Many fabric bags or fabric totes for kids’ toys can be rather wimpy. Have you ever put toys and books in a fabric bag and the parts and pieces went missing in the bottom of the bag? A few years ago, after purchasing adorable finger puppets for her granddaughters, Nancy Zieman knew the finger puppets needed a new “stand up” home in a NEW! Kids Activity Bag – designed by Nancy!

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Fabric and Supplies:

 

  If you’d like a taller top closure like the activity bag pictured below (front), purchase three fat quarters plus 1/3 yard of a fourth coordinating fabric, in this instance, the yellow striped fabric.

Prepare Fabrics:

     Pre-shrink project fabrics by steaming and pressing, and steaming and pressing a second time, and then spray starch and press one more time – using June Tailor’s® Starch Savvy.

June Tailor's Quilter's Starch Saavy

Stitch Nancy’s Kids Activity Bag:

All seam allowances are 1/2″, unless otherwise noted.

Approximate Finished Size 6″ x 6″ x 10″.

  • Fold two fat quarters, wrong sides together, meeting short ends – and trim off selvage edges with a 45mm rotary cutter. Unfold fabrics. These fabrics will be used as the outer and inner lower bags.

  • Stack fabrics with folds at bottom. Using a 45mm rotary cutter, ruler, and cutting mat cut four 10″ x 13″ rectangles, trimming away the folds at fabric bottom: Cut two outer lower bag rectangles, and two inner (lining) lower bag rectangles. Cut out 3″ squares at both lower bag corners, as shown in photo below.

Omnigrid 6.5" x 6.5" Square Ruler

  • Place two outer lower bag rectangles right sides together. Pin at lower edge.
  • Using a Schmetz Universal Size 80 Needle stitch bottom seam with 1/2″ seam allowance. Press seam open.

Schmetz Universal Size 80 Needles available at shopnzp.com

Flower Head Pins

  • Zigzag or baste outer edges of bag unit to Pellon Peltex, stitching around all outer edges.
  • Place two inner/lining lower bag rectangles right sides together. Pin at lower edge. Stitch with 1/2″ seam allowance. Press seam open.

  • Using a 45mm rotary cutter cut a 9″ x 13″ rectangle from the third fat quarter. This will later become the outer pocket.
  • Fold rectangle, right sides together – meeting long edges.
  • Stitch the long edge seam with 1/2″ seam allowance. Leave short ends un-stitched and open!

  • Turn pocket rectangle right side out. Press seam open over a Seam Stick.
  • Overlay pocket rectangle to right side of lower outer bag. Using Clover’s 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge, place pocket rectangle 5/8″ above lower edge of lower outer bag. Pin.
  • With a Schmetz Universal Size 80 Needle, edgestitch pocket rectangle to outer lower bag – along side edges and bottom seam. Leave top edge of pocket rectangle un-stitched and open!

Clover's 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge

  • Place outer lower bag unit right sides together. Pin or Wonder Clip at side seams.
  • Stitch side seams with 1/2″ seam allowance. Press seams open over a Seam Stick.

seam stick pressing wood stick available at shopnzp.com 

  • Place inner/lining lower bag unit right sides together. Pin or Wonder Clip at side seams.
  • Stitch side seams with 1/2″ seam allowance. Press seams open over a Seam Stick.

  • With outer lower bag right sides together, stack one seam over center bottom seam. Wonder Clip

  • Stitch lower corner “gusset” seam with 1/4″ seam allowance.
  • Repeat steps above, and stitch all four lower “gusset” seams on outer lower bag, and inner/lining lower bag.

  • Turn lower outer bag right side out.
  • Tuck lining inside outer lower bag, with wrong sides together. Wonder Clip.
  • Zigzag or serge along top edge of lower bag.

Stitch upper bag unit:

  • Cut two 10″ x 13″ rectangles from fourth fat quarter (Or cut two 12″ x 13″ rectangles, from 1/3 yd. fabric, for longer upper bag option).
  • Fold rectangles in half, wrong sides together, meeting long 13″ edges.
  • Press at folds, pressing in a memory line for later!
  • Unfold the rectangles and align rectangles, right sides together.
  • Stitch the 10″ side seams with 1/2″ seam allowances. Press seams open over a Seam Stick.
  • Turn right sides out. Re-fold along the pressed memory lines.
  • Zigzag or serge along lower edge of upper bag.
  • Edgestitch around bag top edge, along folded edge. Topstitch a second time around bag top edge at 1″ from folded edge – this creates a casing for the ribbon! (Be sure the distance between the stitching lines is at least 3/4″ and slightly wider than ribbon).
  • Back stitch at both seam intersections – along both bag side seams/edges (This is really important – you’ll see why later :-) ).
  • Here’s a close-up of back stitching at all four seam intersections.

Assemble bag unit:

  • Place upper bag over lower bag, right sides together. Wonder Clip around entire top edge.
  • Stitch upper bag to lower bag, with 1/2″ seam allowance.
  • Turn upper bag fabric right side out and up.
  • Use the I Sew For Fun Seam Ripper to remove a few stitches at both outer side seams – between ribbon casing stitching lines.
  • Be careful to remove stitches on the outside/right side of the bag, between ribbon casing stitching lines only. This creates the ribbon casing openings.
  • Using a scissors cut two 36″ ribbon lengths.
  • Using an Easy Loop Turner or Clip ‘n Glide Bodkin, insert one ribbon length into casing opening, around the entire bag top, and back out the same casing opening. Knot ribbon ends together.
  • Using an Easy Loop Turner or Clip ‘n Glide Bodkin, insert second ribbon length into the opposite casing opening, around the entire bag top, and back out the same casing opening. Knot ribbon ends together.

  • Presto, you’re done! The inside is bright, and the bag is sturdy – thanks to the Pellon Peltex underlining. There will not be any lost toys in this activity bag!

 Kids Activity Bag Fabric and Supplies:

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For a chance to be the random winner a Clip ‘n Glide Bodkin from Clover, please leave a comment sharing how you’d use Nancy’s Kids Activity Bag. Get Creative – This bag has many other uses!

Clover will give away one Clip ‘n Glide Bodkin to one US resident in the 48 contiguous states. Winner must reply within 30 days to the official giveaway announcement email message – sent from Nancy Zieman Productions. Email Team NZP at [email protected]

 

2020 NZP Pillow Sewing Challenge

Be sure to join in and follow the 2020 Nancy Zieman Productions Pillow Sewing Challenge at the NZP Blog. Find Pillow Sewing Challenge details on our Official Nancy Zieman Productions 2020 Pillow Sewing Challenge Launch Posting. Deadline to enter is Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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