple, and take no time at all to make.
We simply cut out two pieces of fabric, each 6 inches wide by 7 inches long.
One fabric is the lining, and one is cover fabric. We used white for a lining and variety of different fun prints for the cover.Â Then we pinned the two pieces of fabric right sides together, and sewed around the entire edge, leaving a few inches unsewn for turning the fabric.Â We used the edge of the presser foot as our seam width guide.
Then we trimmed the corners to make them less bulky and turned the piece right side out.Â We used a pencil to poke out the corners so they were nice and square.
Then we ironed the piece, and folded it in half lengthwise, with right sides together and the lining fabric on top.
We sewed up the sides, and turned the piece right side out, using the pencil to poke out the corners again.Â The result is a handy little pouch, the perfect size for holding a pocket pack of Kleenex.
It took us less than 30 minutes to make three of the pouches, since it really is a very simple pattern.Â Then we put together a gift basket with lots of necessities for a cold.Â We included Kleenex, cough drops, nasal decongestant, cold medicine, Vitamin C, and even chicken soup!Â It was a fun family project, and I know that Graceâ€™s friends will appreciate the care package with college starting back up next week.Â This was a great activity for spending time with my daughters during the wind down of the holidays, and kept us in the gift giving spirit.
Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective BiasÂ®Â Social FabricÂ® Community.Â This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective BiasÂ® and KleenexÂ® Brand TissuesÂ #CBias #SocialFabricÂ All opinions are my own.