Seek & Find Bag Tutorial

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Seek and Find Bags or I Spy Bags are such an awesome toy! I love search for little items to fill them with, especially things that are out of the ordinary!

Seek and Find Bag Tutorial from Muse of the Morning

To make one, you will need:
2 – 6.5×6.5 inch fabric squares
1 – piece of clear vinyl about 4inches square
20 or so little items
a small piece of paper listing the items- you can laminate this with contact paper or a home laminator to make it last longer, punch a hole in one end
a small piece of ribbon
half a cup or so of filler

Seek and Find Bag Tutorial from Muse of the Morning

To Find the Items:
Look for little things all around you- you can use ordinary things like nuts or bolts, coins, pencil erasers or paper clips. You can also try finding other fun things like shaped buttons, or shaped erasers, doll house accessories, jewelry charms or game pieces.

For Filler:
In my opinion the best filler is poly pellets. You can find these in any craft store. You can also use rice and I’ve heard of some people even using dried beans.

To Make the Bag:
Seek and Find Bag Tutorial from Muse of the Morning

Take your top square and fold it diagonally and mark 2 inches diagonally from the outside corner.

Seek and Find Bag Tutorial from Muse of the Morning

Cut from this mark toward the folded edge of the square. Fold diagonally the other direction and repeat.

Seek and Find Bag Tutorial from Muse of the Morning

You should have an X cut in the center of your square.

Seek and Find Bag Tutorial from Muse of the Morning
Seek and Find Bag Tutorial from Muse of the Morning

With the right side down, fold the flaps of the X toward the outside and iron.
Seek and Find Bag Tutorial from Muse of the Morning

Trim the corners off of the flaps.

Seek and Find Bag Tutorial from Muse of the Morning

Layer the vinyl square under the wrong side of the square. Sew them together along the edges of the opening with a 1/8inch seam allowance.

Seek and Find Bag Tutorial from Muse of the Morning

Trim the vinyl to about 1/4 inch around the edge of the opening. Round the corners.

Seek and Find Bag Tutorial from Muse of the Morning

Thread the ribbon through the hole in the list of items. Fold the ribbon in half and lay it on the back square, raw edges together and toward the outside of the square. The ribbon should only be about one inch inside the square. Pin in place.

Seek and Find Bag Tutorial from Muse of the Morning

Layer the square with the window on top with right side down.

Seek and Find Bag Tutorial from Muse of the Morning

Sew the squares together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Leave one edge partially open.

Seek and Find Bag Tutorial from Muse of the Morning

Zig zag stitch along the edges to keep them from fraying.

Seek and Find Bag Tutorial from Muse of the Morning
Clip corners and turn right side out.

Seek and Find Bag Tutorial from Muse of the Morning

First put in your i spy items. Then add about 1/2 or 3/4 cup of filler. I used a canning funnel so I didn’t spill the pellets all over the place. I recommend using a measuring cup to scoop the pellets because they will stick to your hand and then fall off all over the place.

You only want the bag to be about half full or it will be hard to look for the items in the bag.

Seek and Find Bag Tutorial from Muse of the Morning

Fold the open edge in and pin closed.

Seek and Find Bag Tutorial from Muse of the Morning

Sew the open edge closed with a 1/8 inch seam allowance. Make sure that the poly pellets are out of the way and that you catch all the edges.

Seek and Find Bag Tutorial from Muse of the Morning

And you’re done!

Seek and Find Bag Tutorial from Muse of the Morning

Have fun searching!!

P.S. Make sure you take any safety precautions that are necessary to keep kids safe from the small objects in this toy, including keeping away from children who are under 3 or still mouth things. I’m not responsible for your actions, so please remember that you are!

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10 Comments

  1. Thank you! I am making one for my sons birthday next month, and was a bit stumped how to get a nice clean “window” in there!

  2. This is a great tutorial. I’m super glad I stumbled on your site. I SOO needed to find a great last minute handmade Christmas gift – this is it! 🙂

    • Hi! Thank you for stopping by!
      I get the vinyl at JoAnns- it seems like they only have one and that seems plenty thick. I don’t know any specifics about it though.

      Enjoy the tutorial!
      Chrissy

    • Hi Vicky,
      That is a great idea! You mean the bags that sheets and blankets are bought in, right? That would work really well I think!
      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your idea!
      Chrissy

  3. wHAT IS A FAIR PRICE FOR ONE OF THESE AT A CRAFT SHOW?

    CAN YOU RECOMMEND ANY ITEMS TO BE PLACED IN ONE FOR AN ADULT ? . I AM THINKING OF A LONG RECOVERY OF A PERSON FROM SURGERY .

    • Hi Mary,
      I think that a seek and find bag would make a great idea for an adult. I would search on etsy for charm lots to find little items. I would think that any little charm or shaped bead would work well!
      Thank you for stopping by and commenting!
      Chrissy

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