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Who knew making friends was as easy as chewing gum?
My daughter started high school this year, and she has always been a social, outgoing kid, but high school can be scary to even the most gregarious child. She was a little slow to find “her group,” and my momma’s heart really wished there was something I could do to help her. After a few weeks I noticed posts on her Facebook page from other kids, and almost all of them referenced chewing gum. She owed some of them a stick, and vice versa. I finally asked her, “What’s up with the gum.”
The simplicity of the answer blew me away – what’s an easy way for nervous freshmen to start talking to each other – “Hey, do you want a piece of gum?”
Why didn’t I think if that? This revelation immediately got my wheels turning, and I wanted to give her a little gift to brighten her day and help her on her mission to find some new friends. When I was browsing Target, I found the new Extra® Gum Spearmint 35-stick package and Extra® Gum Polar Ice® 35-stick packages. Not only do these convenient, larger stick packages allow you to share more gum without running out, there is a Cartwheel Coupon for 10% off during the month of February. This was the perfect addition for the little gift I was going to put together for my daughter.
Today I am sharing the pattern and instructions for making an easy, felt pouch that can be tucked into a backpack, desk drawer, purse, that carries the essentials, like some cash, maybe headphones, and in this case an Extra® Gum Spearmint 35-stick package.
I based the pattern for the pouch around the package the gum came in, since it is much larger than a traditional package. She won’t have to worry about running out of gum, and will have plenty to share with her friends.
Felt Pouch Tutorial
1 8 x 11″ piece of felt
1 skein of embroidery floss
Print off the pattern, cut out the pieces, then pin them to the piece of felt and cut them out. Use 1 piece of embroidery floss and attach the button the the piece labeled front. Then use 2 pieces of embroidery floss to whip stitch the pieces together. When finished, orient the flap over the button and cut a slit the button will fit into.
Don’t be intimidated by this project if you aren’t a seamstress! I haven’t done much hand-sewing for over 15 years, and my finished product is far from perfect, but I love the way it turned out, and better yet, my daughter loved it! I am going to get some different colors of felt and whip one up for my desk drawer and purse, because let’s face it, we have all experienced times when we wish we would have had a piece of gum or a little cash!
I’ll never forget the first date I went on with my husband. We ate Indian food, which was amazing. But, as you can imagine, our breath afterwards was not. Talk about level 10 awkwardness on your first date. Thankfully we got past the stinky breath and have now been married for over 4 years, but I really wish I would have had a cute little pouch with a big pack of Extra® Gum Spearmint 35-stick package in my purse.
So whether you have a nervous child headed into a new situation, I hope this gives you some inspiration to give extra, get extra and strike up a conversation over a pack of gum. Check out your options on this page, and tell me what your favorite flavor is below!