This was such a fun project! What I liked most about it is how it correlated to our words to remember in My Fathers World K unit: “I am safe in God” We talked about how joeys like to stay safe in the pouch of their mothers. And how we can do the same thing with God. Through obedience and living out His words from the bible, we too can stay under the protection of the Lord. We talked about how life is still hard and hard things will come our way, but that when we remain in Him He will equip us to handle those things.
It was just a great hands on visual lesson in “remaining in Him”
The kids loved wearing their pouches around and I think ALL their legs got a good workout because they were hopping around like crazy people all day!
Here is your how to:
What you need:
- Left over fabric (or buy the little quilting squares from Joanna’s for $1)
- Pillow stuffing or cotton balls
- Hot glue gun with glue sticks
- Fabric markers or sharpies
1. Print out the kangaroo template at the bottom of this post and cut it out.
2. Trace around it about 1/4 inch outside of the actual template onto your fabric-that way when you glue it, it still keeps it shape. Fold the fabric so you get 2 sides of your kangaroo when you cut it out.
3. Then hot glue the edges together (i put my glue gun on low setting so i didn’t roast my fingers when I pressed it together) leaving a small opening to stuff it. Stuff it with your filling and seal it up with hot glue.
4. Decorate the joey with markers
1. Using pinking sheers cut out a “u” shape pouch again using 2 sides of your fabric.
2. Glue the pouch together leaving the top open
3. Cut a ribbon the size you need to wrap around and tie at the waist. Glue the back top of the pouch to the ribbon. Use extra ribbon to decorate the top if you want, I made little loops using the hot glue every inch or so.
I love how they got little frayed edges from all the love they received, it makes them look almost vintage.
You can download the joey pattern here.