DIY I Spy Bag - Handmade in the Heartland

DIY I Spy Bag

How to make an I Spy Bag Full Tutorial

My kids need church toys, they are 2 1/2 and 4 (almost, next week!) and 1 hour of church where they have to be quiet can some days feel like pure torture for all four of us.  It's definitely hit or miss if they have a nice quiet sit in the pew Sunday or a lets get 10 million drinks from the water fountain, lay under the pew and kick it and freak out over sharing toys type Sunday.  This cute little i spy bag is way more engaging that you might think and its a super simple do it yourself toy. As you may know I am a member of the fairfield world master makers team and this post originally posted on the fairfield world blog a little over a month ago. The poly pellets that are used as the filling in this project are made by fairfield world. So lets get started! 

How to make an I Spy Bag Full Tutorial

Supplies:
-Pencil Case with clear view window and 3 ring binder holes, I ordered THIS one.
-1″ Book Ring
-1-2 dozen little items to put inside (I purchased mine in the party favor aisle at party city)
-Camera, printer, laminator

How to make an I Spy Bag Full Tutorial

Above is the photo I took of all the small items that were going in the bag. I placed them on a white sheet of poster board and photographed them in the light of a window to get the most clear image. Then I printed out the photo in color on my home printer- I sized it to 4×6. I laminated the photo and then punched a whole and attached it with a book ring into one of the 3 ring binder holes on the pencil case. I did that step (attaching the ring to the pencil case) last, after stitching it closed.

How to make an I Spy Bag Full Tutorial

You might have been thinking to yourself “that looks like a huge mess waiting to happen, my three year old will unzip that thing first thing!” and that is exactly why you sew it closed so its not even a remote possibility! So after you’ve photographed your little items, pour them into your pencil case and then fill it with the poly-pellets. Fill it so its about 3/4 full, you want extra room to roll everything back and forth and to find all the items.  Zip it closed and take it over to your sewing machine and sew right next to the zipper so that its not able to be opened up.

How to make an I Spy Bag Full Tutorial

Clip on your ring with the photo and you are done! How easy was that? Like I said our gets quite a bit of use in our Sunday bag.  My daughter especially likes it, she loves to point to the little items in the picture and then gets very excited when she finally spots it in the bag.  My son has not been as thrilled with it, but has still played with it for a minute or two every Sunday. We have another one that has some disney items in it- pencil erasers with characters on them and those are by far my daughters favorite things to find, so if your child likes certain things try to put those in the bag.

How to make an I Spy Bag Full Tutorial

I think this is a great gift idea for birthdays or any holiday, or if you just want to make something fun for your child, niece, grandkid, etc. Happy making friends!

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