Tuesday, January 15, 2008

A Toy Bag


Sawyer has a growing collection of wooden toys. Little puzzles and animals and stuff like that. We like to take them with us to church to keep him quiet, but they keep spilling out of my tote bag onto the wooden floor. It is always very loud when it happens.

So, I decided I needed a way that we can transport them, without losing valuable pieces and without extra noise. I knew I had enough white fleece leftover from the snowballs and thought the fleece would be nice and cushioned, therefore muffling the sound of wooden toys on a wooden floor. Then, being a busy and forgetful mom, I thought I might need a window in the front to remind me what's inside. I can't tell you how many times I've put toys in a bag and forgot about them, only to find them months later when the baby has outgrown them. With a vinyl window on the front, I can see right in and I won't forget about any toys. It's kind of like an "eye spy" bag. I can spy in the bag to see its contents.

And, of course, I got to use that walking foot again. I think I forgot I owned it, it's been so long since I've used it. Hmmm. Maybe I need to sew a vinyl-windowed bag for the walking foot, too!

11 comments:

nikko said...

What a great idea. I would have never thought to put a window in it! Can you sew vinyl without a walking foot?

Karyn said...

Lera, you're so smart. Good thinking, I love the bag.

It would also make a great knitting bag, maybe not in fleece. I tend to keep my knitting projects (which are always small) in large zippered pouches. If I could SEE what's inside, I might actually be tempted to finish them!

Chara Michele said...

Oh what a great idea!

laeroport said...

You're so clever!

amandajean said...

great idea putting a vinyl window in the front. I had trouble with sewing the clear vinyl with my regular presser foot...I will have to try to use the walking foot next time. thanks for the tip!

atet said...

What a GREAT bag!!! I love the idea of the window.

Cici said...

very clever! i love the bag.

Sonja said...

That's an excellent idea!
I also like the idea about the vinyl-window bag for the walking foot. Good thinking, sister! :)

FinnyKnits said...

Ooh! The eye spy bag! I still want to make one of these for my goddaughter. I also still need to find a walking foot for my machine...d'oh!

I like the toy bag -- so clever.

LK said...

I love it! I have never used vinyl. Do you just sew it in like fabric? - Well, I guess that is what the walking foot is for. I have never used one...easy?

dig this chick said...

Very clever. Not that I am surprised. Walking foot....this is something I will learn about in my sewing class, no?

And, I am thinking about treating myself to a new sewing machine for my 30th b day. Would love your insight.