Sunday, January 12, 2014

Make an I Spy Bag

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Kids love these I Spy bags…they are great in the car or at home to keep kids occupied and distracted.  Truthfully, the first time I saw one of these was in the hospital.  I am a nurse as some of you may know and for five years I worked on the IV team and I worked a lot on pediatrics.  There were all kinds of distraction techniques that the nurses and child life therapists used to take the kids’ minds off the painful stick.

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I saw one that was tiny, made of a felt that couldn’t be washed, but was really cute.  I decided to make one and had a lot of fun collecting little tiny things to go inside it.

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This is the back…I just used scraps of fabric. one square that was about 8 inches and then a contrasting piece across the middle for fun.  I think the bag was about 7 inches square finished.

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To make the front, I cut four squares 6 inches each.  I folded each square in half diagonally and pressed them, then laid them out as shown above.  Then I laid them out on a square of heavy clear plastic (the kind you buy at a fabric store).  I stitched along each triangle edge and around the outside edge as well.

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Trim away the extra plastic. 

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And now you have this…

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Remember no pressing from this point out as the plastic will not like it.  I tried that once and had to start all over!

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Now lay it right sides together with the back of the bag.  I never worry too much about it all being perfect, when it is stuffed it’s hard to tell if the seams are perfectly straight.

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Now sew the edges using about a 1/2 inch seam.  Leave a small area, about 2-3 inches for turning it right side out and stuffing.

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Now you have it finished except for the stuffing.  Turn it right side out and smooth the seams with your fingers. 

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Fold under the open edges so they can be seamed up after you get it stuffed.

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Find all sorts of little things that will appeal to your recipient.  I collect little character erasers, little animals, some craft pom poms, all sorts of things that are NOT SHARP! 

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You want to avoid things that are sharp like this little dino with the pointy tail.  I was afraid he would puncture the plastic and cause a leak.

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I use Poly Pellets for the stuffing.  They are semi transparent round pieces of plastic.  You want to avoid overfilling with these pellets so the little animals etc. will still be visible.

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I toss my critters, trucks and erasers and pom poms in the bag and follow with the pellets.

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Those little animal sets in the $1 section at Target are perfect size and price!

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Pin up the open edge and sew it up quick before the pellets run out.

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And now you can admire your handiwork!

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I love the elephants and the polka dots on the back.

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There’s an eraser giraffe…

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and a sparkly pom pom…

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And a little car…

Christmas Chaos

I meant to get a picture of Brady opening the I Spy bag, but it was such bedlam that I missed it.  Plus he had so many fun things to look at he was going ten different directions at once!

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But I am pretty sure he liked it!  I can tell by the look on his face…

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I will be linking to these great parties!



Unknown said...

I have seen these before and they are such a great idea!! I'm expecting my first little one, so it will be a while before they will be interested in this sort of toy, but I am CERTAINLY pinning this for later!! Thanks so much for sharing!

Chris Dodsley @made by ChrissieD said...

Very cute idea, one for my pinterest boards :D

Kristine@thefoleyfam said...

GREAT fun idea Ellen! Can't wait to make one for my girl's! Thanks for linkin up to Sunday FUNday!

genie said...

What a creative idea, and I can see how any young child would love to have one. The way the little goodies are in the middle is sososo cute. A fun thing to make. genie

Maggie said...

What a fantastic idea! Never seen one before. I'll be pinning too. Thanks for sharing and for a great tutorial xx