so. here's how i made Sadie's I Spy bag! it's so easy. the hardest part is finding stuff to fill it with!
for those of you in the bay area, i found a lot of my trinkets at affordable treasures in Los Gatos. the rest i found around the house, or in my scrapbook stash.
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trinkets to fill it with
and...the regular cast of sewing stuff: machine, thread, scissors, rotary cutter...
first, cut out two pieces of your fleece and one piece of vinyl. I cut mine to be about 11x11 inches.
find something circular to trace around for the opening. make sure it's big enough to see the trinkets through when it's finished! trace your circle on the wrong side of your fleece with a disappearing ink pen.
sew around your mark, through the vinyl AND fleece...in the picture below you can see i did one straight stitch, and one zig zag. for looks mostly...
now take some sharp scissors and cut around the inside of the stitches on the fleece side, staying as even as possible around the edge. (not wonky like i did)
before sewing your pieces together, if you want to sew the paper with the items on it INTO your back piece, now would be the time. i printed mine off to the size card stock I wanted, and sewed it underneath a piece of vinyl. easy peasy! I've also seen people laminate the cards and sew it to a ribbon attached to the bag.
so back to the bag:
now would be the time to straighten up any edges that became uneven with your rotary cutter.
pin together on three sides...and sew the pieces together with a zig zag stitch about 1/4-1/2 inch from the edge.
fill with your goodies and plastic pellets (a few cups worked well for this size, but I didn't really measure), and pin and sew the fourth side together, making sure your stitches meet at the corners nice and tight so you don't have any gaps for pellets to leak out! Trim down your vinyl on the edges as close as you can, or cut around the circle before sewing together to eliminate stiffness on the front. I probably would have done that if I had thought of it...but I'm too lazy to undo the stitches.
now, hand over to a child and watch the fun begin!