I-Spy Bags

I-Spy bags are nothing new, but I thought they would be the perfect addition to my kid's Easter baskets this year.  After all, there is only so much candy a mom can hand off to her toddlers in good conscience, and we can bring them to church for a quiet activity.


The construction was simple - I cut a 6 inch square of clear plastic and 2 inch strips of fabric, and sewed them together in a log cabin quilt block.  The resulting block measured approximately 8 inches square.  For the back, I cut 3 8-inch squares: 1 for the lining (so the inside would look pretty under the filling), 1 for the back, and 1 for the pocket (fold in half).  I also interfaced the back piece with fusible fleece.   When sewing the plastic, insert a piece of tissue paper underneath so it doesn't stick to your sewing machine.


I found many of the trinkets around the house, but supplemented by purchasing a grab bag from High Pie Supply.  They sent me a great mix!  The poly pellets can be found at your local craft store, usually with the poly-fil stuffings and pillow forms.

I took a photo of each bag's trinkets and printed them on a little card to stick in the back pocket.  The cards are also backed 2 pieces of cardstock, so they are nice and thick.  To make the cards even more durable, you could laminate them.


I made three bags total, each with a different variety of items to find.


With any luck, these bags will keep my kids occupied (and quiet!) during our Easter church service.

(fabric from Riley Blake's Wheels and Summer Song collections)

36 comments:

Rhiannon said...

Love your take on the I-spy bags. Of course they're the cutest I've seen! And I love that you have a photo of everything tucked in the back. Very clever!

laurajane said...

Love your I spy bags,my grandchildren would love them.xxx

Leppäkerttu said...

This is a new concept for me, but I love them! I'm sure my niece and nephew would have fun with something like this:)

Michelle J. said...

Did the interfacing make it too stiff in the back? I would love to make these, but have never used interfacing before.

Holly said...

Did you fold the 2" strips in half? I'm wondering how you got a clean edge along the plastic.

Handmade Luver said...

Those are just too cool!

Larissa said...

So cute. Love the cards you made to go with them and their handy dandy pockets.

Just Another Day in Paradise

Mindy said...

This is such a great adaptation for toddlers who can't read yet. I was thinking about making an I-Spy jar for my girls, but they can't read yet, so I was thinking I'd have to wait a few years. I can't believe I didn't think of making a key card! (I also like the soft bag option much better than the jar that I grew up using.) Thanks for sharing.

Mary said...

The picture key is brilliant. I'm going to hustle and make some for our Easter baskets--quiet games for church are much needed. Thanks again for the many inspiring ideas!

Terry said...

I've been making eye spy bags for years! But yours are absolutely beautiful!
I buy my " toy fillers" at the Dollar Tree both in the party supply section and the wedding section.

Amy said...

HOw fun to make your own!!!

-Amy
Crafting by Candlelight

Mandy said...

I have been dying to make these! Where did you get the plastic pellets for the filling???

Thanks!

Mandy said...

Just kidding - I just re-read the post. I will have to check out JoAnn's :)

(My baby is teething, and the lack of sleep is starting to get to me:)

Jamie said...

these are amazing! i definitely need to make these!!!

Lil Mama Stuart said...

They are new to me! How fun, pinning!

Mama en zo said...

I like the idea of making them for churchetimes. My 4 year old will never sit still :) Maybe I have to make some of these!

Raysha said...

These are so cute. I have one that was given to me that fell apart the first day we had it. Now I can make my own and they can be adorable like yours!! Thanks for sharing.

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Jeanette said...

Great idea for the easter basket! Love your blog!

Stevie MooreBabies said...

Awesome! I have been wanting to make one for some time now... but always have an excuse (like I can't find the trinkets... thanks for blowing that out of the water lol). I pinned this!

Virginia said...

This is a super cute idea, immediately pinned!

Nadi said...

Great idea!!
i <3 your blog
Greetings from Germany
Nadi
www.bad-princess-design.jimdo.com

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

Those are very cute! I love this idea and will pin it for use in a few years. (#1 is coming later this month, so I've got a while!)

Trace and Sarah said...

ADORABLE! Just added it to my Pinterest board for my craft inspiration! Thanks for the rundown on how to make yours!

Sarah said...

So cute! I was just going to make some for a toddler busy bag exchange and I needed this post! I made up my first one tonight and we are going to test it out on a car trip this weekend...the tissue paper advice was a must! Thanks for posting.

Aimee said...

These are awesome! thank you so much for the great idea.

Jennifer said...

These are adorable! Thanks for the idea and helpful hints.

Jordan - Polkadot Prints said...

This is a new concept to me too, what a great idea for quiet times! Might be adding this to my car caddy that is permanently in my handbag!

Jacinda Cote said...

My mom and I made these a few years ago and they are so super awesome! I love that you added a pocket at the back of yours to put the item card in, genius!
We used large cookie cutters and made shapes for the peep holes, it was fun, but I really like how big your openings are.
Great Job! :)
Jacinda

The Pretty Pinhead said...

What a great idea! I am a new follower and love your blog. So much inspiration.

I'd love it if you follow me back :)

The Pretty Pinhead

Amy P said...

I just made one of these early this morning (before my daughter got up - success!). I made it with rice though, and I didn't rinse it first because I was too impatient to let it dry again before using it. I can tell it's going to be dusty in there! So heads up to anyone wanting to use rice for the filling.

jessica said...

These are amazing customised bags must want to make it for my self like purple one is awesome.

Oh la la said...

I had never seen anything like this before, they are not common in Sweden where I live. But I think it is an awesome idea, and I made one for my five year old son for our recent trip to New York. It was a success and made the nine hour flight from Stockholm go quite fast...

I followed your instructions carefully, and posted pictures of my I spy bag (as well as a link and credit to your blog!) on my blog: http://createohlala.blogspot.se/2012/05/diy-i-spy-bag-gor-det-sjalv-mitt-lilla.html

Thanks for this great idea and tutorial! You are such an inspiration!

Anonymous said...

What if you put the card inside another "window" on the back side and sewed it closed? That way the card won't get lost.

Bron said...

Thanks for sharing the how to...these made lovely Christmas gifts for little ones in our families. xx

theholidaytotsblog said...

These are brilliant! I can't wait to make some with my little chap :) Thanks for sharing... x

Anonymous said...

What kind of plastic do you use??? Great idea really want to make one :-)