I love playsets. Well, I love my kids loving playsets. Why? If you get the right ones, they are open ended toys that provide hours of entertainment and storytelling. But the issue with playsets is that they are sets. If your kids are like mine, the little accessories that go with the playsets (people, swords, furniture, etc.) get separated from the playsets themselves pretty fast.
Now, for puzzles, I like to use Ziploc bags, especially since they are not everyday toys, but only come out every now and then. Playset accessories, however, are played with constantly. I didn't want to use plastic bags for them for fear of suffocation. So, what I came up with is a simple fabric bag.
This project is a great way to use any scraps of material you have lying around, or even material from an old shirt or pair of pants that has no other reuse value. You don't need a sewing machine for it, so don't worry if you don't have one. A sewing machine is faster, but needle and thread will be fine.
If you are familiar with sewing, just telling you to sew a fabric bag is probably all the instruction you need. If you are not, here are the very simple steps.
Needle and thread or sewing machine
Some type of closure (optional)
Decorative items such as fabric paint (optional)
Note: If you want to do some sort of closure for your bag, the type of closure you use will determine where it will go in the steps. Also, this is a simple utilitarian-type project, so if you are a beginning sewer, don't get too discouraged if the bag doesn't come out looking like it was done professionally. Have fun with it.
1. Cut a long piece of fabric twice the length of the finished bag. If you don't have enough raw
material to make one continuous piece, you can cut two pieces instead, approximately the size you want your bag.
2. Determine which two edges will be the top of the bag. With wrong side facing you, take one of the edges, fold it a tiny bit, and then over again so that the raw edge is hidden. Sew along the new edge you just created to hold it in place. Repeat along the other edge that will make the opening. At this point in my bag, I sewed two small pieces of scrap Velcro just beneath this seam on what will be the inside.
3. If you did the long continuous piece of fabric, fold the fabric with right sides facing and sew up along the two unfinished edges. Turn the piece right side in. If you did the two piece method, you will have 3 raw edges to sew up instead of two. Sew them and then turn your bag right side in.
4. At this point you could be done if you wanted to, or you can add embellishments.
If you are really great at sewing or are using this project to try out new methods or materials, you can get as fancy with it as you want. For me, I was just using it as a 10 minute project with a purpose. Do whichever way you feel comfortable with. I hope this works for you!