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From: Sews4kate
Date: 09-14-2006, 10:35 PM (1 of 14)
Does anyone have directions or can you point me where to go to get directions on how to make "I Spy Bags" like this:

It seems fairly simple enough. I guess I was wondering what materials were used, where to get the pellets.

I think something like that would be great for my dd. I almost bought one, but decided I'd like to make my own!
User: Sews4kate
Member since: 08-20-2005
Total posts: 182
From: DorothyL
Date: 09-14-2006, 11:03 PM (2 of 14)
Boy, I'm not sure I would trust one of those, whoever made it.
There are a lot of little things to get caught in baby's throat and a tooth or anything else could snag that plastic, it seems.
But what do I know??
User: DorothyL
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From: Sancin
Date: 09-15-2006, 03:04 AM (3 of 14)
I agree with Dorothy re safety. :nervous: Pellets can be purchased at our Fabricland here in BC, so probably can be purchased any where in US or Canada. I note the pattern says not to be used for children under three and that seams are reenforced. I made a soft minkii dog for my brandnew grandson and considered the pellets as they would have made the toy 'behave', but ended up using polyfill due to my concerns. But when I think about it when daughter was a toddler her favourite toy was 'Bitsy Baby' and it was filled with pellets - 35 years ago. I had professional photo's taken of her at 18 months and there she is with Bitsy in every frame. She cried the entire session yet not one photo showed her crying. Oh, what a great photographer! I still have Bitsy saved in a trunk. :bluewink:
*~*~*~* Nancy*~*~*~* " I try to take one day at a time - but sometimes several days attack me at once."
User: Sancin
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From: Sews4kate
Date: 09-15-2006, 08:45 AM (4 of 14)
my dd is 3.5 yo. You think it's unsafe for her? We are going on a long car trip, thought it would keep her busy. hmmm guess I'll have to reconsider.
User: Sews4kate
Member since: 08-20-2005
Total posts: 182
From: SummersEchos
Date: 09-15-2006, 09:10 AM (5 of 14)
What do you think your DD will do with this? I think that is the best way to judge the toy.

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From: Sew-blessed
Date: 09-15-2006, 09:48 AM (6 of 14)
I haven't ever sewed the clear plastic before. Anyone have any experience with it they would like to share? I wanted to make a handbag that will hold a picture in the front. I think that plastic will work if I can find it. Thanks!!

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Member since: 09-05-2006
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From: SheliaHC
Date: 09-15-2006, 10:29 AM (7 of 14)
I don't think there is any one thing that will keep a 3.5 year old occupied for a long time. Maybe you should put together a bag of some of her favorite toys, a coloring book with a few crayons, a childrens sing-a-long cd or maybe look into a portable dvd player. You may also want to schedule part of the driving time to be during sleep or nap time.

User: SheliaHC
Member since: 12-28-2005
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From: Magot
Date: 09-15-2006, 11:14 AM (8 of 14)
We used to pack a little lunch box with new things - a small toy, note book, pencils, colouring book, small reading book(ladybird) box of raisin and so on for each of our kids as their in-car entertainment centre. They weren't allowed to open the box for the first half hour and it seemed to work well.

If your daughter isn't the chewing kind I think it would be fine - I agree that it should be used for the under 3's though.
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From: Sews4kate
Date: 09-15-2006, 01:07 PM (9 of 14)
Thanks everyone! I was hoping to include this toy in a bag of things to do on the trip, I already have some other stuff in mind. Her attention span is that of a, well, 3 yo LOL! So I thought it might be fun. She doesn't sleep in the car no matter when we leave unless it is after bedtime, but that is not an option for us. I may give the bag a try, I don't think she'd chew on it at all.
User: Sews4kate
Member since: 08-20-2005
Total posts: 182
From: lizzybugsmommy
Date: 09-15-2006, 01:48 PM (10 of 14)
I wish I would have saved that bean bag I just threw away. We had a split in it and they were everywhere before I knew what had happened. I think if you keep an eye on her in the car she should be fine. My three and a half yo didnt bother to put them in her mouth. Depends on the child though. I would say use the peanuts but I think that would be more dangerous than the small things. I got it why not use paper confetti. I know they sell it by the bag full at most dollar type stores.
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User: lizzybugsmommy
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From: kdgteacher
Date: 09-15-2006, 03:29 PM (11 of 14)
Those I spy bags are neat and easy to make. They are sewn shut, you can't get into them. The front and back are made of fleece. You cut out the design you want in the front, then use a piece of plastic tablecloth to cover the design. You can buy the plastic tablecloth by the yard at is the same stuff I used for my fish tank shirt from an earlier thread. Stuff it with small toys your child likes, like from Oriental Trading or wherever, put in small styrofoam balls or really small plastic or rubber beads, and then sew it shut. The possibilites are endless. My 3 y/o would be fine with it. Hope this helps. Felicia
You can also use the Dress it Up buttons...really cute themes.
User: kdgteacher
Member since: 01-11-2006
Total posts: 45
From: Sews4kate
Date: 09-15-2006, 05:25 PM (12 of 14)
Thank you so much! I am so excited to try this!
User: Sews4kate
Member since: 08-20-2005
Total posts: 182
From: AndreaSews
Date: 09-29-2006, 09:00 PM (13 of 14)
if the beads are hard to find, consider dry lentil beans, rice, or flax seeds from the health food store--more money, but a finer size, and you can use the extras for relaxing eye mask and add some lavender seeds. :up:
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
Total posts: 1007
From: Sancin
Date: 09-30-2006, 03:46 AM (14 of 14)
This isn't in relation to beads but to travelling. As I live a long way from anywhere one of the things I found at all ages travelling with my children was taped stories. Initially I made the tapes by reading their favourite stories onto tapes that fit into a portable tape recorder (worked wonderfully on a long train trip for my fussy toddler) and later I purchased CD's. Don't forget to take extra batteries. I think that some of the toy companies that make everything you can ever think of do have this type of toy but may be expensive. As my children became older I would borrow from the library or purchase CD's of stories we would all like. Mysteries were really good.
Hope you have a good travelling experience.
*~*~*~* Nancy*~*~*~* " I try to take one day at a time - but sometimes several days attack me at once."
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