56 responses

  1. Kristy
    July 25, 2013

    Very clever!

  2. Tammy
    July 25, 2013

    What great tutorials. Really enjoyed reading all of these.

    • Beckie
      July 26, 2013

      Thanks so much for reading each day, Tammy!

  3. Amy
    July 26, 2013

    Do you think interfacing would work as well as the fusible fleece? Really wanting to start this one for my two daughters!

    • Beckie
      July 28, 2013

      As long as it is heavy duty, it should be fine.

  4. Jenny
    July 27, 2013

    Any idea about how the ziploc bags hold up over time?

    • Beckie
      July 28, 2013

      I had a similar bag that I used to use for my toiletries that held up for 2+ years. I guess it depends on how rough your kids are on them. You can always resew bags to the center if some get ruined.

  5. Misty
    July 27, 2013

    These are so clever! I was looking for something very close to this. I think I might forgo looking and use your design. Thank You for sharing it!

    • Beckie
      July 28, 2013

      If you do give them a try, please let me know how they come out. Best of luck!

  6. jave
    July 27, 2013

    I love these!!! I hope you don’t mind me re-blogging this post. I will definitely do something like this for my kids too.

    • Beckie
      July 28, 2013

      Hi Jave, I don’t mind you sharing my bags with one pic and a link back. Thanks so much for reading and sharing!

  7. Ana L.
    July 27, 2013

    You could pick up a few cheap pencil pouches during back to school season and sew those in, instead of ziplocks for a more durable but still quick and easy busy book.

    • Beckie
      July 28, 2013

      Love it!!!

  8. Rebecca
    July 29, 2013

    I’m very new to being creative and learning to see! I have made it through the first few steps of this and am completely confused about how to sew the two pieces together and then turn it right side in…please help!

    This is such an awesome bag!

    • Beckie
      July 31, 2013

      Okay, so you cut the piece in half. Then sandwich the bags between the two pieces with the correct sides facing the bags. After you have that sewn, you take the first piece and then this new piece with the bags sewn in and face those correct sides together. Sew all the way around leaving a small opening for turning. Then flip it right side out. Then sew that hole closed. If that doesn’t help call me, and I can walk your through it. 317-215-5551

  9. Nicole S.
    August 3, 2013

    I just made two bags for my kids, to take in the car on a road trip. Perfect item to bring with us to keep them entertained in the car as well as camping. Great tutorial!

    • Beckie
      August 5, 2013

      Awesome! Thanks, Nicole!

  10. Ann
    August 5, 2013

    Made some of these today and they came out great! i can’t wait to fill them and give them as gifts. Great tutorial, very easy to understand. I did use a couple small binder clips to keep the baggies lined up as I sewed them to the lining. Worked great. Thanks!

    • Beckie
      August 7, 2013

      Awesome, Ann. Thanks for sharing. Hope the kiddos love them!

  11. Tina Lee
    August 8, 2013

    I just made the first one as a test. Thinking about making this as my son’s coming up birthday party’s party favor! The only down side was the zip lock bags kept slipping out from either side. So, I thought may be I should add one Velcros on each side. Then, I realized when I don’t put anything in the bags, due to the ziplock part is heavier that the bags all crumble down. Therefore, I tried out another one. I sewed the bags at the top instead of the middle. It turned out great! No slipping out from the sides. No need to add extra Velcros on the side. The only downside is when I fill the bags with goodies, it doesn’t stand up as in the picture above. I guess I will just have to display them lying down. :-) Thank you very much for the great tutorial and the idea!

    • Beckie
      August 9, 2013

      Hi Tina,
      So glad you tried out the tutorial. That’s weird about the bags. I am glad you were able to make them work in the end. Great idea to use them as party favor bags!

      • Tina Lee
        August 9, 2013

        It didn’t happened to you? The ziplock portion is heavier that if I don’t put anything in, it all crumbles down and slipped to the sides. When I put stuff in them, depends how it stands in the bags, it falls out from the sides too! It is weird that it only happens to me! Not sure what I did different? :(

      • Beckie
        August 12, 2013

        The fuller you fill them the better in place the bags will stay.

  12. Kathleen
    December 30, 2013

    This is a really cute project! A couple questions though: did you use a particular stitch length when sewing the baggies together with the lining pieces? When leaving a space for turning the project right side out, where do you feel the best place is to leave the opening for turning? Lastly, after #11 you show a picture of a piece being trimmed but you don’t mention anything about trimming. Thank you for your help!

    • Beckie
      January 4, 2014

      Hi Kathleen, I did not use a particular stitch length. I just set it to the default. I leave the space on the side for turning. Yes, if any of the edges is more than say 1/4″, I would probably trim. I hope that helps. Good luck!

  13. sansuey
    December 30, 2013

    This is something that could be useful for many different uses depending on what one puts into the bags. Thanks much for sharing!

    • Beckie
      January 1, 2014

      You are welcome. :-)

  14. Angela King
    February 26, 2014

    I’m having a really hard time sewing through the baggies. Any tips? Did others have this problem?

  15. mykaholly
    March 28, 2014

    You are a genius. I made one of these for a gift this morning and it was easy and fast. Now to make one more for the sister of the recipient!! Thanks so much!

    • Beckie
      March 28, 2014

      Yay, I am thrilled you could use the tutorial. I hope the kiddos love their new bags!

  16. Laurie Miles
    June 11, 2014

    I am going to make one of these for some American Girl shoes and socks I’m taking to a birthday party this weekend. I think it will work out very well! Thanks,

    • Beckie
      June 11, 2014

      Laurie, I am so glad you are able to use the tutorial and think it’s a great idea to use it as a gift bag. I hope the birthday girl loves it! :)

  17. Sharon Hughson
    August 17, 2014

    Thanks for the link. These might become Christmas gifts!

    • Beckie
      August 18, 2014

      They would definitely make great gifts, especially stuffed with a few goodies. :-)

  18. mummy m’s memories
    November 5, 2014

    I love these, and hoping to make them for gifts for Christmas stacked with activities…. however im not a sewing person. Do you sew the bottom of the baggies? so the top of the bags aren’t attached? Sorry. Blonde moment. If they are a success, I would love to write about it on my blog with a link back, is that ok?

    • Beckie
      November 6, 2014

      Yes, you can definitely share one picture with a link back. I am so glad you like them! And, yes, you do sew the bottoms (see step 9). Please let me know if you need any more help!

  19. Nazare
    December 11, 2014

    i LOVE these bags! I however would never be able to make them. Would you be willing to make 2 and let me buy them from you???

    • Beckie
      December 12, 2014

      I am sorry, but I do not sell them. :-(

  20. Joanne
    December 30, 2014

    thanks these look really great my grand daughters 4th birthday coming up I was trying to find something different. I will give this a go looks easy from your directions

  21. Joanne
    December 30, 2014

    I might try material with zips instead of the zip lock bags.

    • Beckie
      December 30, 2014

      Let me know how it comes out. I hope your grand daughter loves it! :-)

  22. Tracy Dunton
    January 7, 2015

    I Just made one with afew modifications… I sewed binder rings in to be able to use pencil bags instead of plastic baggies and put pockets inside both covers!

    • Beckie
      January 7, 2015

      Awesome! So the pencil bags can come out? That’s really cool.

      • Tracy Dunton
        January 7, 2015

        Yes the pencil bags can be added or taken out at any time! I have filled pencil bags with different items( markers and paper,crayons and coloring pages , puzzles ect ) so the kids can “earn a new activity pouch” on our 1,500 mile drive!

      • Beckie
        January 9, 2015

        Oooooo, I love that!!! And that is quite the trip! Ha!

  23. Kelly
    January 23, 2015

    What is a “fat quarter”…not very crafty but I’m going to try! Measurements?

    • Beckie
      January 30, 2015

      Fat Quarters are pre-cut quarter-yard pieces of fabric. They are about 18″ x 21″. You can find tons of options at craft stores like Joann’s. I hope that helps. Let me know how it comes out!

  24. Viv
    February 26, 2015

    Thank you for the nice tuto of the busybag. This is also usefull for sewingnotions.
    So I made one but changed some things. I sew the plastic bags on a strip of velcro, the other side of the velcro in middle of lining. So you can easily change the plastic bags.(just sew bags on a new velcrostrip).
    I also made two pockets on each side on the lining.
    Greetings from Belgium!! Viv

    • Beckie
      February 27, 2015

      Hey Viv! Thanks so much for reading. I love your idea to make the bags interchangeable. Genius!

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