Category: With Kids in Mind

Bandana Drawstring Bag

I don’t know about you, but my boys love to take at least one toy with them in the car when we go somewhere.  I do make them leave them in the car, most of the time.  However, we have had a few issues remembering to get all the toys out of the car again when we get home.  Especially, if they acquire something else while we are out.  So in order to combat that problem, for Christmas I made each boy a simple drawstring bag that is for the sole purpose of going to and from the car.  The bag is to put the toy in when we leave the house (if it don’t fit, it can’t go) and to gather all belongings when we get out of the car.  No more having mommy try to carry everything out of the car.

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Bandana Drawstring Bag
This took me about 30 minutes from start to finish.

Supplies:
2 Bandanas
Parachute Cord (any cord that you would like to use for the straps)
Needle and thread (or sewing machine)

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Directions:
1. First, I ironed both of my bandanas to “try” and get out the wrinkles.
2. Lay the two ironed bandanas on top of each other and mark off the size of your bag, remember to leave extra for the seams.  I think I cut out a 17 inch by 15 inch rectangle.  (I made these for my 2, 4, and 5 year old.)
3. Next, fold each of the bandanas down at the top about one inch. I left the bandanas on top of each other, folded one side down and then the other side down.  Sew the folds down.

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4. Next I cut two 2.5 inch by 2.5 inch squares from the leftover to make the loops that the string would run through.  I folded them with the good sides together and sewed the edge.  Then I flipped it inside out.

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5.  Now it is time to sew the sides together.  With the good sides together, I slipped the loop I made between the two good sides with the loop entirely in the middle.

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Sew around the sides and bottom of the bag.

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Make sure that you do not sew over the openings at the top of the bag.

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6.  Flip the bag inside out.
7.  Measure two pieces of parachute cord.  Mine were approximately 3 feet long, but you can make them longer or shorter depending on your kids.  Burn the ends of the parachute cord to prevent fraying.

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8. Thread them through the top of the bags.  One piece of cord for each side of the bag.  I tied the two pieces of cord together on either sides of the openings at the top of the bag.

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I then threaded the cord through the loops at the bottom of the bag and tied a knot.

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8.  All Done!

The boys were excited to get their bags Christmas morning.  I have bought some fabric markers and I am going to let the boys decorate their bags.  This will probably be their favorite part and it is also why I bought solid colored bandanas.

Just another Craft with the Cameron Clan!

Secret Stuffed Animal Storage

We have a lot of stuffed animals in this house.  I have tried to have some stuffed animals “disappear,” however, my sneaky boys found them before they could completely disappear.

Last night, while I was looking through a storage container full of fabric, I came across this cover I had made for my dorm room in college.  Sadly, I can’t remember what it covered.  Anyway, it is like a bag with a zipper on it.

For some reason, I thought that this would make the perfect storage container for Thing 1’s stuffed animals, especially since Thing 1 likes to lay all over them.  He can store all his animals is this bag and then sit or lay on it.

It’s a two for one deal, stuffed animal storage and giant pillow!

Thing 1 thought that the bag was the coolest idea.  He liked the idea that he could sit on it.  Whatever makes him happy.  I am just glad that he now has a designated place to put all of his animals.