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elephany i-spy bag next to laminated dry erase key card
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Elephant I-Spy Bag Tutorial

This elephant dry erase I-spy bag is so easy to make and keeps kids busy! A simple sewing project that includes a free cutting template! 
Prep Time15 mins
Active Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Yield: 1 bag
Cost: under $5


  • sewing machine
  • pins
  • scissors
  • laminator


  • Cut out 2 elephants from the printable template. Cut a hole in the center of one elephant (using the printable template).
    two felt elephant cut outs with pins, rice, small trinkets and fabric paint
  • Cut a square of clear vinyl to cover the hole on the elephant.
    hand holding piece of clear vinyl
  • 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.
    clear vinyl sewn over window opening on i-spy bag
  • 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.
    scissors trimming vinyl
  • Stich from the top of the trunk base to the bottom. This will prevent toys and rice from getting stuck in the trunk.
    elephant i-spy bag with stitching across trunk
  • Lay out the toys and trinkets on your work surface. Snap a photo. Print out the photo and laminate it.
    phone taking picture of i-spy toys and trinkets
  • Fill the elephant with a couple spoonfulls of rice and a handful of small toys and trinkets. Pin the opening closed.
    Stitch opening closed.
    i-spy bag filled with rice and toys and pinned closed
  • Add details with fabric paint. Let paint dry.
    hand adding eye details to elephant in fabric paint
  • Tuck dry erase I-spy bag in your purse or in the car to keep little ones busy!
    elephany i-spy bag next to laminated dry erase key card