Puzzle Pockets

I never know what to do with puzzle pieces. You can’t just throw the puzzle in the toy box because all of the pieces will get lost, and all of the pieces get all mixed up, it drives me crazy. So today I made pockets on the backs of my puzzles, easy and best of all the puzzle pieces stay right in the back and not scattered in toy box. And my son loves putting them in and taking them out. They are easy to make, cut a fleece square (or whatever fabric you want) the size you want, cut out a flap, sew on velcro, and hot glue it in place on your puzzle back. Just make sure you make the opening narrower than the bottom of the pocket, so that it leaves some room for stuffing in the pieces. :)

31 Responses to Puzzle Pockets

  1. Jennifer January 31, 2009 at 3:18 am #


  2. Michelle January 31, 2009 at 8:57 pm #

    Holy cow-this is brilliant! Thanks for sharing!

  3. rachel griffith February 1, 2009 at 12:08 am #

    that’s genius and i’m smacking myself thinking, “why didn’t i think of that???”

  4. Mel February 1, 2009 at 10:16 am #

    Speachless! So simple!

  5. Mrs. Doodle February 2, 2009 at 7:15 pm #

    You are a genius. I am so going to use this idea. I have stepped on a couple of puzzle pieces and put them up because I felt like they were just going to get lost. NOT ANYMORE. Thanks!

  6. Heather February 24, 2009 at 3:56 am #

    You are so smart! I love this. Now I can keep some of my kiddo’s things organized. We have cubbies, we have drawstring bags, we have messes:). I guess that is what I get for having my two little sweethearts share a room. They are lovely little ones, but they can be messy tornados. Thank you for helping.

  7. Julie March 15, 2009 at 9:35 pm #

    What a great idea! I dread putting all the puzzle together so I can put them away, but this will solve that problem:)


  8. Sharon March 26, 2009 at 1:54 am #

    Finally made some today! Thanks for a great idea!

  9. Amy May 17, 2009 at 12:09 pm #

    This. Is. An. Awesome. Idea! Totally going to copy you.

  10. Caroline May 26, 2009 at 8:40 pm #

    Brilliant! You just made my life so much easier. I don’t make comments enough but thank you for so many great ideas.

  11. Dulce June 10, 2009 at 2:56 pm #

    Fabulous! I'm going to start doing this tonight! Thank you so much for the idea!!

  12. nap time journal June 10, 2009 at 3:18 pm #

    I have those same puzzles! This is SUCH A GREAT IDEA!!!


  13. Marcy June 11, 2009 at 6:40 pm #

    I am hearing Angels singing. What a great idea. We are always getting pieces mixed up and it drives me NUTS.

  14. Jedda June 14, 2009 at 8:09 pm #

    Loving this! I have puzzle monsters at my house and pieces everywhere. Hope you don't mind if I link :)

  15. Shannon February 16, 2010 at 6:50 pm #

    total genius! If I can find all the pieces to the puzzles, I'm soooo going to do this!

  16. kim March 12, 2010 at 2:49 pm #

    what an awesome idea…i've got to make one for all of our puzzles!

  17. Aubrey May 25, 2010 at 12:25 am #

    This is brilliant! I sometimes cringe at the thought of buying more puzzles because I know the pieces will eventually get lost, but this solves that problem so easily! I think I'm going to stock up my little ones on new puzzles now :)

  18. Liz @ LivingMySweetLife June 7, 2010 at 3:11 am #

    You're a genius! I really enjoy your blog!!

  19. Within A Quarter Inch June 7, 2010 at 10:09 pm #

    My goodness. I found this just in time. We are about to move to a new State and my son loves puzzles. Sometimes just the pieces. Sometimes just the boards. and Sometimes he even likes to put the puzzle together. I had no idea how I could pack them so that they would be nice to open again. I was even considering wrapping them in saran wrap! This is much for clever, and permanent, for that matter. And he will love putting them and dumping them out. dumping is great fun.

  20. Jackie Davis July 30, 2010 at 8:37 pm #

    This is a GREAT idea!!! Thanks MUCHO!

  21. A Momma March 13, 2011 at 3:48 am #

    Ah!!! This is genius! Totally doing this. Thank you.

  22. shantel April 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    I love this idea! I am featuring it on my blog!

  23. afwifemomcrafter May 27, 2011 at 11:28 pm #

    Found this post somehow and just got all my childrens wood puzzles taken care of. Thank you for sharing this – way back when. LOL! :-D

  24. Hobbyaholic (April) July 20, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    stumbled upon your link during a browse through thecraftcave.blogspot.com

    I'm fascinated by your blog. Siging up to follow you now. Love the puzzle pocket. Solves our crisis of missing puzzles pieces.

  25. Sewing-Chick July 28, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    Love this! I wanted to let you know I made some too and on my blog, I linked back to you :)

  26. country girl September 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    Ok, duh! What a completely genius but yet common sense idea! We have puzzles up the wo-ho and finding all the right ones is always a challenge. Excellent tip!

  27. Jamie December 6, 2011 at 1:58 am #

    BRILLIANT! All the other comments basically say the same – but I just had to throw my two cents in as well! Definitely doing this project TOMORROW! :)

  28. Ashana April 11, 2013 at 12:34 am #

    Thank you very much for sharing this superb idea, I having putting them in individual bags and often pieces go missing.

  29. miaismine June 22, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    I tried, and may I mention, LOVED this pin today for some toddler puzzles – the ones with handles on them. After adding 2 – 3 inches to the width of the felt, I glued the pocket down gathering it at the bottom. This left plenty of room for the pieces. Awesome idea! Thank you, Allison!

  30. Becky March 5, 2018 at 6:57 am #

    I’m obviously very late to this party, but THANK YOU! What a brilliant idea! You literally made my day. Now to go fire up the glue gun 🤓

  31. SoCalQOV July 11, 2018 at 9:35 am #

    I always put the finished puzzle in a large ziplock bag, and that way it stayed flat and would stack.

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