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I Spy Bags

Oh my goodness!  Is it just me, or does time seem to be speeding up?  The days seem to be just flying by, and I can't believe I haven't posted anything in over a week!  I do have lots of things I have been working on, as always, and I have a quick and easy project to share today.

This weeks challenge over at The CSI Project is "Summer Boredom Busters".  I just love a good challenge!  So, my project is a DIY I Spy Bag.

To make this, I used fleece, vinyl, multi colored beads, and lots of miscellaneous trinkets!

These trinkets have been collected mostly over the last year.  Whenever I go to a craft store, I always check the clearance sections for buttons, small craft items, beads, etc.  I have found so many cute buttons that were marked down to just ten cents!  I love it!  I have also purchased some small items from Oriental Trading Co.  The GIANT bag of beads is actually the type of bead that you can make a little animal or something out of them and then iron them together.  Remember those? Anyhow, OTC was having a sale, and I got that whole bag for $5.99!  The rest of the trinkets are just little toys that I find laying around my house that I have started collecting, instead of throwing out!

Okay.  Here's what you do.  Using pinking sheers, cut out two squares, the same size.  I cut mine to seven inches.  (You could really do this with any shape, but since my sewing skills are still so limited, I just stuck with a square!  However, once I get a bit better, I would love to try making something like...an owl.  Or a princess crown.  Or a princess! Or...let's move on!)  After you cut your squares, cut a peek-a-boo space in one of your squares.  It can be any shape.  Again, I stuck with straight lines.

Next, cut a piece of vinyl a bit larger than your peek-a-boo.  (I don't know why I am saying peek-a-boo.  It just seemed to fit.  Sorry if it is annoying!)  I got my vinyl at Hobby Lobby in the fabric department.  It comes in huge rolls and was placed with all of the upholstery fabrics.

Next, I pinned the vinyl to the fleece on the back side to make sure that I had it lined up correctly.  Then, I flipped the fleece over and repinned the front, removing the pins on the back.  I did this because I have learned that the vinyl sticks to the presser foot, so it is best to have the vinyl underneath the fleece, and just sew on the top.  (This step will make more sense once you actually try this project!)

Once you have your vinyl pinned, carfully sew around the edges.  I actually did two rows. It's not great, but I am learning and my kids are not picky!

Then you will pin your squares together...

...and sew around three sides, leaving an opening for your goodies.

Now you are ready to fill your bag.  Here are the items I "hid" in my bag.  That little froggy cracks me up!

Just be sure not to over fill your bag.  You want to make sure this is room to manipulate the beads around to get the hidden trinkets to the surface.  Once you have stuffed your bag, stitch the top closed and you're done!

There are many variations you could do with this project.  One thing I tried was using regular poly fill beads. I personally like the look of the multi colored beads in the bag.  Plus I think it makes it harder to find the items. 

This project took me about 35-40 minutes to complete.  An experienced seamstress could probably do it in ten! I was going to save these for our next road trip, but the kids are already having fun with them, so I think I will just have to make some more! In the mean time, I am going to link up to The CSI Project and check out all the other boredom busting ideas!

Enjoy the Son!

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Hi, Lovey! You mean NOT overfill the bag, right? I'm sure your readers/fans get that idea already, though. These bags are too cute, and so are you!!!

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Pittenger

Very nicely done Holly! And as a matter of fact our family has a road trip coming up-- about an 8hr one to Kansas City. I think I definitely have to make a few too these. Thank you for the great step-by-step!

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Oops! Great catch, Sarah! I made the correction!

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

Great Holly, I am sure Q and M will enjoy them so much!!!

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I was at a teacher supply/toy store today and saw these SAME I Spy Bags priced at $16.99! And the fabric wasn't nearly as cute as yours, Holly! Great job on the cheap!

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Pittenger

Very cute. I make it look so easy to make. My daughter has an I Spy bottle but really want to make her a bag. They take up less room.

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngee

Oh these are adorable! I wish I had these when my kids were little ;)

I run Fun Family Crafts, a site similar in nature to Craftgawker and Spotlight, but different in that it's a library of craft tutorials geared only at kids. I would love it if you'd stop by and submit this to be featured! (I link to you, I don't post your tutorial on the site) Feel free to submit as many kid friendly craft tutorials as you like! http://funfamilycrafts.com/

August 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

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