Thursday, 24 June 2010

."Peek-A-Boo" Toy Sack Tutorial.

Giveaway now closed - feel free to still leave a comment though!

{Thanks for the Toy Sack-love :) If you need an introduction to these toy sacks then read my previous post here.}

This is a long tutorial...stick with me...if you keep scrolling all the way down to the end, I've got a toy sack to GIVE AWAY! So if you aren't a sewer or want a toy sack without any work, now is your chance to enter :)


"Peek-A-Boo" Toy Sacks Tutorial!!!

To make a "Peek-A-Boo" Toy Sack, you will need:
One 10 3/4" x 12 1/2" rectangle of fabric cut from exterior and lining for front of bag
One 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" rectangle of fabric cut from exterior and lining for front of bag
Two 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles of fabric cut from exterior and lining for front of bag
One 16 3/4" x 12 1/2" rectangle of fabric cut from exterior and lining for back of bag
One 4 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangle cut from tablecloth plastic for window
One 1 1/2" x width of the fabric (40"-44") strip cut from contrast fabric for drawstring
One 2" x width of the fabric (40"-44") strip cut from contrast fabric for casing

FYI:
* Exterior fabric is blue/white zigzag
* Lining fabric is white
* Casing and drawstring fabric is red
* Plastic window is clear PVC "tablecloth" plastic - this comes in 3 thicknesses (from Spotlight), I use the middle thickness because it is strong but thin enough to use your regular sewing machine needle on.


Step 1.
Take one of the 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles of fabric cut from exterior and lay on the table with right side facing up. Take your rectangle cut from plastic sheet and lay on top of exterior fabric, matching up short edge of plastic strip with long edge of exterior fabric. Take one of the 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles of fabric cut from lining and lay on top of the plastic sheet with right side facing down. Match up raw edges (the plastic sheet should be sandwiched between the exterior and lining fabrics). Using pins on the plastic sheet will make holes, to hold in place, use a few paper clips along the raw edge.


Sew together along paper clipped edge, using 1/4" seam.

Repeat to attach other 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles of fabric cut from exterior and lining on the opposite short edge of plastic sheet. Fold fabric out so that wrong sides are touching. You can't iron near the plastic sheet, so firmly press seams flat with your fingertips.

Step 2.

Take the 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" rectangles of fabric cut from exterior and lining and attach to the bottom long edge of the plastic sheet and side pieces of fabric in the same way you attached the side pieces. Match up raw edges and pin or paper clip into place. You can use pins where you are joining fabric to fabric.

Sew along pinned/paperclipped edge using a 1/4" seam. Open out fabric so that wrong sides are touching and firmly press seams flat using fingertips.


Step 3.

Take the 10 3/4" x 12 1/2" rectangles of fabric cut from exterior and lining and attach
the top long edge of the plastic sheet and side pieces of fabric in the same way you attached the bottom piece. Open out fabric so that wrong sides are facing and firmly press seams flat using fingertips.

{Exterior of front of sack}

{Lining of front of sack}

Topstitch about 1/8" away from the edge around the entire window.



Step 4.

Make a hem at the top of the sack by taking front of sack and folding the right side of the top raw edge of exterior and lining fabrics under 1/2". Take the 16 3/4" x 12 1/2" rectangles of fabric cut from exterior and lining and fold the right side of the top raw edge of both pieces of fabric under 1/2".

Take lining back piece and lay on the table with right side facing up. Place front of sack so that exterior is facing up and front lining is facing back lining piece . Take exterior back piece and lay on top of the stack with wrong side up so that right sides of exterior fabric are facing.


Match up top folded edges of all four layers of fabric so that they are perfectly aligned (this will ensure a neat finish to the top hem of your sack.) Match up raw side and bottom edges of sack and pin into place. You should have four layers of fabric pinned together.


Sew together around pinned edge using a 1/4" seam. Trim bottom corners off sack, making sure not to clip your stitching.

Turn bag right sides out, pushing lining fabric inside exterior. Match up top folded edge of sack and pin front exterior and lining pieces together and back exterior and lining pieces together. Sew around pinned edge, close to the folded edge of the fabric.


Step 4.
Take strips cut from contrasting fabric for casing and drawstring and make a center fold by folding in half, length ways, so that wrong sides of fabric are touching. Open out and fold both long raw edges of fabric in towards the center fold.

A much, much easier way to do this is to invest in a couple of bias binding makers...they are GREAT! Very affordable (I think about $10 each?) and make light work of making binding. The two I used for this project are made by Clover. The pink one - 18mm is used for the 1 1/2" wide strip of fabric and is the size I use most often when making clothing. The blue one - 25mm is used for the 2" wide strip of fabric. (Nicole Mallalieu has a great tutorial showing how to use these cool gadgets on her blog).

Set thin drawstring strip aside for now.


Step 5.

Take thicker strip for casing and fold one short raw edge under about 1/2". Press.


Align folded edge of strip with side seam of sack. Position strip so that it is sitting about 1/2" from top edge of sack and pin into place. Continue pinning until strip has made it's way around the entire sack.



When you get back to the side seam you started at, trim the strip so that it overlaps the beginning of the strip about 1/2", then fold short raw edge of the end of the strip under 1/2" and align folded edge with the side seam of the sack. There should be an opening between the two folded ends of the strip, this is where you will insert your drawstring. Pin into place.



Sew around the top and bottom edges of the strip, close to the edge to secure strip into place and form casing for drawstring.


Take thin drawstring strip and fold in half, length wise once again so that raw edges of the strip are enclosed. Sew down opened edge of the strip, close to the edge to secure.


Attach a safety pin to one end of the drawstring and thread through the casing. Tie a knot at each end of the drawstring.


Snip stray threads and you are done!!

If you make a "Peek-A-Boo" Toy Sack, I would love to see it! Send me an email or add your photo to the Make It Perfect Flickr Group.


Okay - for the giveaway...

To win THIS "Peek-A-Boo" Toy Sack (made from Paula Prass, Summer Soiree, Chevron in Aqua) as well as eight 10" x 12" squares of Ta Dot fabric (used in my toy sacks) leave a comment on this blog post and share what else you could use a toy sack for besides organising toys...

For an extra entry, become a follower of my blog and leave a separate comment to tell me that you follow. If you are already a follower, leave a separate comment telling me so and you will receive an extra entry too.
The giveaway winner will be draw randomly next Monday evening, 28th June and is open to everyone :)

272 comments:

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Mama Hoot Designs said...

I am now following.

sewinggranny said...

what a neat sack what about a lunch for a picnic. A sack to take to a class like sewing or some other craft. Be nice to see what is in the bag and where it is.
beckie

Mary Ann Koonce said...

I would use the peek a boo bag to hold small sewing projects and to hold balls of thread that I use for embroidery work. I could see this for many things that you store, but cannot remember what or where you put it. It would be great for a single game to keep all of the pieces together as the boxes sometimes fall apart easily.

Theresa said...

This has got to be one of the most fantastic ideas....EVER!!! Where were these sacks when my twins were little??? I suppose I could make them up now and say it's for guitar picks and oodles of silly bands? Fabulous tutorial, too!

viagra online said...

My nephew gave my husband an amazing box. He likes doing this kind of crafts. Thanks for this idea!

Raccoon said...

briliant idear...just perfect.

is it okay if i use your picture to link to this tutorial on my blog??

stinne

http://raccoon-design.blogspot.com/p/diy.html

Eva Marie Harp said...

Hey,
You made my to-do list post. Check it out and Grap a button.Your lego bag was great but I love these. I also became a new follower.

http://www.couturiermommy.com/2010/10/to-do-list.html

Paula said...

I think this would make a neat trick-or-treat bag!

Sandra :) said...

I made this today - it's FABULOUS! I can't wait to make more of these for Christmas gifts - I have several little ones on my list and this would be such a great bag for lego or Barbie toys or army men!

Courtney said...

I am a new follower! :)

Louisa said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing it!

birdandbicycle said...

Love it! http://birdandbicycle.wordpress.com/2010/12/21/craftingshouldbehard/

Krista Shaffer said...

I made one :)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/72406419@N00/4844116472/in/photostream/

Thomas, Katie, and Eden said...

Thanks for the great tutorial! I linked you on my blog: http://middlebrookfamily.blogspot.com/2011/01/handmade-christmas.html. This was perfect for a gift I made for my daughter and nieces.

Needle in a haystack said...

Love this! I would definitely be using it for more than toys. I would incorporate into my knitting. it would be great for seperating my projects, but still allow me to see! :)

neubiewaters said...

If I made a smaller version it would be a cute lunch sack. It is also looking like a great place to put all my daughter's hair accessories!

marisa said...

We could use it for books from the library!

marisa said...

i'm a follower

Dan and Michelle said...

I was just going to make a generic toy bag and lucky for me I saw this fun tutorial for a cooler one. This bag would be great for organizing my little guys socks and undies in his drawers.

nopinkhere said...

I looked at your bags and thought "Who cares about the kids' toys, I need a new knitting project bag!"

Stonebridge said...

We need about 1,037 of these. Ok, maybe only 37. Adding you to my reader now and thank you!

StubbsFamily said...

So cute, we would use it as a dance bag.

bethanndodd said...

Adorable! Just pinned it on my Pinterest page...looking forward to making several of them! Thanks!
Oh, I came over from Made by Rae :)

Robyn said...

great for bringing everything to swimming lessons!

Kara said...

Hmmmm..... how about for a quiet time bag for church. They could hold books, crayons, snacks, etc. It is adorable, I am definitely going to make a few of these!

Chris and Sara said...

Oh my, LOVE IT. I think it would be great to use it for sewing materials also!

Chris and Sara said...

I'm a follower!

kate said...

ho freakin cool! would be a good beach or park bag too - perfect for a tiny picnic!!

Madcap said...

This is a great idea! Thanks for being generous with the tutorial. Please don't put me in the giveaway, b/c I have lots of time for making things and I enjoy it.

Question - is the plastic window washable?

Thanks!

Sew Flippin Cool said...

Super cute idea! I've included your tutorial in the post Must Make Monday- Bags on my blog, The Handmade Experiment. http://emilyflippinmaruna.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/must-make-monday-bags/

Thanks!
Emily

Summer said...

I love this! I'll be featuring it on my blog on Thursday - all credits and linked back to you!

http://sumossweetstuff.blogspot.com

Thanks!
Sumo:)

Warne Family said...

I am a follower!

Warne Family said...

I would use it to pack clothes or shoes when traveling!!!

Jessica said...

What a wonderful tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing this!

My neighbor is adopting two little girls from Africa in a few weeks (4mo. old and 4 year old). The whole neighborhood is going to throw them a "baby shower" of sorts. I would love to make one of these bags for the older girl and fill it with toys for her. (I also want to make one for my three nieces and two nephews for Easter!)

I do have a question for you though.

If I was to go to the fabric store and buy all the supplies, how much of both the liner and exterior fabric would I need for each bag?

Also, have you tried using interfacing on these bags? Was it successful, or just a pain?

Thanks so much for sharing! I will be sure to add my bags to the Flicker Photo Pool when I am done!

Marc said...

Anyone know of any PVC free alternatives for the plastic? Thanks!

Diana said...

Love this idea! This one is on my short to-sew list. Thanks for the tutorial and for contributing to all about the boy month. I have three boys and love all the inspiration.

cory - falling star lane said...

I love this! thanks for the tutorial, but i have a question: this calls for a plastic table cloth, i happen to have a super clear shower curtain, do you think it would work ok? is there a reason for the table cloth? i am hoping it will sew ok, i have tried to sew with plastic, and had problems which i am hoping to work out! if i remember correctly, the fabric bunched u, the plastic didn't move right - it wasn't pretty!
lol

Ene-Ly said...

I am a follower!!:)) And I'm starting sewing today this Toy Sack, because in our new home we dont have ja shelves, yet and this bag is a SUPER alternative!

Thanks for tutorial,

Mytsi Wabrik (Hat Factory)

shantel said...

I love this! I will feature it on the 30th!
seemesew.blogspot.com

Sparklenhare said...

This is the BEST tutorial I've ever seen!! If one can't sew it by this, they just need to stop trying...haha. I would use this bag for the hair products, etc. I always have to drag over to my daughter's house when I color or cut my grand-daughters and daughters hair. Maybe I'll find time to try and make some and color code them for the "stuff" that will go into them...who knows!!

Lisa Leggett said...

Howdy-doo! I just found your blog yesterday while looking for a little something to make for my nephew for his 9th birthday. He's a Lego-maniac, so I thought this bag would be a great gift for him. I made the bag tonight (just finished!) and used your tutorial, it was perfect! The bag came out great, I'm really pleased, so I just wanted to pop in and say thank you for sharing! I know he's going to love the bag, I made it with camoflauge & khaki fabrics, perfect for a 9 year old! I'm planning to make the other Lego bag tomorrow morning before his birthday party, nothing like last minute gift making! Anyway, thanks again for the clear concise directions! Have a great weekend!
Lisa

Canvas Bags said...

I saw your overall blog. This is so informative and useful for us. this is the solution to my toy organizing problem! even if I dont win I will make these! I think it would be cute to also stick gifts in them. thanks dah share...greetings good luck always...

Liz said...

I no longer have young kis, but I knit...just think, you could instantly tell which project is in which bag...I will make some of these

pene said...

I'm a new foller.Love this idea. I would use this as a gift bag for a baby shower part, thanks.

Alex Quinn 82 said...

What a cool idea to organize the kids toys ! Great idea especially when you are putting the toys away for when you rotate them.

Anonymous said...

This is a great idea ! Thank you for the tutorial. Cathie

Taylor Made said...

Thank you for this tutorial , I have finally gotten around to making one for my little guy's "zoobs" blocks. x

Tami said...

Just stopping by to let you know that I've featured your craft on Family Fun Crafts! You can see it here:
http://funfamilycrafts.com/peek-a-boo-toy-sack/


If you have other kid friendly crafts, I'd love it if you would submit them. :) If you would like to display a
featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

Maxine J.Jones said...

I truly appreciate this post. I've been looking all over for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You have made my day! Thx again
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Karrie Phillips said...

I would love this! I think anther great use for this is for a "emergency" car kit. You could put bandaids, medicines, granola bars, etc inside.

Shanni C said...

Hi I just wanted to let you know that I love this idea & can't wait to make them! I featured your post on my blog here:

http://bootybunsclothdiapers.com/cloth-diaper-blog.php

Please let me know if this is ok with you. :)

Thanks,
Shannon

Anonymous said...

that's funny. Not only does this blog have the same tutorial...your blog names are very similar as well.

http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2011/12/clear-toy-storage-bags-with-drawstring-closure.html

AllieCatsMom said...

Do you sell the Peek A Boo Toy Sacks? If so, how much? I think they are adorable, but if I have to wait until I have the time to make one...I might never have one!
Jennifer

Aaron, Jen, Cori and Bryson said...

Do you happen to sell these?

Amythest said...

These are very cute! I will be making some for my kids' toys! But winning one would be cool too!

Hat said...

These would be great for centers in the classroom! Thanks for the tutorial!

Anonymous said...

I just discovered this blog. I love it !! Great idea ! This bag could be used for many things, Thanks.

Erin Nagy said...

Made some of these into backpacks, here is a link to my Pinterest board, linked pin back to the tutorial, thanks for posting this very well done tutorial! :) http://pinterest.com/pin/152700243586407842/

Carrie Botterill said...

Hi. These are great. Do you sell them? Are you in the uk? X

Our Pinteresting Family said...

That is such a fantastic idea! I love it. :)

Kristi said...

Love the bag! I'm wondering how you store the bags with they toys in them? I'd love to see a post on that! Do they hang on pegs or sit in a bin, etc?

Sherri said...

These are the most amazing bags! I have made 6 of them - 4 in a larger size (my kids have too many toys!). Thanks for the well though out tutorial as well! http://threadridinghood.com/wordpress/made-by-me-monday-peek-a-boo-toy-sack/

Kathy Grom said...

Thanks for the great tutorial. I love the finished look when putting the lining in. Here is my version:
http://sunshinesews.blogspot.com/2013/03/peek-boo-toy-sacks.html

Anonymous said...

i cant wait to make these for busy bags!!

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shelly said...

Would make an excellent shower bag for college students!

Valerie Tripp said...

Hi! Tried to reach you through the "Contact Us" link but it's not working. I would be very interested in making these Peek a Boo bags for my small craft shop and wanted to speak to you about permission. Please get in touch via gracieandsamshop gmail com

Thanks!
Valerie

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Chris & Erin said...

I would love it if you could share the dimensions for more sizes. This could work for so many things! And I am thinking gift bags too!

Terrie Rodgers said...

Seeing this blog, post, toy bag, for the first time. So many great ideas, I must follow your great DIYs! Makes me want to learn to sew.

Terrie Rodgers said...

P.S. Thanks for sharing so many neat innovations and ideas! Just fun to look it all over while in amazement!

Rebecca Weekes said...

Hey! I absolutely love this pattern and the instructions helped me so much! I am wondering if I can get permission to sell these in my etsy shop? Many thanks Rebecca

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