I use this bag for the stuff I use at my volunteers work. Once a week I read to children to increase their dutch vocabulary.
Thruth is, I don't like children that much. I love childrens things, but children... meh.
Then why do I do it? Because I believe it's good for them and it has to be done.
Also it gives me the opportunity to make nice childrens things, like this bag, with it's inhabitant CoocooLulu.
As you can see, this bag has a tree on it and there is a hole in the tree where there is room for a small toy.
Making a bag isn't that difficult, but getting the hole right can be!
However, if you get the order right, it's not that hard. Shall we begin then?
Step 1: What We Need
- Brightly coloured pieces of fleece
- a piece of canvas for the lining
- a chopstick
- a sewingmachine
Fleece has it's pro's and con's.
pro: it comes in bright colours, it's soft and it doesn't fray.
con: it stretches, so it can't support the weight of the books I'm going to put in. That's why I'm using a canvas lining.
Step 2: Measurements
Fold a piece of fleece and cut it. The folded part will be the bottom of the bag.
Then put this piece on a folded piece of canvas and cut that.
Now that the canvas is still folded, you can use the same length for the handles. Cut two pieces of 7 cm.
Step 3: Making the Handles
Turn them. A chopstick (preferably the fake-ivory ones) will come in surprisingly handy!
For extra durability, sew the sides of the turned handles.
Step 4: Making the Tree
I cut out the form , then put it on a piece of canvas and sew around the edges. The good side goes on the good side here!
Cut sharp corners as close to the seam as possible.
Then turn it.
Step 5: The Hard Part: Getting the Hole Right.
Now you put the good side of the tree on the wrong side of the bag.
Pin it in place and sew around the hole.
Cut out the hole in the bag and cut in the seams like shown in the picture. As close to the seams as possible. Don't cut the seams though!
Turn the tree et voila! We have a hole.
Step 6: Extra Lining Behind the Hole
Cut a piece of fleece that is bigger than the tree and put it on the wrong side. Sew the bottom and the top side. Make sure that the stitches can't bee seen: the tree must cover them.
Now sew the tree in place.
It's ok if it doesn't look very neat, you won't be seeing it.
Step 7: The Fun Part: Decorating
Step 8: Assembling the Bag
Leave a small opening in the lining so the bag can be turned!
Pin the handles in place, I put the middle in the middle of the middle ;)
put the bag in the lining, the good side goes on the good side. It should fit perfectly.
sew around the edge and turn the piece...
Step 9: Find an Inhabbitant and Carry On!
All that is left is find a suitable occupant. How about a crochetted squirrel or a knitted pigeon?