Watch our step by step video!
In 2011 I shared a simple tutorial for making a dry-erase I-spy bag. I made two for my boys (who are now 16 and 14 years old1!) and we used them for years and years! It was time to make a new one for Mac, so I updated this post with new photos and a new style.
How To Add a Pocket To Your I-Spy Bag
More Creative Activities For Kids
Elephant Dry Erase I-Spy Bag Sewing Tutorial
Elephant I-Spy Bag Tutorial
- sewing machine
- Cut out 2 elephants from the printable template. Cut a hole in the center of one elephant (using the printable template).
- Cut a square of clear vinyl to cover the hole on the elephant.
- Sew the vinyl over the window on the back of the elephant. Stitch close to the edge of the circle.Tip: Dip your finger in water and run it over the top of the clear vinyl. Vinyl can stick to the pressure foot on the sewing machineand be tricky to work with, but when it is slightly wet it glides much easier.
- Trim off excess vinyl.Place the back elephant piece behind the front one and pin into place. Stitch around the outer edge, leaving an opening for adding rice and toys.
- Stich from the top of the trunk base to the bottom. This will prevent toys and rice from getting stuck in the trunk.
- Lay out the toys and trinkets on your work surface. Snap a photo. Print out the photo and laminate it.
- Fill the elephant with a couple spoonfulls of rice and a handful of small toys and trinkets. Pin the opening closed. Stitch opening closed.
- Add details with fabric paint. Let paint dry.
- Tuck dry erase I-spy bag in your purse or in the car to keep little ones busy!