Category Archives: Making Lei


Here are directions to make a bedside pocket for a Father’s Day gift.

It looks like this, with a big pocket for a book or personal electronics and smaller pockets for pen and paper or eyeglasses or cell phone. You can adjust the size of the pockets based on what kinds of things it will be used to hold.

It goes in between the mattress and box spring like this.

You will need:

Sturdy fabric and thread to match or contrast. (Don’t use knit or stretch fabric)

Sewing machine and tools including –

    Measuring tape



Cut or tear a piece of fabric 24″x10″. (61cm x 25 1/2cm)

Next cut a pocket 9″ by 10″ (23cm x 25 1/2cm) and a smaller pocket piece 7″ x 10″ (17 1/2cm x 25 1/2 cm)

Press under 1/2 ” (1 1/4cm) on the longer side of the pocket pieces.

Then fold over and press another inch, (2 1/2cm).

Sew across this folded edge. I used contrasting thread and a zigzag stitch for decoration.

Repeat for the smaller pocket.

Pin or baste the smaller pocket on top of the larger one, keeping the bottom edges even.

The next photo shows chalk marks to divide the small pocket into sections. Leave 1/2″ (1 1/4cm) for seam allowance and then measure over 2″ (5cm) more from the left side and mark the small pocket from top folded edge to bottom. Make another mark 2′ (5cm) more to make another pen section and notepad section.

Sew along chalk lines reinforcing stitches at the top edge.

Place the pocket pieces on top of one end of the long fabric piece, keeping the right sides of fabric facing each other. Sew around the three outer edges in a 1/2″ (1 1/4cm) seam. Reinforce and trim the corners.

Pink or seam the other end of the long piece. Fold it over, right sides facing and press at 9 1/2″ (24cm). Sew a 1/2″ (1 1/4cm) seam at the raw edges. It will overlap the pockets.  Reinforce and trim the corners.

Turn it all right side out.

Press as needed .Brush off the chalk marks and fill with a new pen, etc.  Have fun and let me know how it goes for you.

See also how to make a crown or seatbelt strap cover

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Posted by on May 20, 2011 in How to, Making Lei


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Feel Good Friday

The Girl Next Door Grows Up started this Feel Good Friday meme. See lia sophia’s blog, ( the current hostess) for the Mclinky.

My happy day included receiving size 50 knitting needles in the mail. I won them in an auction on eBay. I love using e-snipe to minimize bidding wars.

In two hours I got 1/3 of a baby blanket finished —

And in 20 minutes I can make an eyelash lei —

I am having fun and it gets better. Soon I’ll be getting my first circular knitting needles.

Have your best day ever!

© 2011 Jeanne Litt, All rights reserved.

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Posted by on May 6, 2011 in Abundance, Making Lei, Uncategorized


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For other lei, see pikake, braided, spiral, or candy lei. This photo shows what we will be making in this post.

It was very easy to make these eyelash lei. The one on the left was a crocheted chain that I went back over with single crochet stitches. It was a little thinner than I wanted so I did the one in the center with a chain of crochet and then double crocheted back over it. I used a size K hook.

The one on the right is knitted. I found using my #15 needles and two strands of eyelash, that 80 stitches ended up to be 40 inches long, (102 cm.). I knitted three rows. I like it the best of these three. The knitting curls around to your advantage.

All you need is some eyelash yarn, scissors and a crochet hook or knitting needles.. You can use one or more colors. The eyelash is so soft to work with and against the skin.

I started knitting with 4 strands at once and that worked well, so I went with 6 strands. All I did was cast on 80 stitches and knit a row as I cast off and it has a lovely thick feel to it.

You could crochet around in a spiral like for the rattail spiral lei. When I try that the softness of the yarn makes it collapse in and I get frustrated working with it. It works more easily, if you pair it with rattail for some heft.

Tie the ends together and weave in the ends. Aloha. Have fun!

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Posted by on April 30, 2011 in How to, Making Lei


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