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.