Monday, 28 December 2009

Presents for Little Boys

I made eight of these for my sons and nephews for Christmas. Actually, I lie. I made seven, the eighth one (which is brown) is sitting in my to-do pile. I was up until 4am on Christmas morning finishing these off.

Apart from the applique on the front, all the other stitching was done on the industrial machine. I used my regular machine for the appliqué as the industrial machine only does straight stitch.

The main fabric is corduroy from my stash, and the appliqué fabric was a freebie from Retro Mummy. I used the eyelets that came in the packet with my eyelet pliers. They aren't flash, but they were fine for this job as the back of the eyelet is not visible.

I used one long length of fabric and folded it in the middle to make the bottom edge of the bag. (I know this means that half of the corduroy has its nap the wrong way, but I don't think it really matters). The sides are done with French seams. The cord on these two bags were the handles from a dress shop bag. I actually bought some extra cord from Spotlight to do the others.

The bags were a hit. My Dad didn't really get why they were so popular until we explained that they each had a couple of match-box cars inside. (Tee-hee!) The idea is that the bags are to be used to store matchbox cars as my kids and their cousins have an awful lot between them and they all sink to the bottom of the toy box.


  1. they look ace! I know why they were a hit! they are a great idea. I made them instead of lollie bags for Tylers birthday. Had to make 30 of them (no appilque though) and yes I would do it again, only next time do them in advance!

  2. Great gift idea, they look fantastic. I need a few for our toy box/es here! Susan

  3. Aside from sinking to the bottom of the toy box, they also roll under couches, find their way into the tupperware cupboard, slip down beside the bed and really hurt when stepped on. Anything that helps to keep them packed away in one place when not being played with sounds good to me Carmel... and the fact they look so cute is an added bonus!

  4. They look fabulous! We wouldn't know anything about Matchbox cars though. My girls are totally not interested in them. Perhaps for Barbie's clothes? I hope you and your family have the most wonderful, creative and inspired 2010.


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