Toy Travel or Storage Bag

Toy Bag

Today I was looking around for a quick birthday gift to make for a friend’s son and found my new favorite quick-gift: a toy bag!  It’s technical term is a swoop bag. It was described as a lego bag but you could use it as a travel bag for any kind of toy.  Or for organizing any toy with lots of parts to it.  I’m going to make a large one to keep our girl’s doll house pieces in.  And then make some more travel size ones for our nephew’s and niece’s upcoming birthdays.  It would also make a great travel bag for me. Hmm.  The ideas are endless.  Did I mention it’s my new favorite thing to make?  It’s the little things…

Original Pattern: Lego Sack from Make It Perfect. If you are going to make this bag, you need to read this post first.  Below are just a few things I adapted from the original instructions.

My adaptations. 

Most of the adaptations were because I only had an hour to make this and was trying to cut out some steps to save time. It worked just fine doing it this way so I’ll probably just keep making them this way.

[1] I cut a fabric circle that was 18.5″ in diameter.  I wanted a small travel bag for legos not a huge storage bag. If you make this size, put the button holes only 1″ from the edge of the fabric, not 2″.  I didn’t think about that until later and ended up with more fabric above the cinch casing than I would have liked.

[2] I skipped cutting a square and cutting the pieces individually.  Instead, I pinned my fabric right sides together and used my laundry basket as a stencil to trace a circle.  I eyeballed and cut it out a 1/2″ above the line I traced (through both fabrics at once). I used the line as my sewing guide (after doing the button holes).

Laundry Basket Stencilremove one pin to sew button holes in lining.

[3] I kept the fabric pinned together when I sewed the button holes. So I wouldn’t have to line it back up again.  I took out one pin and folded back the outside fabric to sew the button holes in the lining fabric. (The blue fabric is the lining).

Sewing button hole in the lining.

[4] Once you have the button holes sewn, sew both pieces together along the traced line (leaving a turn hole open) and then follow the blog post instructions linked above to turn it right side out and finish the project.

Here is what it looked like after I had sewn, turned, ironed, and top stitched it:

Turned and With Casing Seam Sewn


[5] Finally, I used ribbon instead of sewing ties because I ran out of time.


Baby Waiting Projects

This week is the week I’m due with baby #3.  We finished up all our projects before Thanksgiving, our bags are waiting by the door, and our house is clean.  It’s been a relaxing week of no deadlines or commitments.  But sitting around twiddling our thumbs isn’t quite our style or idea of fun so here are a few baby waiting projects I finished up over the weekend. Figured might as well while I have the energy!  Or you can chalk it up to nesting :).

#1: Baby-Wearing Poncho Wrap

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I got the pattern from Here (Walking with Dancer’s Blog).  She has lots of pictures of how it will be worn.  This wrap will be perfect for errand running and walks during the winter.  Our front baby carrier doesn’t work well with my jacket.  And it’s hard to get the baby in and out if they are bundled up in lots of layers.  It was super easy to make and very warm!  It took 15 minutes to cut out 2 of them (one for a friend).  I just followed the measurements on the pattern below and poof: Done.

I did want a more finished looking edge so I decided to re-learn a basic crochet stitch. And then I was reminded why I never liked crocheting. But I still wanted that finished look so I used this tutorial on YouTube to figure it out. I didn’t have the fancy tool so I just used a craft awl I already had to punch holes.  There are instructions in the blog post for this but I got yarn that was too thick to do 3 stitches in one hole thus I needed a simpler stitch.

#2: Christmas Decorating

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We put up our tree the Sunday after Thanksgiving and I finally got a few other decorations out for our mantle, windows, and table.  The bulletin board is a new addition to that wall.  With a thermostat and a light switch located awkwardly in the middle of this wall I have been at a loss for what to with it.  Until this cork board was passed on to me and I saw an idea where someone had cut a hole to accommodate an intercom box.  So I cut a hole for the thermostat and light switch and love the result!  The background is black felt I had leftover from another project, cut to size, tucked under the frame edge, and then pined up with a silver thumb tack border.

#3: Popsicle Snowflakes

Project Inspiration and instructions are from CraftyNest.

These were also easy and quick to make (A must for projects when you know a baby can come at any moment!).  I glued them together and then let the girls paint them with me.  I didn’t have a Christmas Red that matched our poinsettias so I darkened the basic red I had with a couple drops of green.  Then finished them off with a clear acrylic sealer.  All in all these probably cost about a penny each to make.

Snowflake project