Step 1: SUPPLIES
Helpful tip: Some people do not like the smell of burlap, you can wash it and see if that don't remove the smell but I would wash on delicate, cold and dry low heat. If you don't want to risk it use muslin or a fabric texture of your choice. If you are a beginner sewer I would recommend making your first bag out of a sheet or clothing. I would not use your favorite fabric. The second time you make a pattern you always do a better job and usually find better ways to make it.
When buying fabric check for the washing instructions at the end of the fabric bolt. Make sure you purchase fabric blends that will wash good together. In doubt I always wash in cold water, gentle cycle and low heat. I do not know if that is the rule of the thumb but it works for me. Now that I have made this pattern I would make some changes. This instructable will not show these steps but I will mention them. I would make the bag smaller. Find a paper bag that is constructed like a lunch bag in the size you want, that would make a perfect bag pattern for you. Just carefully peal the bag apart and use that as a pattern. That is what I did, only I made the bottom differently. I cut off the bottom totally. Then I measured the bottom of the bag and jotted down the measurements. Then I added sides to it to create more width. You just measure the ends of the bag and cut the sides to fit and add the depth for the length.
I think the mouse would have been cuter if I made it smaller. If you make it smaller I would omit the interfacing on the mouse and add interfacing to the wrong side of the lunch bag fabric to give it more stiffness. I would Hand sew , glue, or Velcro all the felt. I would line the inside pocket and leave the ends open to slip the Capri Sun packets inside, then sew the sides together. Instead of a felt bow I would use satin. I would make her whiskers longer and up higher on her face. I would reshape her butt! I am planning on making another critter and when I do I will make it an instructable so stay tuned! I will probably do a step by step video along with it.
IF ANYONE KNOWS HOW TO GLUE CAPRI SUN PACKETS THAT WILL BE AIR TIGHT AND HOLD WATER PLEASE LET ME KNOW. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE TO USE THE CAPRI SUN SEPARATELY SO ONE COULD FREEZE THEM BUT SUPER GLUE MADE FOR PLASTIC DID NOT HOLD. I was greatly disappointed.
IMAGINATION FOR CREATING
Medium sewing experience using pattern, lining, and sewing by hand or machine, knowledge of braiding, using interfacing (can omit.)
1 Yard burlap fabric or fabric of your choice. You might consider muslin, for lunch bag exterior (better to have a little extra)
1 Yard lining
1 Yard fusible interfacing If you want your bag to be stiffer otherwise a piece of interfacing about 20x24 for the ears, nose, face, cheese, and butt, or not at all.
1 Grey felt for face, butt, ears,
1 lighter Grey felt for lining the ears, face, and butt.
1 pink felt for nose, and inside the ears
1 white felt for eye center
1 black felt for eyes
1 dark yellow felt for chese
1 lighter yellow felt for cheese lining and bow
1 silk flower embellishment
1 heavy piece of cardboard for purse bottom approx 17 7/8 inches
8 Capri pouch packages clean and dry
6 grocery bags normal size for handles
Anything to mark fabric with
1 brown Yarn for tail, whiskers, and hair ( I would use a thin yarn)
Pinking sheers if you have them if not cut the cheese holes with scissors
Fabric glue or Velcro if you want to glue instead of sew
Hand sew, fabric glue, or Sewing machine
Paper for pattern
Yard stick or straight edge if you have one.
PC for copying pattern link
PATTERN www.dltk-teach.com/rhymes/paper_bag_mouse_puppet.htm I altered this coloring page a lot! I made it quite a bit smaller, no hands, and made a butt for her, by cutting a heart out of paper and cutting off the pointed area and sized to fit critter. The Butt measures 5 inches wide by 2 3/4 deep. Face is 4 5/8 square. Ears measure 3 3/8 deep and 4 wide. After you make those, size the inner ear, nose, eyes, cheese, whiskers and hair to suit your preference.
Step 2: GATHER AND ORGANIZE YOUR SUPPLIES
GATHER AND ORGANIZE YOUR SUPPLIES
PRINT PATTERN and cut it out. www.dltk-teach.com/rhymes/paper_bag_mouse_puppet.htm
Make sure fabric is on grain and has a straight edge.
CUT OUT PATTERN PIECES (OUTSIDE OF PURSE)
YOU WILL NEED FOR CRITTER:
Making sure you cut every piece exactly alike ensure better results with less mistakes. Cut out only 2 at a time ensures better results. In other words you don't want to layer several different fabrics together and cut a truck load. By doing it this way each piece will vary in size and shape.
1 FACE OUT OF DARK GREY FELT 4 5/8 INCH SQUARE
2 EARS DARK GREY
1 BUTT DARK GREY
1 NOSE PINK
2 INNER EARS PINK
2 EYES BLACK
2 INNER EYES WHITE
1 PRETTY BOW YELLOW (FELT OR SATIN)
1 CHEESE DARK YELLOW
CUT OUT SMALL HOLES FOR SWISS CHEESE OUT OF PINKING SHEERS OR SCISSORS
1 PRETTY BOW YELLOW (FELT OR SATIN)
1 BRAIDED TAIL FROM YARN APPROX 10 INCHES FINISHED LENGTH OF BRAID
tie with yarn at both ends to secure until later
1 FEW STRANDS OF YARN FOR HAIR APPROX 3 INCHES FINISHED BRAID
tie one end with yarn to secure for later.
MAKE 2 BRAIDS USING (3 GROCERY BAGS PER BRAID) TOGETHER AND TIE BOTH ENDS TO KEEP SECURE UNTIL LATER. These will be the bags handles. I used different colored bags that would pick up the color in the fabric.
1 MAIN BAG OUTSIDE:
2 BAG MAIN COLOR, MEASUREMENTS: 15 HIGH X 12 3/4 WIDE
2 POCKETS 33 LONG X 6 WIDE
1 FABRIC BOTTOM FOR THE BOTTOM OF LUNCH BAG 12 1/2 X 4 7/8 INCHES
1 CARDBOARD OR (PLASTIC IS BEST) 17 7/8 X 4 3/8 INCHES
LUNCH BAG CRITTER LINING
2 EARS LIGHT GREY
1 CHEESE LIGHT YELLOW
LUNCH BAG LINING (INNER BAG)
2 LUNCH BAG LINING 15 HIGH X 12 3/4 WIDE
2 POCKETS 33 LONG X 6 WIDE FOR INNER LINING
2 SIDE INSERTS 4 3/4 INCHES X APPROX 13 INCHES
1 BOTTOM LINING CUT 12 1/2 X 4 7/8 INCHES
LUNCH BAG INTERFACING OR PELLON THIS GOES IN-BETWEEN THE LINING AND BAG FABRIC FOR SUPPORT.
CUT 2 INTERFACING ( THIS PIECE GETS IRONED TO THE WRONG SIDE OF THE MAIN FABRIC.
MAKE SURE YOU CUT IT OUT EITHER RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER OR WRONG SIDES TOGETHER, THIS ENSURES YOU CUT THEM OUT CORRECTLY. (NOTE: ONE SIDE HAS ADHESIVE )
USING THE PIECE OF FABRIC YOU CUT FOR THE BAG AS YOUR PATTERN (CUT OUT YOUR INTERFACING.) FOR THE BAG FRONT AND BACK.
CUT 2 INTERFACING FOR BAG BOTTOM USING BAG FABRIC YOU CUT AS A PATTERN
CUT 2 INTERFACING FOR THE BAG INTERFACING (FROM BAG FABRIC SIDES FOR PATTERN)
Step 3: IRON INTERFACING TO FABRIC PIECES
Place one piece of parchment paper on your ironing surface. Next place your pinned pieces on top of it. Remove pins and cover with your 2nd piece of parchment paper. Now iron according to instructions, making sure the interfacing is stuck good to the fabric. Note: it takes longer to iron interfacing to burlap because it is an open weave.
Next decide if you want your critter to be stiff or not. If you want it stiff cut out interfacing using the the fabric pieces for a pattern ( On the ones you want stiffer.) If it were me I would omit this step altogether. I did use interfacing for the critter on this bag.
Step 4: SEWING CAPRI SUN PACKETS TOGETHER
Step 5: PLACE ALL CRITTER PIECES TOGETHER
Step 6: SEWING THE MAIN PART OF THE BAG.
Pin the sides to the front of the bag. It is one of the large pieces. Next sew the side seams bout the width of your pressure foot. Iron seams flat. Trim threads. Next pin the back to the front on each side right sides together. It should form a bag with no bottom. Iron seams flat and trim thread. Now pin the bottom piece to the ends ( sides) of the bag centering it, by finding center on both pieces. Lay one end as flat as you can, placing under the pressure-foot. Be sure to allow about the length of the pressure-foot before you begin to sew.
Here is a sample picture. NOTE: it is necessary to allow some room at the ends so when you sew the sides of the bottom you have a little give. When you sew the sides after the ends this will sew the part that was missed.
Sew both ends of the bag, trim threads and press seam flat.
Next pin the bottom sides to the bag sides. Sew the width of the pressure-foot. NOTE: it will be necessary to ease the fabric in at the ends. Trim threads and iron seams flat.
Step 7: SEWING THE LINING
Pin your lined pocket to your (bag lining right sides together.) NOTE: Make sure you pin the open ends to the bottom of the bag lining. The sewn part of the pocket should be at the top for a pocket opening. Sew along the raw edges (the long side with a narrow seam. Trim threads. ) Next slide you Capri sun packages through the pocket sleeve. Next make a couple of seams where you want to make individual pockets. If you do not sew a couple of seams here, your pocket will hang open and not be useful. You could sew 3 seams if you want. It depends on how big of an item your going to put in the individual pockets. I designed these pockets to hold bottled water or frozen bottled water to keep the bag cold.
Next with right sides together pin the bag side to the bag lining. Sew a narrow seam. Trim threads and press. Next sew the other side of the bag to the bag lining making a narrow seam. Trim threads and press. You can sew both sides at the same sitting but by doing it this way you catch mistakes early.
You should have an open sleeve now. Next you will be following step 6 for sewing the bottom of the bag lining to the bag. Refer back to step 6 for that.
Step 8: LAYERING THE LINING INTO THE BAG
Step 9: HANDLES, BUTT, TAIL, AND MOUSE HEAD
Center mouse's butt on the back of the bag. Center tail on the lower part of her butt sticking it under the butt enough that it will be secure. Hand sew, glue, or use Velcro.
NOTE: Velcro might be a good choice if you plan on washing your purse. If you wash your purse don't use cardboard for the bottom insert, use a hard plastic instead.
Center mouse's head to the center of the bag front and hand sew or glue it into place. NOTE: From her cheeks down leave open so you can attach whiskers and cheese. Now glue or hand sew her whiskers into place.
Pin cheese and flower where it looks the best and hand sew, Velcro, or glue.
Glue hair into place and glue bow.
Step 10: MAKING THE CARDBOARD OR PLASTIC INSERT
FINISHED! NOW IT'S LUNCH TIME! Enjoy!