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Sew a Doorstep Care Pod

Make a Doorstep Care Pod from just what you have in your fabric stash quickly to gift to a friend or neighbour who may be struggling or in isolation. A really quick and easy sew.


Fill it with a box of tissues, a loaf of bread, nappies or a prescription you have collected for someone – or even a casserole – and leave on their doorstep to share the love and show you care. Or fill one for an overstretched health worker to show we appreciate them

As a designer I wondered what difference I could make with my skills – I know I can’t save the world, but I can give you a distraction, and I wondered if there was something I could create that would also help others, so I came up with a pattern for the Doorstep Care Pod.


This pattern and tutorial are completely free but you can perhaps make a difference by helping somebody in your neighbourhood.

There is the option to add weather resistant flaps to the top for if you are leaving outdoors on a doorstep for a while. (Not completely waterproof, but it will aid in a shower of rain to keep the contents protected)

I’ve developed the bag with integral handles and a really easy box bottom that lines up every time and it has a large square shape bottom to help the bag stand and to give lots of room in the bottom even for a dish

Download and add a tag to show you care


Finished bag approx 13 x 12”

But you can easily scale up or down to suit your needs

See the YouTube Sewalong Tutorial here: Doorstep Care Pod

Pattern Piece measurements:

Body 14 x 31”

Facing 14 x 4”

Weather resistant flap 11” Diameter circle cut in half

SA is 1cm (3/8”) unless otherwise stated


Download the templates for the handle and the tag here:  HANDLE


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Feel free to share this tutorial to anyone you know who sews.

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  • Sandra
    March 22, 2020

    Thank you for this sweet container. Such a great idea.

  • Home Parker
    March 22, 2020

    Thank You

  • Kate Morris
    March 22, 2020

    This looks wonderful, I love it, what a fabulous idea. You are so creative & thoughtful, a winning combination for me!

  • Sue
    March 22, 2020

    Thank you for your lovely, quick pattern and all the caring energy that is a part of it.

  • Terry
    March 23, 2020

    Thank you…appreciate your generosity!!!

  • Jan E.
    March 23, 2020

    Well done! Thanks so much from Texas.

  • Annie Nemie
    March 23, 2020

    Thank you

  • Sharon
    March 24, 2020

    Can’t wait to make this lovely but simple bag. Thank you very much. Happy Sewing !!!

  • Helly
    April 4, 2020

    Love it

  • Ranae
    April 27, 2020

    I am going to use duck canvas, instead of zigzagging do you think it’d be ok to use my pinking shears?

  • Joanne Ross
    November 27, 2020

    I can’t wait to make one. But I’m just wondering if I make one without the semi circle flaps, how would I turn the ‘handles’ inside out? I don’t know if I explained my question correctly.

  • Joanne Ross
    November 27, 2020

    Thanks! Will look at the video again. I’m sure it will make sense when I’m actually doing it 😉

  • Jeanette House
    October 7, 2021

    I love your patterns and have made so many but I repeatedly return to many of the freebie patterns like the bottle bag, care pack and the Owl tablet stand. These patterns never date!
    Like many of your fans I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of new patterns too. I should add all my makes are sold to support charities (over £4,000 this year).
    Now I really must get back to my latest Craggan order!

  • Barbara Gilbert
    December 22, 2021

    This marvelous bag’s intended purpose was incredible, and I loved it for that! Now it is going to be a Christmas gift for two dear book-loving friends as a book bag! One of them is in charge of the library at an over-55 community, and the other is a 92 year old who used to serve in that capacity, and still loves to read. I will add a pocket and a key leash inside, sewing this from a silvery gray coated canvas. I adore this bag! Thank you!


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